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GREAT OLD BROADS FOR WILDERNESS
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.

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

MY ROLE:
Board Member & After I retired, I was free to join a Broadwalk near the Border in Arizona.