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Examiner.com, Outdoor Recreation / 02.10.2009

Let it never be said there’s no surfing in Wisconsin. A thousand miles from the nearest ocean, few if any breaking waves and vast bodies of water that freeze solid belie the logic of hanging ten on a long board. But the advent of Stand Up Paddling has changed that paradigm forever. Read the full story at Examiner.com>>http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-15739-Madison-Outdoor-Recreation-Examiner~y2009m10d2-Stand-Up-Paddling-Prairie-Style...

Commentary / 28.09.2009

[caption id="attachment_1341" align="alignleft" width="330" caption="Audrey Peterman"]JTP090928_001[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1342" align="alignleft" width="284" caption="Frank Peterman"]Frank Peterman[/caption] The journey home passed in a blur of black asphalt highway and fast food eaten slowly. It’s 850 miles from Atlanta to Madison and at the conclusion of the Breaking the Color Barrier in the Great Outdoors conference I found myself racing back to begin the work that lies ahead.  The 14-hour drive was fueled as much by eager anticipation and heady adrenaline as diesel, tacos, hamburgers and coffee. It seemed the Joy Jetta sped north across four state lines not merely to carry me home but into the future. “At this conference we hope to begin seeding a new conversation,” said co-organizer Audrey Peterman. This small but incredibly dynamic woman with her charismatic husband Frank led a series of discussions and presentations that have set in motion a dialog to change the course of human history. “I don’t want to hear about saving the planet,” Audrey said. “The earth was around long before we came along and it will shrug us off long before it’s through. Right now it’s about changing how we live.”
Diversity, Environmental Justice, National Parks, Outdoor Recreation, Podcast, Yosemite / 26.09.2009

Back in January of 2009 I had the pleasure of speaking to Ken Burns. He sat with me for an interview about his documentary film "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." A program that first aired last year on PBS television stations nation wide this five-part series reveals in stunning detail some amazing historical facts. But what came out of that conversation was an awareness for the role people of color played in the creation of my favorite wild and scenic places.

Commentary, Diversity / 26.09.2009

Pity all National Park Service, Nature Conservancy or US Fish & Wildlife conferences don't conclude with a massive bar tab and a soul train line at one in morning. The new generation of environmental activists is dynamic, diverse and determined to breath fresh energy into the preservation of our wild and scenic places. Who says they can't have a good time while they're at it? Photo by James Edward Mills See the unfolding photostream at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nwsr8th/sets/72157622325056863/...