As you prepare to venture out this year, take a moment to get familiar with the seven principles of Leave No Trace (LNT). This set of guidelines helps clarify how we can each participate in outdoor recreation responsibly and leave minimal impact on the lands we are visiting.
While I often preach about how vital our environment and culture are to our long-term wellness practices, there is no denying that our mental state plays a massive role as well.
The intensified loss of glaciers is directly related to climate change and the warming of our planet. The area around Glacier National Park has experienced a rise in temperature almost twice the normal average.
Conservation is an effort that has many layers. It is really about commitment — the commitment to protect something.
Even if something does end up “failing,” making the effort is a fantastic choice, and failure isn’t something that negates the initial intentions at all.
This planet is going to be a home to us much longer if we keep making changes to better care for it. Even though the U.S. has pulled back on climate change initiatives, we can still do things in our individual lives until we do, eventually, join the rest of the world.
While I love discussing my personal choices for footwear we must first consider how we’re supporting or hindering the natural strength of our feet.
I urge you to find hope in small, daily ways. Put something on your calendar this week that exists just for you. Get out the map and plan a national park hike or visit one of the hundreds of national park historic sites in the next month if possible. Hope weaves into our stress resiliency by lifting our spirits in hectic times. Do not wait for it to show up. Build it up in meaningful ways and support others’ hopes whenever possible.
Our NPS sites hold, clarify, and remind us of our American legacy—the good, bad and ugly. They hopefully remind us to nurture our better angels, to learn from history, and protect what little we have left.
Things change. That’s always going to be the case, and as our interests in our national parks grows, so will our needs to maintain and care for them.