Over the course of more than 150 years, a once-radical idea has evolved into a cohesive United States national parks system, with a sometimes conflicting two part-mission: to make the parks accessible to all and to preserve them for future generations.
North and south, east and west, they stretch from the edges of our maps to the hearts of our cities, covering nearly one-third of the country. This June, celebrate the natural wonder and outdoor spirit of America by getting outside during Great Outdoors Month.
June is a special time to celebrate America’s great outdoors and all the benefits it brings, including annual economic impact of $650 billion nationwide. That’s why June has been named Great Outdoors Month.
Whether camping, fishing, rock climbing, or playing in a neighborhood park, nature offers each of us the opportunity to get active, explore, and strengthen our bonds with family and friends. It’s also a time great to uphold our nation’s legacy of conserving our lands for future generations.
So as you enjoy the great outdoors, think also about how you can better support it.
“An estimated 6.9 trillion gallons of rain fell on Louisiana between Aug. 8-14. In less than one week, 31.30 inches fell….[w]e must think about how we can learn to live with water, even at this scale of inundation. We can’t avoid the rain, but we can prevent the flood.”
~Susannah Burley and Andreas Merkl, The ADVOCATE, Baton Rouge, Sept. 1, 2016.
Susannah is the project director of Sustaining Our Urban Landscape (SOUL), one of our newer projects focused on driving a resilient and equitable New Orleans through strengthening local water and food systems. Andreas Merkl, is a resident of New Orleans, Chairs the SOUL Advisory Committee, and is the CEO of Ocean Conservancy.
Read the Full Article here and learn more about SOUL here and here.
Photo Credit: Prairieville, LA, Photo by J.T. Blatty/FEMA
It’s very exciting to see one of our projects, Root Solutions, featured for the cool work that they are doing, and what better place to be featured than on the Story of Stuff Project blog?
Root Solutions is dedicated to providing conservationists and policy makers with tools and resources informed by the proven methods of behavioral science, allowing them to create more effective campaigns, polices and strategies that reflect how people process information and make decisions. With techniques like, “green nudges,” people can be motivated to use behavior that is both good for them and good for the environment.
The project is the brainchild of Nya Van Leuvan and Rod Fujita, who met at the Environmental Defense Fund where they led the introduction of decision science to their colleagues. The project is also producing a book called “Choices for Change: Using Behavioral Insights to Save the Planet,” which they hope will help policy-makers, advocates, and the general public understand how to frame and encourage behavior that makes conservation a part of our daily lives.
Read more about how behavioral science can improve conservation outcomes at the Root Solutions website and on the Story of Stuff blog!
TCI is pleased to welcome the Grumeti Community and Wildlife Conservation Fund to our growing portfolio of Habitat and Species Conservation programs! Based in Tanzania, the Grumeti Fund works to safeguard and enhance Africa’s Serengeti ecosystem in the Singita Grumeti reserve. Grumeti Fund’s programs are diverse and include habitat protection, anti-poaching activities, fire management, the prevention of invasive species that threaten the native ecosystem, environmental education, and natural resource conservation. Grumeti Fund also supports surrounding communities by helping them meet basic needs through the development of clean water systems and by fueling sustainable jobs and resource-based enterprises.
Founded by seasoned international conservationists, the Grumeti Fund is a Tanzanian non-governmental organization. In the United States, the Grumeti Fund is sponsored by TCI and tax-deductible contributions received by TCI are regranted to the Grumeti Fund to support their charitable work.
Learn more about the Grumeti Fund.
It’s our pleasure to welcome the Blue Ridge-Berryessa Partnership (BRBP) to our project portfolio. BRBP is a collaborative network of private landowners, public agencies, nonprofit organization, and businesses focused on conserving and stewarding California’s upper Putah and Cache Creek watersheds, which together encompass over 785,000 acres. BRBP was founded in 1997 by the Homestead Mining Company, which was in the process of closing the McLaughlin Mine and sought to create a forum for land managers in the area to meet and discuss the disposition of the related land to the University of California Natural Reserve System. Today, the partnership includes over 100 partners dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of the region’s natural, agricultural, recreational, archeological and historical resources. BRBP’s activities are focused educating members on important regional issues and creating a network and forum for sharing concerns and resolving differences when they arise.
Learn more about the Blue Ridge-Berryessa Partnership.
It’s our pleasure to welcome East Bali Watershed Initiative to our growing portfolio of projects. Indonesia’s 17,000 islands face tough decisions on how to provide basic services to inhabitants without irreparably damaging its rich natural resources and biological diversity. East Bali Watershed Initiative is working to protect, restore and support environmentally sustainable economic development in East Bali.
Learn more about the East Bali Watershed Initiative.
An Interview with Chris Fagan, Founder and Director, Upper Amazon Conservancy (UAC)
What is The Upper Amazon Conservancy’s mission?
The UAC is dedicated to protecting the biological and cultural diversity of the upper Amazon River in southeastern Peru. We work in partnership with Peru’s park service, indigenous federations and communities, and other conservation organizations to strengthen protected areas and build the conservation capacity of local inhabitants.
Why the Upper Amazon? What attracted you to this region?
I was working for a professor at Duke developing a watchdog organization for protected areas in Central and South America. In 2002, I had the opportunity to take part in an expedition to a very remote part of the Amazon headwaters in southeastern Peru called the Alto Purus. Our objective was to provide the Peruvian government with the scientific justification make the area a national park. We looked at everything from tree and mammal diversity to gathering socio-economic data on local indigenous communities. In 2004, the area became the Alto Purus National Park, which is Peru’s largest national park (over three times the size of Yellowstone). That’s around the same time that I decided I wanted to create an organization to focus on protecting this remarkable region, arguably one of the wildest places on earth. Continue reading