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April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

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.

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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.

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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

April 27, 2010

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April 27, 2010

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

April 27, 2010

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April 27, 2010

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

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

provide more staff development opportunites.

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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

April 20, 2010

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April 20, 2010

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.

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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

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