At Winter Wildlands Alliance, we are grateful to members like you who help us protect and preserve raw, vast, and quiet winter landscapes for the sake of conservation and human-powered recreation. We hope that a membership to our organization is a way to fuel your passion about snow and winter, and also public lands, conservation, and equitable recreation.
Recently, we heard from a few of our members about the reasons they seek experiences in snow-covered landscapes and why they care about conservation. Here’s what they have to say.
A membership to Winter Wildlands Alliance directly supports environmental conservation and advocacy for human-powered winter recreation. Join now.
“The backcountry is an amazing mental, physical and emotional escape for me and I want to do everything I can to protect it and get others on board.”
—Eric Merideth, Washington, DC
“The natural world is a place that I, fortunately, find myself in nearly every day. This is where my two worlds collide. One as an up-and-coming conservation scientist and the other as a person who enjoys biking, skiing, running, climbing, and exploring the woods. Between these two, I am heavily invested in the protection of these open spaces. I see them for both their provision of habitat, cultural significance, and their recreational value.
“Often some of the greatest appreciation of the ecosystems I work to protect comes through adventure. This is why the Winter Wildlands Alliance values are something I support. The natural world isn’t just a big playground, but a vital part of our existence and essential to the life of millions of forms of life. By encouraging the use of open spaces for human-powered recreational backcountry skiing, these areas stay wild for my personal enjoyment and the livelihood of the ecosystems being protected.”
“Because we love wild spaces and feel like the best versions of ourselves when we get to spend time in the backcountry. Winter offers us this outlet and a way to explore terrain that connects us to the earth, ourselves, our friends, and our relationship! We are so grateful for your work to protect these spaces for us and for generations to come. Your work to connect kids to these spaces is inspiring and hits home for us- both educators and expedition leaders that do the work because we love connecting youth to beautiful places.”
—Emily Mulnick, Boise, ID