Florangela Davila and Santana Banana at the Quinault Rainforest in Olympic National Park (photo by Glenn Nelson).
During a year reporting on national parks, I either accompanied, encountered or befriended a lot of people. They ranged from family and journalist colleagues to the rangers who interpret and steward the lands.
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Based in Seattle, Wash., Glenn Nelson is a contributing editor at High Country News and founder of The Trail Posse, which regularly covers race, diversity and inclusion in the outdoors. He also is a member of the Next 100 Coalition, a national alliance of organizations of color advocating for equal access to public lands. Nelson has won several national awards for his writing, photography and Web publishing. A graduate of Seattle University and Columbia University, he was born in Japan and started his career at The Seattle Times. He later founded HoopGurlz (now at ESPN), which covered girl’s basketball and college prospects nationally, and helped found Scout.com, a network of sports websites. Nelson is the primary author of a teen book about the NBA, has been published in numerous magazines and book collections, had his photographic work appear at the Smithsonian, and has been profiled by NPR. He also serves on the boards of Audubon Washington, Confluence Project and Friends of the Waterfront, as well as the Washington Governor's advisory committee on outdoor recreation.