What a great time of year to celebrate the many good things in life! Take our love for the outdoors. If you are reading this blog it is because you love to get outside. It is a part of our physical, spiritual, social and even professional lives. It is this integration into so many aspects of our lives that also lends to the often frictional, divisive nature of nature. We all depend on it, love it and have our own ideas on how it should be managed, designated, preserved, conserved, etc.
There has been a lot of talk about the forces moving against an outdoors that is accessible by all, and yet we know that getting outdoors is critical to creating good stewards of the land and even for better physical health.
That is why I personally love working for Tread Lightly!. In this a-political organization and the programs developed over the last 20 years, I have found a balanced approach to enjoying the outdoors while doing my part to protect it for future generations. The mission: “to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs” provides common ground when so often we feel divided. Education is a time tested, proven tool that is key to connecting people to the land and to an understanding of the positive and negative consequences our behavior has on the environment.
Our newest program, Respected Access is Open Access, really hit’s it on the head. As we all go outdoors, let us respect the opportunity, the beautiful places, the unique and inspiring vistas, the challenge of the terrain, the diverse habitats of countless types of wildlife, and the connection between us and the land. As we all respect the variety of benefits we experience from riding, hiking, camping, sitting, hunting, working, and playing outdoors we can find that common ground that will lend to access to these spots now and in the future.
May this season of thanks inspire us all to be better stewards of the land and waters.
Happy Thanksgiving –
The Tread Lightly! Team