A message from the Vital Ground team:
Vital Ground knows that we can do much more to make our conservation community and the natural spaces we protect more inclusive for people who have not historically enjoyed access to the outdoors and the conservation movement. These natural resources and causes to which we dedicate lives, careers and families repeatedly unite people across party lines, but they are not equally accessible to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
As a start, Vital Ground encourages our greater family to support national and local initiatives that work to address this issue, such as:
- Outdoor Afro
- Earthtone Outsideᴹᵀ
- Diversity Joint Venture for Conservation Careers
- My Yellowstone Adventure, a longtime Vital Ground partner
As we continue to pursue our vision of a connected, resilient landscape for wildlife and people—all people—we commit ourselves to not only protecting the biodiversity of our ecosystems but also to listening, learning and partnering to build a more diverse and equitable conservation family. We pledge to amplify voices that have too long been missing or quieted in our community.