#RecreateResponsably: It is our responsibility to keep people, places and communities safe while enjoying the great outdoors.
While the coalition of more than 1,300 organizations was formed in response to the increased demand for outdoor activities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this new focus reinforces the ongoing need to create a community – to create an outdoor space for all and to do to take good care of the outdoor places we love. The new guidelines continue to focus on keeping people and outdoor spaces healthy and are designed to be durable and valuable to people’s daily lives.
“The Recreate Responsably Coalition has come together to care for the spaces and communities that represent the best of our land. Our vision was created with the hope of continuing the healing and intergenerational joy found through connecting with nature. These new principles build on vision in a way that we hope will be a lasting invitation to fellowship in these precious outdoor spaces, “said Juan Martinez, Founder of Fresh Tracks, Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and member of the Steering Committee of the Recreate Responsably Coalition.
With a view to a future beyond the pandemic, the guidelines of the “Recreate Responsably” coalition remain simple and implementable.
- Know before you go. Check the status of the place you’re about to visit for closings, fire restrictions, and the weather.
- Plan and prepare. Reservations and permits may be required. Make sure you have the equipment you need and a backup plan.
- Build an inclusive outdoor space. Make an active contribution to making nature safe and inviting for all identities and abilities.
- Respect others. There is room for everyone outdoors. Be kind to everyone who uses nature differently.
- Don’t leave any traces. Respect the land, water, wildlife and local communities. Follow the seven Leave No Trace principles.
- Do it better. We all have a responsibility to preserve the places we love. Help us, donate and stand up for nature.
“We have a shared responsibility to create together what it means to be a successful steward of our outside environment and each other. In order to be successful together on this planet, we must continuously recognize, learn, adapt and grow with our changing needs and opportunities. , as well as our historical and evolving challenges, “said Danica Carey, a member of the Steering Committee of the Recreate Responsably Coalition and Director of Marketing Operations at Seirus Innovative Accessories.
With these new guidelines presented at the annual Outdoor Retailer Summer Show in Denver, Colorado, the general # RecreateResponsably message remains simple: We all have a role to play in protecting people, places and communities while enjoying the great outdoors.
The coalition was first convened in May 2020 by representatives from the REI Co-op and the Outdoor Alliance in response to the unprecedented demand for public land and natural spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the group has grown to more than 1,300 members representing businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, outdoor media and influencers. The common ground of the coalition is a shared love for nature, a desire to help everyone experience the benefits of nature, and a belief that by sharing best practices, people can get outside safely and help make our parks, Keep hiking trails and public areas accessible.
“The past year has demonstrated the immeasurable impact that spending time outdoors – be it near home or on a bucket-list adventure – is beneficial for our health, wellbeing and the fabric of our shared communities,” said Ryan Chao, President of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Recreate Responsably Coalition. “When we look to the future, we have a responsibility for one another and for these valuable spaces. It is up to all of us to make nature safe and inviting for everyone. ”
Media content and resources, available in English and Spanish, can be found at recreateresponsably.org and follow @recreateresponsably on Twitter and Instagram, and #RecreateResponsably on all social media platforms.
Eugenie Bostrom, Recreate Responsably Coalition Manager, Embracing the Bear Consulting [email protected], 424.542.9690
Brandi Horton, Responsably Coalition Member, Rebuild Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, [email protected], 202.974.5155
SOURCE Rails-to-Trails Conservation