Public Lands: The National Park Service

What is the purpose of the National Park Service?

To “promote and regulate the use of Federal areas known as national parks, monuments and reservations . . . to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

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Public Lands: Who Manages Them?

Federal public lands are an amazing resource that allow Americans to access millions of acres to use for recreation. These lands, owned by all Americans, and are the backbone of a multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation economy, millions of jobs and thriving economies. Management surrounding public lands is complicated, and overlaps with many other topics, including sustainability, inclusivity, and access to the outdoors.

Grand Canyon September 2017
Grand Canyon National Park

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“Food Evolution” a look at food misinformation

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In the midst of a polarized and passionate debate, Food Evolution directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy examines the controversies surrounding genetically modified foods. This documentary conveys a scientific story of food by taking a personal look at the successes, and the damaging consequences of the failure to establish useful food technology. From Hawaiian papaya, Ugandan banana, Iowan corn and the people that need them, this film uses powerful imagery that captures the frustrations of scientific solutions stalled by activist fear mongering. Continue reading ““Food Evolution” a look at food misinformation”

CSAs: Supporting Local Farmers

What is a CSA?
CSA VegetablesCSA Stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSAs allow people to have access to fresh produce grown by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you are purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a local farmer. From June until November (timing varies by region), your farmer will deliver that share of produce to a convenient drop-off location in your neighborhood weekly or bi-weekly.

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15 Easy Ways to Live a Less Wasteful Life

The average american produces 4 pounds of trash a day! The trash we create produces tons of greenhouse gasses, releases chemicals into the soil, and many items we toss out take hundreds of year to decompose. By following some simple tips for reducing what we need, reusing as much as we can, and sending as little as possible to be recycled, we can significantly reduce the amount of waste going into landfills. Continue reading “15 Easy Ways to Live a Less Wasteful Life”