Happy (slightly belated) #NationalPublicLandsDay
! Established in 1994, it is “the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort,” according to the @NPS.
Besides visiting your nearest #nationalpark
for free, you can celebrate #NPLD
in a few ways:
1) Firstly, remember that our gorgeous #publiclands
did not simply fall into Americans’ laps. The forced removal of Native and Indigenous populations was the high price we paid for those lands. Many locations within national parks were - and still are - sacred sites that must be respected. The generational trauma of those forced removals from homelands will stay as open wounds unless we work together to heal and find a way forwards. Check https://native-land.ca to see whose land you’re hiking/biking/kayaking/etc. through.
. One of the best ways to protect and maintain our public lands is to vote in representatives who will fight for environmental issues. Read up on your reps, find out who your #outdoorindustry
champions are, and #votetheoutdoors
3) Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to your public lands. Whether there’s a beach cleanup, a trail restoration, or a crag care opportunity nearby, take advantage of that. @rei
has some great stewardship events on the calendar - go check them out!
4) Lastly, it goes without saying but - another way to show support is to actually go to national parks, and not just on National Public Lands Day! Enjoy your time outside. Be respectful while you’re there and #leaveitbetterthanyoufoundit
. Pick up any trash you see. Be a genuine steward of the land. [Photo taken on ancestral land]
#findyourpark #loveyournationalparks #optoutside #capitalclimbers #whoselandareyouon #nps #loveyourpubliclands