“Wild landscapes remind us . . .

Jul 15, 2013 by steve

of the unsearched territories of our mind.”

- John O’Donohue

 

Our embrace of and by wild landscapes frees us to ponder possibility and our own potential for creativity.

 

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A unique story – yours!

Sep 6, 2010 by steve

Everybody has a story; there is a unique narrative around every corner, in every neighborhood.

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Every neighborhood, every unique story is valuable to teach us something about ourselves; ourselves as individuals, as communities, as parts of our ecosystem.

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Do you have a story to share?  Is there something of significance going on next door to you, on your street, in your neighborhood, town or region?

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We’d love to hear your story.  We’d love to spread your story and the lessons it teaches us.  We’d love to hear about and spread the word about great conservation and preservation activity, or about land at risk near you.  Maybe the more we hear about, the more we can inspire action.

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What’s your unique story?

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Ground Force Spotlight – Sophie

Dec 17, 2009 by steve

Sophie, a nine year old from New England writes:

“I noticed a tree that had fallen down in a storm.  This makes me think how so many trees get cut down for things like paper and if people simply took a minute to walk to their recycle bin not as many trees would be cut down.  Another reason people shouldn’t cut down trees is because if trees all get cut down, nobody will have oxygen to breathe.  This makes me realize how extremely important trees are to our environment.”

Sophie, my dear, I could not have said it better.  Thanks for inspiring that extra trip to the recycle bin.

Sophie

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Green Reasons to Celebrate this Summer

May 26, 2009 by steve

By Jill O’Connor, Marketing Intern

Now that the weather is finally warming up and it is beginning to feel like summer, what better reason to go outside and help preserve the environment. Listed below are some environmental events and national holidays that you can participate in during these warm weather months. Click on the links to learn more about each event and what you can do to volunteer and help out your local communities for each of these celebrated green holidays.

June 3: National Trails Day http://www.americanhiking.org/NTD.aspx

June 5: World Environment Day http://www.unep.org/wed/2009/english/

June 8: World Ocean Day http://www.theoceanproject.org/wod/

July 11: World Population Day http://www.unfpa.org/wpd/

Sept. 4: National Wildlife Day http://www.nationalwildlifeday.com/

Sept. 16: World Ozone Day http://ozone.unep.org/Events/7C_ozone_day_home.shtml

Sept. 26: National Public Lands Day http://www.publiclandsday.org/

Oct. 5: World Habitat Day http://www.unhabitat.org/categories.asp?catid=564

Photo from http://www.nationalwildlifeday.com/
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A walk in the woods is better than a shower

Mar 3, 2009 by steve

by Stephen Meltzer

It is fairly common knowledge that one’s best ideas come when in the shower.  In fact, when I Googled the idea, I hit on a number of posts discussing the phenomenon (see here, here, here and here) and even an Inc. Magazine article.   The theory, in short, is that you get your best ideas while relaxed and while not bombarded by other external stimuli.

The shower is just fine, I’ve had my share of good ideas in the shower.  I find, however, that because the shower is a part of a whole line-up in a daily routine, the ideas from the shower are more pedestrian in nature.  That is, they are organizational and help me fit the day’s pieces together so that I can make sense out of what I’ve been through, or what I will be facing.

On the other hand, while walking through the woods the other day, I was experiencing some idea whoppers.  Big ideas, big impact items.  These kinds of ideas can only come from a walk in nature.  My theory is that, when in natural surroundings (that is, relatively unspoiled by the human touch), we are at once relaxed, our thought processes are trending away from the complex and toward basic instinct, and we are forced to be humbled by the vastness and wonder around us and our place in it.

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If you want to order your everyday life and make sense of your tasks, take a shower, the longer and hotter the better.  If you want to take it to the next level, take it to the woods.

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First Giveaway: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

Feb 25, 2009 by steve

From http://www.richardlouv.com:

The recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal, Richard Louv identified a phenomenon we all knew existed but couldn’t quite articulate: nature-deficit disorder. Since its initial publication, his book Last Child in the Woods has created a national conversation about the disconnection between children and nature, and his message has galvanized an international movement. Now, three years later, we have reached a tipping point, with the book inspiring Leave No Child Inside initiatives throughout the country.

Hailed as "an absolute must-read" by the Boston Globe and "too tantalizing to ignore" by Audubon magazine, Last Child in the Woods is the inspiring work that proves children need nature as much as nature needs children.

This book helps answer the question: why do we need to preserve nature near us?

Prize: Giving away 2 copies of the book

Contest:

The first and the fifteenth person to tweet the following (after I say go on Twitter) will win:

“Please follow @preserveland and join the FB cause (tinyurl.com/lcacause)and help preserve natural land now.”

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