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To protect the safety of our staff, we have closed our office and our staff is working from home, except for the most essential operations.

 

For now, we plan to move forward with upcoming national events scheduled for late April, May and June. However, we will continue to monitor the situation, and our plans are subject to change.

 

We will keep you informed within two to three weeks before each event. Please feel free to contact us by email or phone with any questions.

Woman sitting on a rock in mountains
To our Broads family:
 
Be bold, be brave, be a Broad. We have this motto printed on our t-shirts, and it couldn’t be more fitting for the unusual times we are in now.
 
Our unique organization formed because of the love of wild places, the desire to protect the natural world, and the solitude that wilderness is meant to ensure. I’d never heard of “social distancing” before this month. Yet I’ve always valued the solitude of wild places—the opportunity to slow the pace and observe all that unfurls magically in the natural world. Just outside our windows, the beauty and tranquility of nature beckons, a tonic for the concern and uncertainty brought on by the novel corona virus.
 
Over the last week, I’ve wandered through the meadows and cliffs near my home, watched ouzels building nests along the Animas River, and exulted in the rime-covered trees as we skied the high elevation backcountry nearby. I can’t think of a more important time to find serenity and solace outdoors. I woke this morning to a dawn birdsong I didn’t recognize, taking heart in the coming of spring.
 
My hope is that this crisis helps us pull together as a community, even as we’re asked to distance physically. Perhaps we’ll appreciate slowing down, see how our actions and policies can reduce carbon emissions, and apply these lessons to the climate crisis. Perhaps we’ll appreciate our neighborhoods and neighborwoods, cherishing them in new ways. We’ll recognize that wild habitat is critical for our physical health and spiritual well being, and critically important for its own sake.
 
In the midst of this, we must not lose focus on our love for and commitment to wilderness and wild public lands. Take a break from the news. Take a walk in nature. Gather strength from the sunrise. Recommit fully to protecting what protects us.
 
Our Broads community is here for you. Be bold, be brave. It’s not time to go abroad, but it’s always time to be a Broad. Stay safe, stay strong, and join us in building a wild and healthy tomorrow.
 
With broad love and a virtual hug,
 
Shelley Silbert, Executive Director