On Common Ground tells the real stories of individuals whose lives have been shaped by our public lands.

Taken together, these stories remind us of all that we stand to lose if we sell, pollute, privatize or otherwise destroy the literal common ground we share as Americans.

As go our public lands, so goes our democracy. Today, both stand imperiled. Tweet & share.

Every American shares ownership of a remarkable system of public lands that covers nearly one third of our country, or about 618 million acres. Tweet this.

These lands are managed for us by the federal government as National Parks, Forests, Wildlife Refuges, Historic Sites, Monuments and other designations reflecting the special character of each place.

To learn more about this remarkable inheritance, we suggest the following resources:

On Common Ground is a program of The Mediators Foundation.

The Mediators Foundation is a charitable organization exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

OCG Team

Sarah Hedden

Founder & Creative Director

Bill Hedden

Development Director

Video Credits

Dana Romanoff

Director of Post Production, Editor

Chuck Smith


Fidel Cuellar-Torres

Original Music

Patsy Northcutt


Chris Wilson

Location Sound

Melody C. Miller

Director of Photography

Jason Knutzen

1st Assistant Camera/Gaffer

Kosmos Productions


Stalker Sound

Audio M

Stock Footage:

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Getty Images

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