"American Lands programs are designed to protect and restore functioning ecosystems and address the underlying threats to them. Our programs rely on science-based solutions. Economists have demonstrated that the earth services provided by natural systems, including clean water, clean air and climate stabilization, often far exceed the value of commodity extraction. Yet, wildlands are being altered and developed at an alarming rate. All living things humans, plants and animals need these natural systems for survival and quality of life. This organization was dissolved in 2014. Its archives are kept here as a public service. - Project Vote Smart"