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Rendezvous report, great places, great people

The following is a guest post from Tom Reeve, Islanders for the San Juan Islands National Conservation Area.

As Pat Williams said, Ed Zahniser’s talk last night on the huge impact that can be made by “the power of one” was an inspiring tour of many of the wonderful parts of the American landscape that would not have been saved for us if it weren’t for a few dedicated people who were their defenders.

One stop on Ed’s tour was very timely. On our way to Rendezvous, Sally and I made a whirlwind first visit to Joshua Tree National Park. Celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, Josua Tree spent most of those years as a National Monument, protected by FDR under the Antiquities Act in 1936. Without the power of one voice years ago, fighting to preserve precious lands, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy those lands today.

As I talk to people at Rendezvous, I can’t help but think of the great places that are available to our grandchildren due to their hard work.

One thing I noticed in Joshua Tree was a line of “No Trespassing” signs blocking a private inholding within the park. I was relieved and inspired when, later in the afternoon at Rendezvous, I met the Executive Director of the Mojave Desert Land Trust which is working every day to help remove those no trespassing signs in public areas around the area. Great to hear and another reminder of the hard work it takes to maintain these lands on an ongoing basis.