Winners of a national essay contest will meet with Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell this week in Washington D.C.
Essays explaining the importance of public lands to today's youth were judged from around the country. Five winners from Montana, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Wyoming and Virginia were chosen and will spend part of the week meeting with Jewell, their own congressional delegation and CEO's of some of the largest conservation organizations in the country.
“America's public lands are one of our nation's greatest treasures. I've worried that the loss of connection with our outdoor heritage imperils these lands,” said Brad Powell, senior policy director of the Sportsmen’s Conservation Project at Trout Unlimited. “Reading the essays of these young hunters and anglers gives me great hope that our public lands will be in good hands in the future."
A Spiritual Tradition: The Importance of Public Lands to Me
Modern society has convinced the outdoorsman in me that I was born too late. The rivers that I frequent are suppressed in spirit, their wonder restrained to their actual dimensions by urban sprawl, highways, and water treatment plants. ... [ READ MORE... ]
"Public Lands and Me"
By Haley Powell
Public lands are an opportunity, an opportunity to experience nature in a singular and transcendental way. Aristotle put it best when he said, “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” These lands, and access to them, allow people to... [ READ MORE... ]
By Jarred Kay
Many of my life’s biggest revelations have occurred outside while on public land: hunting in national forests, rafting through national parks, fishing on national lakes, and even understanding my history through national monuments (see pictures below). Throughout the time I have... [ READ MORE... ]
By Noah Davis
The trees still cling to the morning fog as I drive out of the valley into the mountains along the Allegheny Front, toward a lake of clouds nestled in the ridges. The early summer foliage acts as translucent glass, sending patterns of light down upon the hood of my truck. The pull-... [ READ MORE... ]
By Rebecca Brown
I love my home. I always have, and always will. I'm not talking about the house I live in, the street it's located on, or even the town. I'm talking about the state of Montana. It's such a magnificent place, with its diverse terrain and variety of weather. In a relatively short... [ READ MORE... ]