(This four-minute exposure of Lander on the Fourth of July was taken by Bryce Giesmann.)
(Lander, Wyo.) – Lander has once again been named a list of wonderful towns, this time by Mother Earth News magazine.
Mother Earth News has named Lander one of “9 Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of, 2013 Edition.” The magazine focuses on “green issues” like organic gardening, homesteading, natural health and renewable energy.
The other town on the list are: Grand Rapids Michigan; Arcata, California; Ava, Missouri; Decorah, Iowa; Cumberland, Maryland; Logan, Utah; Marfa, Texas; and Punta Gorda, Florida.
The author, Kathryn Compton, writes, “If hunting, hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and world-class rock climbing fit your description of the good life, Lander may seem like a slice of heaven to you.”
In her article about the town, she quotes the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Bruce Palmer and residents Rita and Mark Peterson.
“I think whenever Lander finds itself on a ‘Best Places’ list it is great for the community,” Palmer told County10.com. “I think it is remarkable how often that occurs for Lander a town of 7,000 far from any large city. We make these lists for a reason. It is our incredible outdoors and the recreational opportunities it provides. It is because of the amenities that Lander has to offer because of the people attracted to our recreational opportunities. It is because by Wyoming standards we are a diverse town with the Wind River Indian Reservation and a thriving arts community. And it is because we are a small town with two private educational institutions– Wyoming Catholic College and NOLS.”
According to a news release from the magazine Lander was chosen “for its natural beauty and many outdoor recreation options. The magazine also highlights Lander’s: mix of community and self-sufficiency, with hunting, fishing, preserving food and cutting wood, all a part of the culture; bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly layout; many active environmental and conservation organizations; and civic engagement on a range of issues.”
Lander Area Chamber of Commerce Director Scott Goetz was pleased to hear of the recognition.
“As always it is very nice to be recognized for the great community that we are,” Goetz said. “It is flattering to be selected by Mother Earth News for the list and I think it is reflective of how much pride we take in our community.”
To read Mother Earth News’s write up, visit the website here.