We have a couple of goals with this series: First, to inspire you to visit these places. After all, they belong to you. Every acre featured in every story and photograph on this blog is on public land, and should be enjoyed by every one of you. Second, we hope to raise awareness. These are all places that have managed to remain under the radar, which is a good thing because it means they've largely been left alone. But it also means they've not been given the protection they deserve. Consequently, each place faces some threat--be it development, energy disputes, or politics-as-usual--that has the potential to rob future generations from the chance to experience the landscapes and wildlife.