Remembering Doug Walker

February 29, 2016Will ShafrothNPF Blog

This past December, I was saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and longtime lover of the outdoors and supporter of the public lands community: Doug Walker.

Doug was inherently positive and eager to learn about people’s passions. He always listened intently and sought ways that he could help support good causes.  He also asked great questions that made whatever project you were working on or problem you were trying to solve easier to accomplish.  

He was also incredibly passionate about connecting people to public lands, especially those who traditionally didn’t have access to opportunities to experience America’s great outdoors.

A big proponent of President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park, he was excited for youth and their families to discover their own unique connections to and love for parks and other public lands.

Committed to increasing accessibility to public lands for people from all backgrounds and of all abilities, his dedication to sharing the places he loved with more people highlighted the essence of what the National Park Foundation is advancing in its Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement. He truly believed that America’s public lands belong to all of us.

He was an inspiring example of how individuals can carry on the legacy of private support that created our national parks more than a century ago.

This past Saturday, many of us – including a lot of his climbing buddies – honored Doug’s legacy at the American Alpine Club’s annual dinner in Washington, D.C.  

With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to a dear friend and supporter, but find comfort in knowing that every time we open a door to the outdoors for someone, we will be honoring his life.

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