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We are sad to say farewell to John Scott, who has contributed to more than 100 projects in his 17 years of volunteering! John is moving to Chicago in May for work and, although he will miss the mountain views and friends he's made, he is looking forward to shaking things up and pursuing volunteer opportunities with the Nature Conservancy.
On April 22, thousands of people across the globe celebrated, and took action to care for, the planet we all call home. Now in its 48th year, Earth Day has become the largest secular holiday in the world, demonstrating how humans’ connection to, and need for, nature is a truly universal experience.
Each year, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) puts more than 5,000 volunteers on the ground to care for Colorado’s natural places from city parks to open spaces, grasslands, foothills, and alpine peaks.
But the people behind-the-scenes are just as important to our success. To celebrate their contributions and help you get to know them better, we’ll feature different members of our Board of Directors from time to time. Today, we’re putting Gerald Free in the spotlight!
Public lands have been a big topic in our national news lately, with companies like Patagonia raising their voices in response to policies for places such as Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. You might’ve noticed it closer to home in Colorado, too, as full-page ads by the outdoor industry are running in the Denver Post to urge Colorado’s Congressional delegation to protect America’s public lands and national monuments.