(Photo by Robert Barossi)
by Robert Barossi
I’m a little ashamed to admit that I have never heard of the Outdoor Hall of Fame. I should say, I’ve never heard of any of them, since there are a number of them, in states including Wyoming, California and Arizona.
Today, I came across this story about the brand new Outdoor Hall of Fame in Montana and it’s inaugural inductees. While the inductees include outdoor legends of the past like President Theodore Roosevelt, there are also some modern-day citizens who are doing inspiring work in their local area. For example, there is Gerry Jennings, who is described as a “longtime wilderness volunteer,” and “citizen advocate” Chris Marchion. These halls of fame are great ways to recognize the work of people who have had an indelible impact on their local wilderness, including passionate, dedicated volunteers.
(Photo by Leupold James, Courtesy of public-domain-image.com)
by Robert Barossi
In so many ways, humans have altered or destroyed countless areas where animal species live or migrate. Migrations patters have been especially disrupted, as cities, towns, roads, highways and other kinds of human development have fractured migration corridors. Recently in Montana, volunteers played a big role in restoring a migration path for the antelope who roam big sky country. The volunteers have been stringing antelope-friendly fence, a project which has gone on for the past four years and included the modification of 18 miles of fence. These volunteer efforts may go a long way toward protecting the antelope and keeping the population in that area healthy and thriving.
The fence building and modification is a project of the National Parks Conservation Association.