That connection can take form in many ways – from taking a drive through spectacular wildlands to backpacking for days at a time.
Here are some stories about those very connections people have made in the wildlands of the North Cascades.
Ingunn Markiewicz has been so moved by nature that she says the outdoors saved her life.
Hear artists, activists and adventurers share what the ownership and legacy of these American wildlands means to them.
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