People & Organizations

"Make sure you love it." Melody Badgett on giving more than 1% for the Planet

"If you are not getting out in the outdoors, nature can pass you by. You’ll see it, but you will not really see it. You will know it, but you will not love it. Make sure you love it." Melody Badgett, managing director of 1% for the Planet, loves it.

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Spreading Outdoor Ethics and Lasting Impact: Dean Ronzoni of Leave No Trace

"Most people want to do the right thing. They just don’t always know what the right thing is," says Dean Ronzoni. That's where Leave No Trace comes in.

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Coordinating Trail Crews and Keeping it Wild: Meet PCTA Volunteer and Thru-Hiker Tammy Turner

Coordinating trail crews, favorite gear, the "Wild" phenomenon, and making this planet even better. We talk with Tammy Turner, Volunteer Coordinator for the Mount Hood Chapter of the PCTA.

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Building Trails on Water: American Rivers' Fay Augustyn

Trails don't have to be on land. Fay Augustyn helps communities access, connect to, and protect their rivers through the creation of Blue Trails at American Rivers.

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Committed to the Trail: Meet Andrew Downs of the ATC

"The trail blew me away and changed my life." Andrew Downs took his commitment to the Appalachian Trail further than his thru-hike. We talk with Downs about his work as Regional Director of the Central and Southwest Virginia Region for the ATC.

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Protecting Climbing Crags: Meet the Access Fund Conservation Team

In addition to the essential gear, climbers also require open, protected climbing areas. Mike Morin and Amanda Peterson help maintain those crags as the 2014 Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team.

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Connecting Stewards with Trails: Meet Libby Wile, American Hiking's Volunteer Director

Libby Wile connects hundreds of volunteers annually with miles of trail projects across the country. In our Q&A, we talk with Wile about her work helping hikers and backpackers give back to the foot trails they love.

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Q&A with Dana Gerschel, Director of the American Alpine Club Library

From the main stacks to the rare book room, the American Alpine Club Library is a mountaineer's treasure trove of beta. Dana Gerschel oversees this alpine info as its Library Director.

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Q&A with Winter Wildlands Policy Director, Cailin O'Brien-Feeney

We talk with Cailin O'Brien-Feeney, Policy Director for the Winter Wildlands Alliance, about what it means to advocate for the winter backcountry and the human-powered snowsports enthusiast.

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Meet Staci Williams, Waccamaw River Blue Trail Coordinator at American Rivers

We talk with Staci Williams, Waccamaw River Blue Trail Coordinator for American Rivers, and learn what a Blue Trail is and why clean, healthy rivers are important not only for recreation, but for communities.

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Give a Gift Membership and Support Outdoor Nonprofits

It's Giving Tuesday. This year, how about protecting a favorite or threatened trail, climbing area, river, or wildland? A gift membership to an outdoor nonprofit has an impact that lasts far beyond the holiday season.

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Q&A with Seth Levy, Trailspace's Community Evangelist

We know him as Seth Levy, Trailspace Community Evangelist and Review Corps Coordinator. But, there's much more. Today we turn the Q&A on Seth.

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Protecting the Most Famous Trail: Q&A with Ron Tipton

We talk with Ron Tipton, executive director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and learn what it's like to protect and maintain "the world’s most famous long-distance hiking trail."

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Q&A with PCTA Trail Rep and Advocate, Anitra Kass

Anitra Kass, thru-hiking Triple Crowner turned trail volunteer, helps protect, preserve, and promote the southern 700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail as Southern California Regional Representative for the PCTA.

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Q&A with Kerry McClay, SnowSchool Director for Winter Wildlands Alliance

Kerry McClay has a passion for outdoor experiences, and as director of Winter Wildlands Alliance's SnowSchool he gets kids outdoors and on snowshoes to learn about winter ecology and snow-science.

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