National forests are some of the most cherished public lands in the country. The National Forest Foundation has a new campaign dubbed “It’s All Yours”, speaking to the fact that each and every one of us owns national forests – that is the definition of public land.
So they enlisted the likes of some prominent outdoor athletes to speak about the importance of national forests and what it means to them.
The group includes people like legendary snowboarders Travis Rice and Bryan Iguchi, as well as climber and photographer Jimmy Chin and climber Conrad Anker. It is an inspiring campaign that gives insight into how these magnificent people see the public lands as something we all own together.
“I see it as our most valuable resource in this country, and as a citizen I think it's our greatest right to wander and roam and be connected to this Earth,” Bryan Iguchi says.
Jimmy Chin speaks to feeling the magnitude of the lands when he is in them: “In national forests I am completely present.”
And Travis Rice points out what may be the thing we need to keep in mind the most when it comes to our public lands: “The responsibility that comes with being a stewards of these lands shouldn't be intimidating. I think this is probably one of the greatest things that exists under the banner of what it means to be an American.”
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