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Closing The Adventure Gap

As summer draws to a close across North America I have noticed something most profound. After more than 20 years as a professional in the outdoor recreation industry I’ve begun to see more people of color than ever before venturing out into the natural world. This is of course an anecdotal observation base not in […]

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A Deeper Shade of Green ~ an interview with Sierra Club President Aaron Mair

Raised during the height of the civil rights and environmental justice movements, Aaron Mair, the recently-elected president of the Sierra Club, is a force of social change to be reckoned with. His pedigree as an advocate for the preservation of natural spaces and for equal access to public land spans decades. And as the first […]

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The Fall Reading List

Somehow after almost a week of typically hot and humid Wisconsin weather the temperatures plummeted to mid-60’s. Over night we seemed to go from summer right into fall. Even though we hardy midwestern souls are used to much, much lower digits a sudden shift of 30º was a bit of a shock. And as the […]

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Outdoor Retailer Diversity & Inclusion

On the last day of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market I received a message on Facebook. Walking briskly down one of bustling aisles of the Salt Palace I paused for a moment to read this text. “Anything interesting come out of the diversity conversation?” The question came from my friend and colleague Teresa Baker, founder […]

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Starting Over

Today is the launch of my first television commercial. I say first as if this will be the beginning in a procession of broadcast appearances, but as I indeed have a face for radio this could possibly be my last. So it goes. As it happens this week could actually mark instead the next phase […]

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Diversity In Our Wild Spaces

The National Parks are for everyone. A new short film illustrates the efforts underway to invite and welcome more people to enjoy their parks than ever before. Our outdoor public spaces, which include historic sites, memorials and monuments, are indeed open and accessible to anyone willing and able to venture out into the wide world, […]

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Lessons In Photography

With my laptop plugged into a borrowed digital projector I quickly scrolled through a series of photographs taken over the last 36 months of my career. Preparing a workshop for the Lussier Community Education Center in Madison, Wisconsin I made sure to pick out images that were both engaging and inspiring to meet the interests […]

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Lost Mountain Next Generation Symposium

Adventurer and social entrepreneur Majka Burhardt wants to change the way we think about environmental conservation. In the interests of protecting endangered ecosystems she’s bringing together a broad collation of stakeholders in an effort to create a sustainable model of mutual cooperation and understanding. The idea is to not only look out for the best […]

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