Public Lands Statements

Public Lands Statements

We work under legal permit for outfitter/guiding services with multiple government land agencies, and feel privileged and thankful to be operating on America’s public lands. With this honor comes a great responsibility to care for, protect, and teach others the values that will preserve these lands for our children’s children. Thus, we have a great desire to work with these land managers, as well as other guide services and concerned organizations, to ensure that the laws, policies, and administration of these public parks and forests would match an ethic that respects the lands, the people using those lands, and the God that made those lands.

There has been a battle for many years now over how such public lands should be administered: on one extreme, a protection that calls for the almost complete absence of human use, including guiding use; on the other extreme, a use policy so open that our wilderness lands would cease to exist in mere decades. We at Sea & Summit Expeditions, a YWAM Bishop Outreach program, advocate, teach, and encourage a balance between these two extremes. Each of us as humans have the capacity to be trustworthy, responsible and caring, as well as the capacity to be deceitful, irresponsible and even repulsive. With this in mind, we support the need for regulating and monitoring the use of public lands, and we recognize and respect those agencies and individuals commissioned with this very difficult task.

Both public agencies and guiding agencies can and have faltered, and we encourage an atmosphere of patience and grace. We greatly desire to see all sides work with each other, back each other up in their weaknesses, and release and support each other in their strengths. No one agency or group is capable of truly balancing use and protection – it is the responsibility of us all. In the end, we ALL want our great wilderness lands to be enjoyed by people AND protected. Let us search for common ground that will bring us together and finally accomplish the task.

Our Current Land Manager Partners

Bishop BLM
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Inyo National Forest (this permit also covers our Sierra National Forest use)
Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks
Sequoia National Forest
Ridgecrest BLM

Others we have worked with:
Angeles National Forest
Coconino National Forest
Death Valley National Park
Glen Canyon NRA
Joshua Tree National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Los Padres National Forest
Red Rocks NRA
San Bernardino National Forest
Toiyabe National Forest
Zion National Park

 

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

This concept of non-discrimination comes from our Declaration of Independence which puts forth the value that all are created equal by God. And this value is derived directly from the Bible, and is summed up in this verse from Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”