Earth’s wild places cannot be saved by the hands of a few. Policy-makers must become evangelists for public landsThere is no better place from which to take measure of our wild planet and to draw hope from humanity than the summit of a mountain. It was the view from Pikes Peak, after all, that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write America the Beautiful. One cannot help but feel wonder and grace at the sight of “purple mountain majesties” from above.My first climbs in the Rocky Mountains as a graduate student in 1958 changed my life. I was awed by Longs Peak and Colorado’s rugged backcountry. I was also left with an indelible sense of appreciation that those places were not only protected, but open and free for everyone to experience and explore. Continue reading…



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