What's your relationship like to the outdoors?
I have a deep relationship to nature and all the things living on our earth. I’m most deeply connected to the oak woodlands and montane habitats of California as that’s where I’ve spent most of my life. To me being in a relationship with nature means understanding the rhythms of the seasons, the birds, the timing of flowers in spring, the smells of the oncoming fall, and the sounds of winter. In the same way we get to know a friend, over time and with close observation, we can learn the idiosyncrasies and intimate details that make a place what it is.
Why is it important to you that parks are protected?
The parks are the true commonwealth of the country! In his most recent film, David Attenborough calls for 1/3 of the earth to be protected in order to preserve a majority of the biodiversity on earth. The national parks combined with the other public lands in this country account for 28% of the land mass! I think that’s amazing and hope-inducing for non-human life. The parks are also a sacred place for humans to remember their connection to the earth.