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Five Ways you can Actually Make a Difference for Public Lands

— By: The Team at Nau

As a lover of nature, we’re sure you’ve noticed that public lands are becoming more vulnerable by the moment. They’re literally being Trumped by climate change, political instability, extinction, corruption and/or underfunding.

If you’re interested in helping to find a way to make a difference for your public lands, here are five ways you can join the charge: 

1. Start Your Own Fundraiser

Due to wildfires and invasive species, over 1 million acres of land need reforestation. The National Forest Foundation is adopting a “Go Big or Go Home” approach to this issue. Their aim is to plant 50 million trees in five years, and you can be part of the solution.

They’ve made it easy to start your own fundraiser to help. For just $1, you, your friends and family can pay to have a tree planted… and that’s one hell of a sustainable way to make it rain with your tax dollars.

The Organ Mountains shot by Mike Groves, courtesy of New Mexico Wilderness Alliance 

2. Or, Just Plant a Tree Yourself

Name it Bert, give it a backstory, tell your family about your new-found love of talking directly to living, breathing bark–however you don’t slice it, planting your own tree is pretty awesome. Here’s how to become friends with a tree.

3. Make a Tax-Deductible Donation

Speaking of tax dollars, you can invest in the future by making a one-time or monthly tax-deductible donation to the Conservation Alliance. The Conservation Alliance was founded by friends of ours including REI, Patagonia, The North Face, and Kelty to help increase outdoor industry support for conservation of precious national land. Since their inception in 1989, they’ve helped save 51 million acres of wildlands, protected 3,102 miles of river and have designated five marine reserves.

Full disclosure: they’re also one of our Partners for Change–so we might be playing favorites.

Oregon’s Crater Lake captured by Ben Canales

4. Be a Force to be Reckoned with

Apart from sounding undeniably cool, the word “activist” literally stands for the opportunity to speak up for what you believe in. By joining land activists in your area rather than sharing Facebook posts from your living room, you become part of an ever-growing force of like-minded people that won’t let a few corrupt officials get in their way.

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The Nau team marched with the Outdoor Industry to protect Bears Ears in July 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah

5. Visit a National Park

2017 saw an increase of 19 million recreation hours spent at our national parks in comparison to 2016–that’s the equivalent 2,169 years. Whether you witness the true power of nature via the Grand Canyon or confide in Old Faithful about an existential crisis you’ve been meaning to address, you’re turning attention towards the fact our national parks stand as a monument to our unalienable rights and that they need funding to stay alive.

Photo of Bears Ears for Conservation Alliance by Marc Toso

Header photo courtesy of Canadian Park and Wilderness Society by Peter Mather.
Featured blog image photo by Showalter courtesy of Wyoming Outdoor Council.