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Team: South
Jacob MacLeod
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Jake hikes through the sandstone wonderland of the Wave formation in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Where's your hat, Jake?

Jake hikes through the sandstone wonderland of the Wave formation in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Where's your hat, Jake?
Courtesy Lorie McGraw

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Jake keeps the crowd at Grand Canyon NP riveted as he recites

Jake keeps the crowd at Grand Canyon NP riveted as he recites
Courtesy Weatherbee Dorshow, Earth Analytic

General Logistics/2nd Alternate. Jacob MacLeod is an employee of Starbucks Coffee from Florida.

****2004 UPDATE****

Jacob “Jake” MacLeod, Media Coordinator and Second Alternate of the South Team, said the American Frontiers experience not only changed his outlook on but heightened his appreciation for public lands. “Whenever I talk about a state, I want to know what kinds of public lands it has, how they are managed, what they are used for, what are the issues involved, etcetera.”

A talented performing artist from Illinois, MacLeod was heading for Florida after the trek to pursue a corporate employment opportunity but has since changed his mind. “American Frontiers has played a major role in defining who I am...I struggled for years trying to decide between pursuing a performing career, or something that would allow me to be involved with the outdoors. American Frontiers was the deciding factor. I am now majoring in Biology [at the University of Missouri] and plan to use that degree to help me on my path of exploring, understanding, and sharing nature with others.”

And, as his American Frontiers brothers and sisters will attest, he’ll do it with a song in his heart and a dance to his step. “I tell people about my experience very early in the getting-to-know-you process. I ask them if they are aware of their public lands opportunities, and how they might be involved … I am more eager to visit any public land that I can, and my appreciation has changed. I used to think, ‘This is a forest that I am allowed to be in.’ Now I think, ‘This is my forest, and I have a right to be here.” Along with that right is also the responsibility of caring for the land, understanding the issues, and doing what I can to protect the land, my land, in the ways that I feel are best. American Frontiers changed the way I think about myself, my world, and our public lands.”


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