We work diligently to protect and preserve the integrity of public lands in which we operate, which include vast expanses of public lands in the West, throughout the United States, and around the world.
Public Lands in Public Hands
A small but vocal group of elected officials in the western U.S. are pushing to transfer federally-owned lands to the states, potentially compromising public access and NOLS’ ability to run courses. We are staunch advocates for keeping public lands in public hands. Transferring ownership or management of federal public lands is bad for business, bad for communities, and bad for the true owners of these lands--every citizen of the United States. We are working with diverse outdoor businesses and organizations to counter this land grab and build public awareness and value of these incredible resources that belong to all of us.
Keeping Wild Places Wild
Preserving the wild qualities of our outdoor classrooms will always be the top priority: that’s stewardship in the most literal form. We weigh in when there is an opportunity to engage public land management agencies in future management of our national parks, national forests, and BLM lands. We oppose industrial development that would degrade the wilderness qualities of our classrooms. We advocate for the preservation of threatened landscapes with diverse partners, businesses, and conservation organizations.