Kayaking the Buffalo National River in Arkansas

Dear Buffalo River,

Remember when I was a child? My big brother and I loved to paddle your muddy spring rapids. I would navigate the river while he fished the rapids, which often ended up with the boat in the bushes and no fish on the hook. …

Love Letter, 30" x 40", oil on canvas

This painting, titled “Love Letter,” was influenced by the land that surrounds my home in the San Juan National Forest in southern Colorado. It is part of a series called “WESTISH: Observations and Reflections on the Western Landscape,” in which many of the paintings have the suggestion of a story…

The Caja del Rio in northern New Mexico.

In the words of Pope Francis, “we have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth; our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.” …

The author backpacking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana.

I am grateful for public lands because they allow the average person to go outside and enjoy the outdoors. Public lands allow me and my family to get out of the house and be active. We love backpacking in the summer and hunting in the fall. …

To channel Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”

I love the way your landscape changes, beaten by the wind and water. You do not cease to exist, you only change and flourish. This is a lesson we all must learn, eventually.

I love…

The author (in yellow) with her fellow adventurers at Crater Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

I’m an avid hiker of the beautiful trails on public lands that are just a short drive from my home in Denver. But recently, I was feeling the urge to do something bigger: to go on a multi-day backpacking adventure. It’s something that I hadn’t done in 30 years and…

National Wildlife Federation — Our Public Lands

The National Wildlife Federation public lands program advocates for our public lands and waters, wildlife and the right of every American to enjoy them.

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