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LOVE IS KING OPERATION ROAM

Love is King aims to eliminate fear and establish safety for Black, Indigenous, and all people of color while on our public lands and is committed to creating a reimagined outdoor environment focused on participation, representation, inspiration and advocacy.

The mission of LIK Operation Roam (Rapid Ongoing Advance Missions) is to provide an opportunity for BIPOC individuals (21 and over) to step into the realm of public land and freshwater conservation. Historically, BIPOC voices were not invited in government, congressional or decision making spaces when it comes to wildlife and indigenous policies, recreation, permitting, land management, and advocacy in the outdoors. LIK Roam magnifies the voices of BIPOC Leaders and provides representation where it counts

Love is King is recruiting BIPOC community members and leaders for our Operation ROAM program. If you are interested in learning more about opportunities, please contact us at info@loveisking.org

There is no cost to participate.
Further information about Operation Roam will be given to all applicants at a Q&A Zoom meeting. 

2023 Dates


Arctic National Wilderness Reserve
July 20 – 29, 2023
completed for the year!

2024 Dates


Owyhee Canyonlands
April 12 – 16, 2024
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OPERATION ROAM LEADERS

Assistant Roam Leader Guide
Cimmaron M. Craig

Born and raised in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley, Cimmaron is no stranger to the great outdoors. While in college, he studied Psychology and Anthropology, as he has a natural pull towards the complexity of the human experience.
 
By combining his love of nature and his desire to help others, Cimmaron has made an impact through mentoring inner city youth from disadvantaged homes, and working with children with developmental disabilities and mood disorders, all within wilderness and adventure settings. He is now able to apply his wealth of experience to his current position as a Resident Supervisor at Pacific Quest
 
He also has had the honor of serving as the Host and Emcee for the 2022 LGBTQ Outdoor Leadership Summit as well as the 2022 Outdoors For All Summit both of which are dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility to the Outdoors in recreational and professional settings. He also was a participant in 2022 Operation ROAM.
 

Assistant Roam Leader Guide
Matt McClean

Matt (He/Him) has been doing conservation and restoration work for nearly 5 years. He got started doing internships at the nonprofit Wisdom of the Elders, eventually moving on to crew leading and working full time for years with their LLC. He joined the Green Workforce Academy program to further his skills, which eventually led to him doing the Adult Urban Forestry Program with Friends of Trees and Vancouver Urban Forestry. Matt also has worked as a seasonal hire, working for Portland Parks and Rec: Urban Forestry with their science and outreach division. He now works for Forest Park Conservancy as a Land Stewardship Manager.

Matt is a volunteer member of Multnomah County Search and Rescue, fisherman, a mushroom hunting enthusiast, forager, writer, and a proud citizen of the Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation. Being raised off and on reserve throughout his life made him both connected and disconnected at times to the natural world. Increasing urban and non-urban indigenous peoples’ access and direct stewardship/ownership back to our lands is both a passion for him and an ecological requirement for the world moving forward.

Guide Assistant
Dr. Lisa Collins

Lisa Collins (she/hers) is an educational professional with 25 years of experience. She holds degrees in psychology and education and works as an assistant professor at Lewis and Clark College and as a business consultant. As a learning and development professional, Lisa supports talent management and business partners to solve workforce challenges. She brings a gender and equity lens to her working environments. Lisa can see multiple perspectives and creates a community. Lisa serves on the Oregon Assembly of Black Affairs, the advisory board for Strategies of Trauma Awareness and Resilience with Eastern Mennonite University, On The Inside, art-based services for incarnated women, and has served on Oregon School Employee Wellness Conference Committee.

Lisa is an environmental justice advocate; she participated in the 2022 Love Is King Project Roam, which allows BIPOC people to step into the realm of public land and freshwater conservation. As a climate advocate, Lisa participated in the Shades of Water. She advocated for the passage of the River Democracy Act, introduced by Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, to protect Oregon rivers. Creatively, Lisa is a playwright with works produced in New York (Manhattan Repertory Theater) and Portland (Hipbone, and Portland Center Stage, the Armory). Her short film, Be Careful What You Ask For, serves as a discussion platform for racial healing discussions and has been accepted into several film festivals.

Guide Leader
Aiyesha

Love is king Welcomes Aiyesha as a guide leader for LIK-ROAM Expeditions Aiyesha is an independent biracial one-woman-owned business. Growing up in the PNW, Aiyesha spent her childhood fishing in its beautiful rivers, camping in the lush wilderness, and swimming in the frigid ocean. During her adventures trail mix was the go-to snack, and as she matured so did her taste buds. She began to find conventional trail mix too salty or too sweet.

Every brand seemed to have the same ingredients. Aiyesha wanted a mix that utilized the diversity of endless flavors. Tapping in to her creativity, love, and knowledge of food, Nomad was born.

Founder / Owner – NOMAD TRAIL MIX / www.nomadmix.com

Operation ROAM
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Advocacy

Love is king ROAM leaders, Alaska Wilderness League Task Force

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the finest examples of wilderness remaining anywhere in the world. Places like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon define what it means to be American. The Arctic Refuge is one of these places. To that end, members of Congress must join Indigenous leaders and a majority of Americans who support protecting this national treasure.

Alaska Wilderness League in alliance with Love is King is proud to announce the historic launching of the Alaska Wilderness League Activation Council. This marks a unique partnership between a BIPOC organization and a traditional conservation group to unite and cultivate BIPOC leaders to activate their leadership and build advocacy around protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

“We are combining our human capital to defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from destructive oil and gas development,” said Chad Brown, found of Love Is King. “We’re learning from and following the leadership of the Gwich’in, who have lived in this place since time began.” Alaska is home to Native Tribes who have, for millennia, relied on Alaska’s lands and waters for their way of life. Alaska is home to an irreplaceable diversity of peoples, wildlife, and ecosystems.

This partnership is uniquely positioned to engage, enlighten and activate Congress to take action to restore long-standing bipartisan protections that have protected the Arctic Refuge from oil and gas development for decades. The Council will help establish dialogue channels and launch conversations with decision makers that have not traditionally been a part of the efforts to protect the Arctic Refuge. Our purpose is to continue to protect and strengthen our current environmental laws, preventing legislative attempts to undermine our environmental progress.

Reflections & Testimonials

Michael Crenshaw - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge | Arctic Circle / LIK-Operation Roam Leader
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Courtney Lanctot - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge | Arctic Circle / LIK-Operation Roam Leader
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Nasir Osman - - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge | Arctic Circle / LIK-Operation Roam Leader
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Michael Crenshaw - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge | Arctic Circle / LIK-Operation Roam Leader
Courtney Lanctot - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge | Arctic Circle / LIK-Operation Roam Leader
Nasir Osman - - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge | Arctic Circle / LIK-Operation Roam Leader
Mariah Butler - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge | Arctic Circle / LIK-Operation Roam Leader
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Operation ROAM Supports the River Democracy Act

Shades of water BIPOC Leaders supporting River Democracy Act Intro.
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Shades of water BIPOC Leaders supporting River Democracy Act Intro.
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