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For Gavin Woody, a former air ranger and veteran of the war in Iraq, public lands are his salvation. “If I went somewhere and there was a fence put up and I couldn’t go in there, it would just be mind boggling,” he says.

Woody is the subject of the first in a series of videos put together by the Wilderness Society advocating against the privatization of public lands. The program is called Our Wild, and will feature four videos through the end of 2016. Through stories such as Woody’s, Our Wild intends to illustrate why protected lands are important to all Americans while dispelling some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding the movement to transfer some federal lands to state control.

“Our Wild is meant to empower the countless voices of everyday people who care about and use America’s parks and public lands,” says Kate Mackay, director of wildlands communications for The Wilderness Society. “We’re creating a groundswell of action that pushes back on the ill-conceived agenda by special interests to steal our natural and cultural legacy. Through collective storytelling, we’re reminding audiences that Americans benefit immensely from having forests, refuges, parks and other wild lands open and available to us all.”

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Photo courtesy of The Wilderness Society.

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Derek Taylor is the managing editor of adventure-journal.com. He lives in Huntsville, Utah.
Derek Taylor is the managing editor of adventure-journal.com. He lives in Huntsville, Utah.

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