GREAT OLD BROADS FOR WILDERNESS

Rating: 4.91 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Environment, Human Services

Location: 605 E 7TH Ave Durango CO 81301 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have been a member of Great Old Broads for Wilderness for more than 10 years. Not only do they embody many of my core values, including wild place protection, humor, hiking, and helping, but people who are attracted to the Great Old Broads are some of the most fascinating and productive wilderness advocates I have ever met. Their organization is very well run and the staff is knowledgeable and helpful. I look forward to many more years as a Great Old Broad for Wilderness. The organization is currently expanding its range and training leaders for new chapters throughout the nation.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

training members to be effective wilderness advocates for places that need protection (Spring Basin, OR and Tumacocori Highlands, AZ)

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feeling of being surrounded by like minded wilderness-lovers and being proactive in seeking protections for special places.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I've been an active, participating Great Old Broad twenty years since the beginning (1990). My favorite Broad's experience was in 1995 when Orin Hatch announced to America that for no other reason, we need roads in the wilderness for the aged and infirm. In response, the Broads organized a month walk across Utah, from Moab to St George, to let the world know otherwise. Each day we walked in precious wilderness without roads. Much of this land was wild public BLM land, magnificent but without permanent protection. Experiencing this cause and rare beauty changed my life forever. We changed other lives forever by bringing attention to these wild places. Local media responded and we attracted PBS crews, both radio and TV, at several locations. Most years I participate with the Broads at a carefully chosen sensitive wild site -- our purpose is to educate ourselves, perform service projects in wild places, take the word to the world that these lands need permanent protection, from the grass-roots up AND TO HAVE FUN WHILE WE'RE DOING IT. Following the WALK ACROSS UTAH, I worked for five years with the Escalante,Utah BLM and cattle ranchers monitorina long-term grazing issues on wild lands that cry for protection. Each year I participate in our Broad's on-line auction, our major fundraiser -- last weekend I hosted a trailhead breakfast at my mountain home in Sonoma Valley and led an all day hike in now-protected wilderness. Linda Liscom

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers I've met live to create permanent protection for wild places. They have fun and work exclusively with positive motivation. There's a work-place, fun-place for everyone who'd like to be a Great Old Broad.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

The presentations included historians from the nearby national park presenting costumed cameos of various Spanish settlers and native Americans. The speakers included Forest Service representatives and members of environmental organizations who had differing views on making the lands we hiked Wilderness. Our service project for the Forest Service included picking up trash and mending barbed wire fences, and while we were working in the hot noon-day sun seeing groups of undocumented workers carrying their gallon jugs of water moving from their space under a tree where they were waiting for transport and running across the road to a canyon trying to escape. Our hikes included those to the top of a ridge staked out by environmental heroes and near the motion-activated camera which had recently captured photos of two different highly endangered jaguars extant on the US side of the border. The variety of experiences and meaningful interchange among the Broads and Bros there were both informative and life-enriching.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

several Broadwalks from Arizona to Idaho and Montana and from training in Digital Healthy Lands Project recording in Utah. I became involved through the Congressional lobbying efforts of staff to limit over-grazing practices in federal land.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the areas around the country where staff could support local environmental groups to coordinate actions on local wilderness issues.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the knowledge that we make a difference with local federal agencies by providing a massive data base with geographically located photos to validate illegal intrusions of wilderness lands.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extraordinarily interesting people, full of commitment, and genuinely ready to express joy in nature and in the effort to preserve wilderness for our grandchildren and eras beyond.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

invest in CDs and spend the income to radically expand staff operations to support local organizations with their desires to protect wilderness lands thoughout the country.

Ways to make it better...

we could expand our operations beyond the locations primarily in Utah where staff can personally monitor wilderness areas. We need more staff support for expansion of local Broadband chapters throughout the country.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

developing an endowment base whose income could provide ongoing funding for the Healthy Lands Project data base and for expanding staff support to increase numbers of Broadbands throughout the country.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it's just a great group of people, with whom sharing a cause around the campfire is personally rewarding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My experiences with the Broadwalks where we go to an area, learn about the environmental issues from the locals, and participate in a service project have been wonderful.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting other people with a passion for wilderness

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

educate off-road vehicle riders to protect the wildlands and wilderness from destruction

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

As a senior woman I have canoed rivers such as the Green and Colorado and explored remote canyons that I would never have seen without Broads. I have learned how to assess the health of riparian areas so vital to western ecology. Best of all I have been able to help keep wild public lands wild and have fun doing it.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The women (and, yes, bros too) of Great Old Broads for Wilderness specialize in boots-on-the-ground activism. Not all can go there any more, but those who can, do, while those who can't still support and encourage our efforts to keep it pristine.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I first learned about the Great Old Broads through one of our founders, Dottie Fox. Off we would go on a hike. Dottie knew all the wildflowers. She knew cheat grass and why it appears when there has been cattle overgraxing the area. I envied that knowledge and wanted to learn more. As soon as work allowed, I followed her off to Broadwalks around the west and met a group of independent, thoughtful women who wanted more than just hiking beautiful lands. They wanted these lands to have protection and be there for the future generation. As my daughter has told me,

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My first monitoring experience was in the Nightingale Mountains near Reno, NV. They are now wilderness, I hope through some of the work we did there 10 years ago.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd give the staff a month's paid vacation each year to be sure they have a chance enjoy the wilderness they help preserve.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning first hand from local enviromental groups the issues in their areas.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

These are courageous women who want to make a difference in their community and in the country.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

The west is developing faster than the preservation of the special places. 10 million could help keep ahead of the development and save more public land.

Ways to make it better...

I make my own experiences and I've enjoyed all of the them with the Broads.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Keeping the grass roots philosophy alive and well as the group grows over time.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This group of dedicated Great Old Broads and Great Old Bros work to protect public and wild lands for future generations, and have fun doing so! Broadwalks (campouts) provide the opportunity for camraderie, service, and exploring areas that need protection for future generations. Local Broadbands (chapters) provide opportunities to work in our communities, giving voice to elders to protect public and wild lands and to explore local or regional wilderness.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working towatd protection of wildlands.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide more staff development opportunites.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its terrific Board and staff and the Broadwalks.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate and dedicated to the protecting wildlands.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be more effective in moving the American public toward an ethic of protecting public lands for future generations.

Ways to make it better...

we had longer trips and more time to socialize.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

providing more opportuities for for member participation as we grow.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'd invite others to join us to help increase the visibility and effectiveness of Great Old Broads!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Great Old Broads is one of a kind: effective, empowering, and fun. They give a voice to the older, impassioned, experienced, wise female, and thus fill an important niche in the environmental and wilderness movement. In a time of large environmental organizations caving to corporate money (see The Nation, March 4, 2010 The Wrong Kind of Green), Great Old Broads remains staunchly independent, grassroots, and true to their mission of protecting wild places. Their campaigns to combat abuse from off-road vehicles and overgrazing on public lands have led to more responsible management plans protecting our public lands for future generations. Their many activities to engage people in both national and local issues are always imaginative, collaborative, non-confrontational, and great fun. As the name suggests, all is done with a sense of humor, and a constant eye towards protecting our pristine public lands for future generations.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our gatherings, called Broadwalks, where we spend a weekend in a wilderness area,learning the issues. Most noticeable is the personal transformation of women (and men) from nature, and from the wonderful Broads energy and camaraderie.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fun and humor, and knowledge that we are making a difference in reducing the abuse of off-road vehicles and overgrazing on our public lands, and protecting wild places for future generations.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the best! smart, engaged, dedicated, and fun-loving.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make sure future generations inherit wild, pristine lands, clean air and water, rich biodiversity, the many natural and scientific benefits of wilderness, and all the opportunities we have, and more, for quiet recreation in wilderness areas.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My husband and I attended a Healthy Land Project Training in Arizona and learned about monitoring public lands for motorized vehicle and human use effects. We learned how to document degradation of public lands and noted the resulting consequences for wildlife and fragile ecosystems. We saw beautiful country and the company of other trainees was terrific. Lots of laughter. now we can apply our training in our home state of New Mexico

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the area of conservation

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

work to increase awareness of the organization

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning about conservation of our public lands

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

better help preserve public lands and afford young people (school age) the opportunity to participate in conservation and learn about nature.

Ways to make it better...

there were more people from our area at our the training we attended.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

involving new people and spreading the word about the importance of conservation

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The Broads are the only land-protection non-profit that I know of that focus more on helping and communicating than litigating. They try to work with local public land management agencies to ensure proper practices but also do field work to find both healthy and unhealthy land management occurring on our nation's land. They protect our home turf! The agencies have so much paperwork to wade through, that to give them a head start as to where the problem areas are, and where things are working, has so far been an invaluable volunteer resource. PS. They have a sense of humor. Clearly, given the name.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their effort working with (rather than combating) the government agencies (aka making allies).

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The Diversity of members, despite 50-75% of them being older women.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing, efficient, thoughtful, open-minded, energetic, and FUN

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Fund operations forever and ever. Depend our common lands. Protect clean air and water. They would probably find a way to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, and house the homeless, too.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to invest more in their efforts and principles.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The need t serve more areas, particularly in the west, with very limited staffing and resources (ie. GPS's for the Healthy Lands Project).

One thing I'd also say is that...

they are very efficient (with 2 full time staff, including the Executive Director, and 2-3 part-time staff). The group is looking to grow, but they are very efficient with donations and making distinct efforts not to duplicate the work of other groups

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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