Our active-duty service members, veterans, and their families are one of our nation's most prized resources. Recognizing the enormous value in partnerships that encourage veterans and military families to enjoy public lands, the Bureau of Land Management and the Sierra Club signed an agreement to work together on programs, training, and recreational activities for veterans and military families.
This partnership will allow veterans, active-duty military, and their families to have opportunities to learn about and participate in conservation and recreation activities on public lands.
"I grew up in a single-parent household in an urban area where I helped my mom with my brother and my sister. After I joined the Army and I settled into my adult life routine, I wanted to give back to the community, especially to the kids who were growing up in areas like the one I grew up in. The kids are the reason I volunteer with ICO and the reason I keep coming back. Watching them hop from rock to rock, learn to swim or improve upon their swimming skills, and learn that the outdoors is fun, not scary, is lovely and fulfilling," says Sierra Club volunteer DC ICO Leader, Melaina Sharpe.
Sierra Club Outdoors Director Stacy Bare was just named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year! Stacy earned the recognition for his work as a veteran using the outdoors to build community among soldiers returned from war. We're stoked!