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Jim Boone

Mitch Fry

Dave Pacheco

Moderator: James ‘Desert Rat’ Cape

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

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What do experiences on public land mean to you?  National Parks, National Monuments, Wilderness and other protected public lands belong to all Americans and offer many benefits including conservation, recreation, access to history and culture, scientific study and resilience in a changing climate. The Southwest is especially rich in public land treasures such as the recently designated Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and Gold Butte National Monument in NV.

These moments provide rich cultural, historical and natural resources and are vital to the cultures and sustenance of present-day Tribes. There are many public land treasures that need better stewardship or protection. Recreation skyrocketed during COVID-19 and agencies were unprepared to deal with increased use.

Learn how you can make a difference for public lands through providing direct hands-on help to public lands in Utah and Nevada, and use your citizen voice to ensure these lands are managed and protected for the benefit of generations to come.

Moderated by IAN President and life-long desert enthusiast, James Cape, join this webinar to hear 3 leading environmental stewards discuss how Intel alums can responsibly enjoy our public lands and even get involved to help protect and preserve these special places while respecting the culture of the first Americans.

Part of our ‘Life After Intel’ series.  Learn how you can make a difference for public lands through providing direct hands-on help to public lands in Utah and Nevada, and have fun doing it!

Panelists

An outdoorsman since before birth, Jim Boone retired with a Ph.D. in Ecology and a passion for conservation issues. His main activities these days involve sharing knowledge of the desert environment, encouraging responsible outdoor recreation, and clearing Nevada of abandoned mining claim markers that trap and kill birds and other creatures.

Mitch Fry is a retired computer science faculty/software engineer and a lifelong volunteer for educational, community and environmental organizations. In his free time, he can be found exploring outdoors in the desert southwest, the mountains and shores of the northwest. Currently active as the board president for Friends of Gold Butte.

Jenny Holmes is the West Coast Organizer for Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and lives in Portland, OR. She fell in love with Utah’s amazing landscapes on a geology field trip in college that centered on Capitol Reef National Park. She has served as an organizer on issues including climate change and energy for various constituencies over 30 years. She experienced the wilderness very young growing up in an outdoors-oriented family in Oregon.

Dave Pacheco is SUWA’s Utah Grassroots Organizer, a fifth generation Utahn from Salt Lake City. He’s in his second stint with SUWA, having held similar positions with the organization from 1994-2004, rejoining the staff in 2014. His focus is educating and bringing together individuals and groups in support of protecting the remaining wild lands at the heart of the Colorado Plateau. In his own time, Dave prefers hiking, paddling, bike touring and quiet recreation in the Western U.S., especially the red rock country of southern Utah.

At a very early age, James Cape began exploring the deserts of the American West. What once started as a series of family camping and backpacking expeditions, evolved into a deep passion for all outdoors activities. James’ first Intel sabbatical in 1991 started with a relay swim race across the Maui channel with the rest of the eleven weeks spent camping, hiking and mountain biking a large section of Utah’s red rock country — simply put, James fell “in love”. Since then, whenever James is done with his iMBOs, he heads back out into the desert to find beauty, peace and solitude.

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