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April 29, 2010

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April 29, 2010

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)

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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

April 29, 2010

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April 29, 2010

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

April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

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.

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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.

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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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 17, 2010

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April 17, 2010

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

Ways to make it better...

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

work to increase awareness of the organization

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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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 16, 2010

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April 16, 2010

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).

Ways to make it better...

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

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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

April 16, 2010

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April 16, 2010

I had a good experience talking with the Forest Supervisor and some of his staff and the training from Great Old Broads helped! We knew to start with positive introductions that connected us to the land. I was able to share a special perspective of Broads on wilderness and other critical forest issues. The training from Broads helped me structure comments, their brochures and handouts let me show a connections to protecting the lands the Forest Service is charged with managing. Broads gave me the courage and support I needed to step forward and let the Forest Service know there is a new kid on the block that can support them and their purpose...and also keep pressure on them to do the right thing. Broads give me courage and support to step forward and speak out for our public lands.

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

learning more about how to effective interact with agencies.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make them bigger and able to reach more people

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

the wonderful support and companionship with other Broads. Broads pulls in a wonderful group of women who common interests and goals and help us make a difference.

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

Marvelous. Supportive, interested and working to help me make a difference.

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

reach more women and save more of our public lands for our grandchildren. This is a grassroots organization that empowers people to make a difference in this world.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend with the folks. I need more of their enthusiasm to keep me charged.

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

Reaching more of the people who really care about wilderness and wild places.

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

I love Broads.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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