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GREAT OLD BROADS FOR WILDERNESS
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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I am getting trained to work with government agencies to help monitor public lands from abuse by disrespectful recreationists and leasers.