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?Quotable: New Outdoor Heroes to Inspire You?
« on: September 26, 2018, 04:10:53 PM »
Hi, Fellow Trekkers,
I?d like to share an article from Washington Trail Association (wta dot org). This article is special because it identifies American
environmental heroes with whom people of different colors and races can relate. The link below is to copy and paste if you like. But if you don?t have the time to read the whole article, here are excerpts about the ?new outdoor heroes?:

1)  Jos? Gonz?lez, nicknamed ?the Green Chicano,? founder of Latino Outdoors.
?[...]Gonz?lez was working as an assistant teacher for the California Mini-Corps Program, an organization established to help migrant children adapt to their new culture. The program also included an environmental education portion.?

2) Yenyen Chan, park ranger at Yosemite National Park, graduate of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
?The social history of the park, she discovered, includes a wealth of Chinese history that was largely unknown [...]? Her video on ?A Glimpse into Yosemite?s Chinese History? is on youtube.

3) Rachel Cardon, author of the famous book Silent Spring, editor-in-chief for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?s publications.
?Her publications helped attract attention to the issues surrounding conservation, particularly regarding the ocean. ?Silent Spring? made a significant impact when it came out, leading to the eventual ban of DDT and other harmful pesticides.?

4) George Washington Carver, born a slave during the Civil Wars, prominent environmental-friendly agriculture inventor. 
?Thanks to his work, farmers were able to move to more productive and sustainable farming methods while increasing their agricultural success.?
He said, ??It is a travesty to burn our woods and thereby burn up the fertilizer nature has provided for us.??

5) Shelton Johnson, an interpretive ranger at Yosemite, author of book Gloryland: a Novel.
He wrote this book about the Buffalo Soldiers, ?[...] in hopes of inspiring inner-city children of color to connect with nature the same way that he did.?
Johnson said, ??It?s bigger than just African Americans not visiting national parks. It?s a disassociation from the natural world. I think it is, in part, a memory of the horrible things that were done to us in rural America.??

Anne Speirs