It’s Time to Think Beyond Bears Ears (Outside)


Glenn Nelson delivers a compelling and well-researched argument for expanding our conception of “public land” worth protecting in Outside Magazine –  It’s Time to Think Beyond Bears Ears (Outside) 

Question for readers: What compelling public land story hasn’t gotten the coverage it deserves. Comment here or write to

Nonwhites are moving toward majority status in the U.S. by 2044, if not sooner. And we care about the outdoors. When voters of color were polled by New American Media and the Next 100 Coalition last summer, 70 percent said they participated in outdoor activities. Latinos, the largest ethnic group in the U.S., have consistently polled very strongly in their commitment to recreation and the environment. They also spend more per capita on outdoor gear—$592 annually—than any other racial group, including whites, according to other research by the Outdoor Industry Association.


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