By Brent Stock
If you’ve spent any amount of time on the water or recreating on our public lands over the last two years, you’ve surely noticed an uptick in the number of folks out enjoying our beloved outdoor playgrounds.
The global pandemic led to empty shelves at our local tackle shops, a one-year backlog for some canoe and kayak manufacturers, and more boot tracks on our favorite trails.
Depending on your perspective, this “return to the outdoors” was either a silver lining or another frustrating burden brought on by the public health crisis.
Regardless of your stance, there is a whole new group of individuals seeking respite and connection in the outdoors, and it’s more important than ever that we all do our part to recreate responsibly.