“I know that our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found.” -John Muir
Have you ever felt blocked, stuck, or otherwise just not productive during your day? How many times have you heard someone say “I just need some fresh air?” Taking a walk is a cliche when you need to clear your mind; it’s also proven that more recess time is beneficial to a developing child’s mind. There are even movements for forest schools popping up all around the United States, where learning all takes place in the outdoors, no matter the weather.
Open, public spaces are so key to maintaining healthy lives that downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, and other cities create “parklets,” where a parking space by the curb is given a makeover to encourage people to sit and enjoy the newly green space. Some neighborhoods make an effort to transform empty lots into “pocket parks,” where they make use of any possible space to allow families and neighbors to sit and walk in the healing benefits of nature. This is the smaller, urban equivalent to public lands.
There’s a balance to exploring and enjoying the recreation public lands offer while staying mindful towards the natural elements and animals, or remove too many resources. In honor of National Public Lands Day, we at Nook offer some fast facts to help appreciate the gifts that nature gives us and how we can help.
Public Lands were first established in the United States by Theodore Roosevelt and his Boone and Crockett Club in 1887. They established American conservation and expanded to protect Yellowstone National Park.
The US Forest Service says that fall foliage tourism rakes in over $8 billion in revenue to the area of New England each year. Visitors want to see the astounding canopy of colors, but recent drought stressors and early frosts have drastically impacted the colors and even the leaves’ ability to drop from the trees.
On September 30, 2017, The NEEF hosts National Public Lands Day, “The nation’s largest single‐day volunteer effort for public lands” as part of their vision to actively engage the population as stewards of their environment by 2022. Engage through #NPLD.
In 2016, over 200,000 participants in National Public Lands Day helped make $18,000 in improvements to the lands they love. Participants include Girls Clubs of the USA, Boy Scouts of America and many corporate giving departments as well as nonprofits.
Activities for National Public Lands Day include trash pick up, trail maintenance, demonstration of the earth-oven” method of cooking, habitat restoration, mulching and more. You can make it your own!
The National Environmental Education Foundation even has a prescription to print so health care providers can encourage people young and old to take in the healing nature of the outdoors.
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