Attend a Town Hall Meeting

March 9th, Senator Ron Wyden held a town hall meeting for Deschutes County. We want to share why you should get involved in local politics and attend a town hall meeting in your community. We strive to teach our readers how to become more actively involved in outdoor advocacy, as the outdoors is a way of life. 

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Celebrating Outdoor Womxn

To celebrate Internation Women's Day, The Hiking Initiative shares three pioneers of women in the outdoors, and we celebrate you. These women were humble in getting outdoors because they wanted to, not to prove that they were the first. As we progress from International Womxn's Day, we band together and shake the movement as we demand justice and equality. 

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Calling All Millennials- How do you Protect Public Lands

Outside of social media, where are the voices of millenninals fighting on the ground to defend policies that protect public lands? As a collective, are enough of us aware of how to take action, and are we willing to band together for on the ground fighting to get loud, chatty and creative about protecting public lands? We need to get off our phones as it is our civic duty to preserve our public lands. 

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Five Ways to be a Better Outdoorist

In 2017, we opened our eyes to the fears and realizations that our public lands are under threat. However, in 2018, we show that a new age of activism is here. It’s time to level up, speak up, and use our resources to story tell the instrumental value public lands have on our lives. Read five ways you can become a better outdoorist in 2018. 

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Top 5 Reasons We Need Public Lands Right Now, and Always

Public lands are at the base of who we are as an Americans. It’s simply both a right and a privilege to have access to outdoor spaces. These five attributes of Public Lands are deeply integrated within each other, and contribute to the importance of Public Lands are a necessity. 

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Slashing Bears Ears and Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument and How it Effects the Future of our Public Lands

If you aren't term savvy with Public Lands, it is important to learn the difference between the different types of public land such as  National Parks, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, National Monuments, etc. The more informed you are about what defines public land, the easier it is for you to make an educated opinion on how the reduction of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase- Escalante has an impact on the future of ALL National Monuments.

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Take Action for Public Lands

Public Lands are a sacred common ground for all of us to connect. It’s totally non-biased and serves as a friend in need. It is our duty, as Americans, to help protect and ensure the thriving of our land for future generations. Isn’t that what you do for family?

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The Fears of Speaking Out: Stepping into Outdoor Advocacy

To diminish this fear, I am taking a step towards Outdoor Advocacy by working towards becoming a Public Lands Leader. It’s about so much more than simply being social, but about sharing a love of the outdoors with others within your community, and empowering them to speak up for OUR land as well. Getting others just amped up as you are, and seeking true inclusion in the outdoor community. 

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Smith Rock State Park

As one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon, this is no shortage of spirals, colors, rock spires, and endless views. Located in Central Oregon, you feel like you might actually be in the southwest. There is over 650 acres of compressed, volcanic ash to enjoy as Smith Rock State Park has become a mecca for rock climbers across the country. 

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