A symposium by WildPlaces hosting partner organizations, outdoor leaders, volunteers, groups, and other stakeholders to acknowledge their experiences in the outdoors and efforts in habitat protection and restoration; then using the collective experiences to create a blueprint for communities not currently engaged in public lands to become change agents for public lands and wild lands health and the health of communities. The symposium will explore and define the barriers preventing many communities of color from accessing National Forests, National and State Parks, National Monuments, or any open, natural space outside of urban boundaries.
These barriers --real and perceived-- effect civic engagement, spiritual connectivity, physical and mental health, organizational health, economics and more. Interactive sessions will identify how the loss of the connection with Nature is seen within communities and demonstrated by the loss of culture and empowerment in ALL communities towards Nature and ourselves.
· To increase diversity of groups engaged in environmental stewardship and advocacy projects.
· To Increase the acres of restored lands and miles of restored rivers. Each newly engaged group together pushes habitat restoration to landsape –sized projects.
· To determine solutions for each barrier and make initial determination of what actions can be taken to address and mitigate the barriers.
· Each group commits to some preliminary action towards that end and report it at Crossing Barriers 2018.
· WildPlaces’ partner organizations, volunteers, groups, and stakeholders with whom WildPlaces has hosted in its restoration events.
· Organizations and groups that desire access to the outdoors or engaged with regarding barriers to the environment, but groups not yet engaged are welcomed to attend.
Date/Time: March 2, 2018 9 am until 3 p.m.