Mary Cochenour

My husband Matt and I use and access public lands daily. They are a natural playground for our two young children, Kennedy and Cameron. Public lands are where we connect whether we are taking an after-dinner hike in the hills around our home or on a multi-day float down the Smith River. Outside, we put down our phones, we turn off the TV and have real face-to-face conversation with each other.

If we don’t invest in our trails, campgrounds and fishing access points we won’t have a way to get into the heart of our public lands and they will become nothing more than a beautiful vista to snap pictures of from a car window. Let’s talk about ways we can keep public lands open and accessible to everyone, especially our future generations, like Kennedy and Cameron.