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Washington Dep’t of Fish and Wildlife Celebrates Black History Month Through Outdoor Recreation Activities

Since 1976, each U.S. president has designated February as Black History Month to celebrate and learn Black Americans‘ history, contributions, and accomplishments.

Equally important are all-year-round efforts to increase awareness of the issues that affect Black American communities by engaging in constructive and productive dialog and encouraging actions to make positive changes.

With a theme, “Black Health and Wellness”, this year’s history month offers the chance to provide information about the many fun and exciting outdoor experiences Washington offers and the health benefits of nature-based recreation.

“Spending time in nature can be healing and greatly support our physical and mental health,” said Kelly Susewind, director for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

“The Department manages more than a million acres of public land around the state, as well as hundreds of water access areas that offer unique opportunities for exploration and recreation. We are committed to playing our part to make public lands and outdoor recreation more welcoming and accessible for everyone,” Susewind said.

Research has revealed that people of color are less likely to take part in nature-based outdoor recreation, with historic discrimination being a large underlying factor. The narrative that has been shaped can be changed by focusing on acknowledging the achievements of Black Americans and people of color in outdoor recreation and establishing an inclusive leadership structure in the outdoor-related organizations, agencies, advisory boards, panels, and commissions.

Numerous organizations, along with well-known and committed Black Americans and people of color, are leading in outdoor recreation, conservation, and the environment, encouraging diversity and inclusion throughout Washington and across the nation. Many times, their grassroots initiatives and efforts are not recognized.

According to WDFW, raising awareness will not be solely in February. WDFW will feature stories all year long about Black Americans and people of color who contribute to making the outdoors more accessible, safe, and welcoming for all identities and abilities.

WDFW believes that conservation and science are best promoted by the contribution and leadership of those who have diverse backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and identities that represent the communities they serve.

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May 17, 2024 9:31 am

I’m all about celebrating Black History Month! The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is showcasing how Black Americans connect with nature. It’s so cool to see inclusivity and appreciation in action.


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