Designated wilderness areas are delightful places to experience the magical unfolding of spring. Wild lands offer magnificent destinations for outdoor recreation - whether it's hiking, wildlife-watching, climbing, canoeing or snowshoeing.
This coming year, wilderness needs your voice more than ever. Our nation's wild places continue to disappear at alarming rates, while climate change and other human made pressures are stressing wild lands to the point of no return.
That part of us that seeks the beauty and wonder that wilderness offers often also wants to take a piece of wilderness home with us. But if we vow to leave no trace, then we know we can only take photographs.
Last week, Americans who care about protecting the great outdoors joined The Wilderness Society and other conservation groups in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the great outdoors, advocate for wildlands conservation and address the growing need for Americans to reconnect with nature.
An after-school instructor for Washington, D.C.'s Mundo Verde school recently read Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree with her group of pre-kindergarten students, and encouraged them to talk about the different types of services that trees provide for all of us.