ON wants you, the Outsiders, to help highlight new National Monuments and the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) by creating supporting articles in the form of videos, blogs, and photo essays. Show your support to the max and you could win a fantastic prize package worth $500!
1. Write a blog based off of your experience. Keep questions in mind such as:
2. Assemble a photo essay from your visit showcasing what you considered the highlights. Include a short description or message with each photo. Compile at least ten of your best shots.
3. Create a video of your trip. Get creative with the presentation. Show what the national monument or LWCF has helped to preserve.
***To enter the content, you need to be a member of Outdoor Nation. You can then upload a completed video, create a new blog, or upload photos onto the ON website. Be sure to put “Operation ON Challenge” in the title of all entries. For photo essays, create a photo album with “Operation ON Challenge” in the title. And Voilà! You have entered into the contest.
These locations of awesomeness are ready and waiting for you! So get out there and share your outdoor surroundings with the rest of Outdoor Nation. Oh, did we forget to mention the rad prize package worth $500? The winning blog, video, and photo essay will each receive a package including:
What are considered National Monuments?
The Antiquities Act of 1906 authorizes presidents to claim historic landmarks, structures and other locations and objects of historic or scientific interest as national monuments. The first National Monument was named by Theodore Roosevelt as Devils Tower in Wyoming. During his term, 18 national monuments were claimed. Over 100 monuments have been created to since. National monuments have the ability of being converted to national parks by congress and many have done so. Since 1943, the power to designate new monuments has been used very sparingly, except for Bill Clinton’s term who designated 21 new monuments. There is a good chance that you don’t even realize how close to your home a national monument is. For instance, did you know that the State of Liberty is a national monument? Or Muir Woods? With the ability to protect our lands so easily, we need to encourage President Obama and future presidents to claim more land as national monuments. The President recently designated Ft. Monroe National Monument in Virginia. Let’s encourage a continuation of his ability to protect more sites. Click here to find a National Monument near you.
What is the Land & Water Conservation Fund?
Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a program that aids in the protection of natural areas. Formed in 1965, LWCF contributes assistance in the form of the Federal Land Protection Program and the State Assistance Program. The Federal Land Protection Program gives funding to protect public lands in the forms of national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests and national trails. So far LWCF has helped with the protection of nearly 5 million acres through this program. The State Assistance Program is a grant matching opportunity to help with the protection of state and local parks and recreation sites. This includes wilderness areas as well as playgrounds and ball parks. To date, LWCF has aided in 41,000 projects throughout the nation. Contributing funds come from royalties paid by energy companies who are drilling gas and oil. Successful LWCF projects can be found in every state. Look to see what projects are close to you.
You can follow the program on twitter @lwcfcoalition
Check out this video created by The Nature Conservancy in support of LWCF:
ELIGIBILITY: Operation Outdoor Nation Challenge is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and DC who are between the ages of 16 and 28 and who are registered members of Outdoor Nation. Each ON member can only win one entry type (video, photo essay, blog) but may enter into all three if desired.
CHALLENGE PERIOD: Entries may be submitted until December 23rd, 2011. One winner will be picked for each entry type (video, photo essay, blog) and announced in January 2012.
HOW TO ENTER: During the challenge period, ON members may upload one video, one photo essay, and one blog entry onto the ON website. All entries must include “Operation ON Challenge” in the title to be searchable and distinguished as entries into the challenge. By entering, contestants warrant that each video, photo, and writing is their own original creation and that no entry infringes on another contestant or person’s rights.
OWNERSHIP: Contestants retain the copyright to their designs and all rights thereto except as follows. By virtue of a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual license for the entries granted by all contestants, Outdoor Nation and the Outdoor Foundation shall have the right to edit, adapt, and screen publicly any or all content submitted. Outdoor Nation may use entries in any media in association with the challenge and/or the promotion of Outdoor Nation without compensation to the contestant. By entering the challenge, all contestants agree to have their submitted entries used and displayed on the Outdoor Nation website without any fee or other form of compensation due at any time.
HOW TO WIN: Outdoor Nation members may enter into all three categories, but can only win once. Contestants are encouraged to promote their own entries on other social media outlets. Share links with your congressmen and representatives. Making Secretary Salazar aware of where your support lies isn’t a bad idea either. Just sayin’! The three winners will be announced on December 23, 2011.
PRIZES: Three total winners will win a prize package worth $500 including a Camelbak water bottle, SmartWool socks, Mountain Hardware gloves, a Grand Trunk hammock with tree slings, a National Park Service annual park pass, an Osprey backpack, an REI tent, and a sleeping bag from The North Face.