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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

Senior ranger talks of change in Olympic National Forest management

A change from timber management to a more environmentally sensitive process for Washington’s 628,000-acre Olympic National Forest has caused an economic setback while it has enriched the culture, a senior ranger said.

“We really did a great job of harvesting timber,” Dean Yoshina, who manages Olympic National Forest’s Hood Canal Ranger District, told a dozen people at the North Hood Canal Chamber…

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How Much Will The Sea Level Rise In Your Neighborhood? This Map Will Show You

Residents of coastal communities in the U.S. can soon search for how much sea level rise is expected to affect their regions by zip code, using a new interactive map.

The mapping tool, which was launched in 2012 in New York, New Jersey and Florida, is expanding across the East Coast, Pacific states and the rest of the coastal U.S. this summer. The program, called “Surging Seas,” uses data from…

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Missouri couple hikes 50 states in 14 years

There’s the sharp smell of sulfur fumes emanating from the lava fields in Hawaii. And the strange-looking deer they found tangled in a fence in Nebraska. Oh, and the eight stitches she got from a nasty fall at Devils Tower in South Dakota.

Relaxing in their comfortable center city home in Springfield, MO, the memories come in a rush for Ester and Bill Bultas. Although they started hiking in their…

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State of Montana uses federal grant to buy grizzly habitat

The Montana Land Board approved a $345,000 purchase of 320 acres of threatened grizzly bear habitat to add to the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area in Teton County.

The state is buying the land from the Conservation Fund with a grant from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services program to help the recovery of grizzlies in the northern Continental Divide.

The 320 acres of timber, grasslands and…

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Courthouse Creek Road in Pisgah National Forest to Close for Construction

The U.S. Forest Service will replace a low water ford on Courthouse Creek Road (Forest Service Road 140), located in the Pisgah Ranger District off Highway 215 in Transylvania County just north of Balsam Grove, NC, starting on May 5th. The road will be closed to motorized vehicle traffic from May 5th until late October. Non-motorized traffic is allowed, however crossing the low water ford will…

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It was the early 1990s. Climate scientists had long known that humans were warming up the planet. But politicians were just beginning to grasp that it would take a huge coordinated effort to get nations to burn fewer fossil fuels and avoid sharp temperature increases in the decades ahead.

Those policymakers needed a common goal — a way to say, Here’s how bad things will get and This is what we…

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Launch Your Next River Trip from Your Computer Using the Latest Streamer

Field & Stream called it a “…very cool tool and quite a bit of fun.” MinnPost described it as a “…high-tech illustration of Norman Maclean’s timeless view that, ‘Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” And Popular Science noted that, “There’s something especially satisfying about clicking a stream that…shoots its way across multiple states to empty into the ocean.”

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Studies Reveal an Era When Antarctica Was Like California

Two newly published studies are helping scientists trace millions of years of Antarctica’s climate history, including an age when parts of the continent were as warm as the California coast is today.

One of the studies focuses on an ice core taken from Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier, and uses readings of radioactive krypton to confirm that the sample goes back 120,000 years. The researchers behind…

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Free Birds and Blooms hikes at Peaks of Otter April 26

The Blue Ridge Parkway – Peaks of Otter – is pleased to announce two guided hikes, led by National 
Park Service Ranger Peter Hamel and Virginia Master Naturalist Martin Dileggi, in the Peaks of Otter 
area on Saturday April 26, 2014 highlighting the return of migratory birds and emerging spring 
wildflowers. These free family hikes are a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the Parkway this 
sprin…

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134-mile John Muir Way opens in Scotland

Scotland has officially opened the John Muir Way, a 134-mile path from Helensburgh in the west to Dunbar in the east named in honour of the Scots-born environmentalist who is revered across the Atlantic.

Walkers, cyclists and horse riders can enjoy the rocky coasts of East Lothian where Muir played as a child, Blackness Castle on the Forth, Linlithgow Palace, Roman hill forts on Antonine’s Wall…

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