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Like rock and sunlight and wind and wilderness — out there is a different world, older and greater and deeper by far than ours, a world which surrounds and sustains the little world of men. - Edward Abbey

You Should Spend Money on Experiences, Not Things

It’s been over a decade since American psychologists Leaf Van Boven and Thomas Gilovich concluded that doing things makes people happier than having things. “To Do or to Have? That Is the Question” was the title of the study they published in 2003, and it’s been cited hundreds of times since.

Many people now recognize that spending money on, say, a plane ticket for a vacation is more satisfying…

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Utility-Sponsored Teacher Training At Mizzou Brings Climate Skepticism And Anti-EPA Message

Public high school teachers in Missouri were recently treated to a utility-sponsored seminar on energy, where they learned that fossil fuels are king and man-made climate change may not be real.

Twenty-three educators gathered at the University of Missouri on Aug. 5 and 6 for the “Energy in Today’s Classroom” workshop, where they received lessons on the basic science of electricity, the sources…

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Hate that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge wastes water? You’re really going to hate this…

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has riveted the country, and it was only a matter of time before people started complaining about the quantity of water being used (“wasted” some may say). How bad is the water waste, really? Let’s find out.

An article from the New York Times noted that as of August 21st, over 739,000 new donors have contributed to the ALS Association. For simplicity, and some forward…

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Hickory Nut Gorge celebrates waterfall access, trailhead into park

An impromptu appearance of a dozen hikers was affirmation for the 50 people sitting at a ceremony on folding chairs that Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy had succeeded in their goal of expanding access to the Hickory Nut Gorge’s growing trail network.

The ceremony along Highway 74-A was hosted by CMLC and Henderson County Parks and Recreation to celebrate several milestones: the development of…

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The Cradle of Forestry Hosts Afternoon Tea with Llamas

The Cradle of Forestry in America will offer “Afternoon Tea with Llamas” on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. The llamas will carry your lunches or snacks on this easy walk along the Forest Discovery Trail at the Cradle of Forestry. Organizers will provide ice tea and cups.

As the group walks the Forest Discovery Trail, children can take turns leading the llamas. The group will…

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Weighing national monument status for San Gabriels

President Obama is considering a plan to designate the San Gabriel Mountains in California a national monument, an action intended to address crowding and pollution, and enhance recreational opportunities for a range that lies within an hour’s drive for 10 million people.

The cash-strapped U.S. Forest Service currently manages the mountains, where picnic sites and trail heads are typically strewn…

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Mother and Child Mushrooms | Middle Prong Wilderness | North Carolina
Photo: netbros

Mother and Child Mushrooms | Middle Prong Wilderness | North Carolina

Photo: netbros

Hiking Kanarra Creek Trail is a family affair

If you want to experience a beautiful slot canyon with the family, Kanarra Creek, Utah is slow-moving and not too difficult to access. Hikers of Kanarra Falls Trail can expect to encounter multiple waterfalls, including two that are 8 feet or taller, and breathtaking sandstone colors throughout the slot canyon.

While it’s not something for small children or those new to hiking, the trail is…

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Elk thriving in Smokies 13 years after introduction

In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the elk rutting season is off to an early start. And while the bulk of the park’s herd — an estimated 150 to 200 animals — still remains in Cataloochee Valley at the southeastern end of the park, a group of about 20 elk have taken up residence near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center just inside the park near Cherokee, N.C.

The park’s elk restoration program…

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Can the World Really Set Aside Half of the Planet for Wildlife?

The eminent evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has an audacious vision for saving Earth from a cataclysmic extinction event. Wilson, 85, is the author of more than 25 books, many of which have changed scientific understanding of human nature and of how the living part of the planet is put together.

Known as the father of sociobiology, he is also hailed as the pre-eminent champion of biodiversity:…

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