Posts

How can athletes support local and national advocacy efforts? Athletes Caroline Gleich and Connor Ryan demystify the advocacy process with Nicole Brown.

We all experience moments of uncertainty. But the mountains teach us to lean into our challenges with curiosity, openness, care, and compassion. Now, as COVID-19 washes through our communities, our homes, our thoughts, and our bodies, this is a skill that we need more than ever. This is one we need to lean into.

I climbed a number of hills this month: after Capitol Hill, I went to the Wind River range for some backcountry climbing. And throughout it all, we have been planning the 8th Biennial Grassroots Advocacy Conference.

Events

Winter Wildlands Grassroots Advocacy [Virtual] Conference

“Can we save the backcountry from ourselves?”

Tuesday, Aug 24 – Wednesday, Aug 25

This past year has seen record-breaking visitation numbers and increased user impacts on public lands across the country. What does this mean for our beloved backcountry and the work we do to protect it from ourselves? Join policy makers, athletes, grassroots activists, scientists, educators, mountain guides, local elected officials and other recreation and conservation stakeholders and activists from across the country for a virtual program focusing on issues important to public lands, winter and sustainable recreation. Get the latest developments in policy and planning issues, share grassroots successes and strategies, meet with public land managers, gain new advocacy tools and spend quality time with colleagues, partners, new friends and allies. Help us find a way forward together.

WWA grassroots groups, backcountry partners, Alliance members, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds are welcome to join.

RSVP by Monday, Aug 23 and consider donating to help us cover costs.

Schedule:

  • “Curbing Our Enthusiasm: Managing Increased Recreation Use on Public Lands” on Tuesday, Aug 24 at 10:00am MT
  • “The New Era of Winter Travel Management: Implementing the Over-Snow Vehicle Rule to Bring Balance to the Backcountry” on Tuesday, Aug 24 at 12:00pm MT
  • “Boots on the Ground: Improving Capacity to Meet Visitors Where They Are” on Tuesday, Aug 24 at 2:00pm MT
  • “Investing in Our Greatest Asset: Why Funding the Forest Service is More Important Than Ever” on Wednesday, Aug 25 at 10:00am MT
  • “Grow or Die? Ski Area Expansions on National Forest Lands” on Wednesday, Aug 25 at 12:00pm MT
  • “Responsible Influence: Creating an Ethic of Inclusion and Conservation through Social Media” on Wednesday, Aug 25 at 2:00pm MT

Read more about the program, speakers, and other details here!