Here's just a small sampling of the natural treasures we think are worth protecting.
Bears ears national monument, UT
Our newest national monument is also our most threatened. Designated by President Obama with the support of local and regional tribes, Bears Ears protects sacred lands and cultural heritage in Utah. Yet President Trump has said it will be reduced by 85% which will open up native lands to oil and gas development. Join us as we work to make sure this special place is protected for generations to come.
Olympic National Park, WA
With 70 miles of wild coastline and lush forests for backpacking, Olympic National Park is a respite for many on the West coast. In fact, 3 time Olympian Kara Winger was proposed to here in 2013! It serves as a place she and her husband (also a professional athlete) go to unwind, relax and exercise. Read Kara's commemoration to this unique place and the National Park Service's 100 year anniversaryhere.
wilder ranch state park, ca
While many of the public lands we work to protect are national parks and monuments, state parks and trails are also critical for Olympic athletes to access for training. Olympic triathlete Katie Zaferes lives and trains in Santa Cruz, CA partly due to the easy access there to challenging and gorgeous trails like at Wilder Ranch. You can read more about Katie's passion for protecting public lands in her Santa Cruz Sentinel piece here.
San Juan National Forest, CO
Olympic mountain biker Howard Grotts lives and trains in Durango, CO. He uses the public spaces and trails for his training, as seen here on the Rim Trail. He says, "Nearly all my training relies on public land in some form, whether it’s doing intervals through the San Juan National Forest or riding one of the superb stretches of singletrack on the Colorado Trail. Most recently, I did a two-week bike-packing trip through our state, linking together gravel roads and trails through the Rio Grande, Gunnison, White River and Pike National Forests." Read more from Howard in the Durango Herald here.
nine mile canyon and eastern Utah
Across the state of Utah there is a battle raging over public lands. "The efforts to discard our lands, including those taking place here in Utah, would result in a catastrophic loss for public access and our shared American heritage," says Olympic runner Shannon Rowbury who trains in UT, CA and CO. "These places are sacred and should not be jeopardized for short-term profit." Read more from Shannon in the Deseret News here.