We strive to provide trustworthy content that’s both authoritative and accessible. Everything we publish on Compass and Pine is created with these core promises in mind:
- Report with integrity. When it comes to our content, we’re committed to full transparency. Sponsored content is clearly marked as such, and we disclose all potential conflicts of interest. We never accept payment in exchange for editorial coverage.
- Never preach. Just because we are experts doesn’t mean we are self-righteous. We may be peachy, but never preachy.
- Trust science. The latest hot takes or political spin’ll never sway us. Our writing, editing, and fact-checking processes are based on rigorous scientific research—and we always cite our sources.
- Refuse greenwashing. Companies spend billions of dollars a year on marketing and know the power of an eco-friendly spin, even when it’s deceptive. We approach corporate environmental claims with a healthy dose of skepticism and refuse to play into misleading narratives.
- Welcome everyone. Saving the planet isn’t a special club. At Compass and Pine, there are no secret codewords or handshakes. This is a place where everyone should feel comfortable; where everyone can ask, learn, share, and be a part of a global globe-loving community.
Compass and Pine’s team of writers (Todd and Leg) are dedicated to providing high-quality journalism to interested public lands enthusiasts. We have extensive best practice guidelines including individual documents for content integrity, sourcing, fact-checking, anti-bias review, Compass and Pine’s mission, and more.
Our writers are experts in their topics, with years of knowledge gleaned from the academic world, the professional world, and the real world too. Our writers and editors have advanced degrees, teach at universities, and have written for some of the world’s most respected tourism companies. We are passionate about the planet – we talk the talk and walk the walk.
Sourcing and citations
We rely on current and reputable primary sources, such as expert interviews, government organizations, and professional and academic institutions.
Solid sourcing is a pivotal factor in Compass and Pine’s internal mission to be an authority and helpful resource. Sources will be noted in the text and/or included in citation format to provide the reader with full context.
We strive for accurate reporting, but mistakes occur. Any and all corrections should be submitted to our corrections department via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will do our best to make corrections in a timely manner.
Fact-checking and verifications
Our writers have primary responsibility for reporting, writing, and fact-checking their articles. They are rigorously evaluated for accuracy, relevance, and timeliness and then reviewed by a staff editor.
Images and Photos
We attempt to cite all images used on our site and abide by fair-use guidelines where applicable. Images without citation are typically original works of Compass and Pine.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
We are a Data Controller of your information.
- Compass and Pine needs to perform a contract with you
- You have given Compass and Pine permission to do so
- Processing your personal information is in Compass and Pine legitimate interests
- Compass and Pine needs to comply with the law
If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. If you wish to be informed what Personal Information we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us.
In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:
- The right to access, update or to delete the information we have on you.
- The right of rectification.
- The right to object.
- The right of restriction.
- The right to data portability
- The right to withdraw consent
Compass and Pine follows a standard procedure of using log files. These files log visitors when they visit websites. All hosting companies do this and a part of hosting services’ analytics. The information collected by log files include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date and time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. These are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable. The purpose of the information is for analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movement on the website, and gathering demographic information.
Cookies and Web Beacons
Like any other website, Compass and Pine uses “cookies”. These cookies are used to store information including visitors’ preferences, and the pages on the website that the visitor accessed or visited. The information is used to optimize the users’ experience by customizing our web page content based on visitors’ browser type and/or other information.
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Our Advertising Partners
Note that Compass and Pine has no access to or control over these cookies that third-party advertisers use.
Third Party Privacy Policies
You can choose to disable cookies through your individual browser options. To know more detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers, it can be found at the browsers’ respective websites.
Another part of our priority is adding protection for children while using the internet. We encourage parents and guardians to observe, participate in, and/or monitor and guide their online activity.
Compass and Pine does not knowingly collect any Personal Identifiable Information from children under the age of 13. If you think that your child provided this kind of information on our website, we strongly encourage you to contact us immediately and we will do our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where your data is sent
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.