EVENT: KEEN's Live Monumental Heads to Washington, D.C.
KEEN Live Monumental campaign kicked off on July
28th in Portland, OR and has been burning the pavement across the country for
the last 2 months in a big, yellow, '76 RV with a couple main goals: preserving
public lands and celebrating the places we play.
The campaign is
advocating for the protection of 3 million acres of public lands in 5 proposed
national monuments (that’s roughly half the size of Massachusetts). The aim is
to collect tens-of-thousands petition signatures along the road trip and
personally deliver them to the Obama Administration in Washington, D.C. on
Since the last
Live Monumental update, "Teddy," the RV and the KEEN team headed
south to Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn., welcoming local policy leaders and
the community to #LiveMonumental through engaging events. While in
Knoxville, Mayor Madeline Rogero attended the event at River Sports to show her
The RV rolled onto
North Carolina with stops along the way at Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson
City, Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, and the Whitewater Center in Charlotte.
The final stops
before heading north to DC were Lewisburg and Gauley Fest in West Virginia. The
focus was to rally support and signatures for the protection of the Birthplace
of Rivers. The 3-days provided the largest turnout on the tour, and the
campaign received local broadcast coverage, a story in NPR West
Virginia, and a personal letter from US Senator Joe Manchin
supporting KEEN and thanking them for their work.
Up Next: Sept 28-30 | Washington, D.C. - KEEN, the RV, and
campaign partners from around the country will be in DC to meet with policy
leaders, co-host a Monumental Reception with The Wilderness Society and PEW
Charitable Trusts, and deliver the petition of signatures to the Obama
The public lands that Live Monumental aims to protect are: Mojave Desert, CA; Owyhee Canyonlands, OR; Birthplace of Rivers, WV; Boulder-White Clouds, ID** (designated Wilderness on Aug. 4); & Gold Butte, NV.