Patagonia’s Fight to Protect Our Wild West(ern) Lands



Patagonia’s Ron Hunter, manager of employee activism, joined Cody to talk about his life spent outdoors and why it inflamed his passion to protect wild spaces.

From the 1950s, camping in national parks on family road trips, to Yosemite’s hallowed Camp 4 in the 1970s, Ron Hunter has spent a lifetime in love with America’s public lands.

Now he helps in Patagonia’s fight to protect those lands. Bears Ears may be far away from his office in Reno, Nevada but Grand Escalante Staircase is in his backyard. He’s not a corporate suit or a lawyer, he’s one of us. A hiker, a climber, just a guy who loves the places we love and is fighting to keep them safe.

How You Can Join Patagonia’s Fight to Protect Our Natural Spaces

Step 1: Keep an Eye on Patagonia’s Blog: The Cleanest Line. For a full run-down on Patagonia’s public lands position, you can read the post that started the most recent controversy: There is Trump and There is the Truth, which is a response to the President’s reduction of two national monuments, an unprecedented action.

Step 2: Get in touch with your federally-elected officials and let them know this issue is important to you and that you support the protections these National Monuments had before the current administration rolled them back. If you’re in a state that’s directly affected by the current crisis (Utah or Nevada) contact your locally-elected officials and let them know this issue is important to you.

Step 3: Consider giving to one of the many non-profit organizations that are assisting in the legal fight to protect Bears Ears and Grand Escalante like the Sierra Club.

When we band together, every bit of change, every small voice raised in chorus adds up to a big difference in the long-run. We can win the fight to protect Bears Ears and Grand Escalante from oil derricks, dangerous mining operations and obstruction of public access.