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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
Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Craggy Mountains | North Carolina
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Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Craggy Mountains | North Carolina

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The U.S. cities with the worst climate change-related flooding

What’s the most pernicious climate-change threat facing the U.S. in the years to come? It might not be lung-scorching air pollution, less-nutritious crops, or super-fueled wildfires, but rising sea levels repeatedly swamping coastal cities, according to a new NOAA report.

The number of “nuisance flooding” days in the U.S. has shot up markedly since the middle of last century, by as much as 925…

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North Carolina’s natural treasures: 50 years of staying wild

America was forged by taming and civilizing a vast wilderness that stretched from sea to shinning sea. Yet in ecological terms, “taming” and “civilizing” involved widespread biological degradation, species extinction, habitat conversion, dammed rivers, logged forests, plowed-over prairies and the spread of nonnative or invasive organisms on a massive scale.

A growing concern that wild lands might…

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Accessible hiking trail, Long Island’s second, to open in Kings Park

New York State crews are building a new accessible hiking trail in Kings Park that officials said will accommodate wheelchairs, scooters and strollers, and help deter damaging all-terrain vehicles or people dumping trash.

The trail, to open in mid-August, begins off Meadow Road, south of the Long Island Rail Road tracks and west of Lawrence Road on state land known as the Kings Park Natural…

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Day Hikes Along California Highway 108

Few books are more specifically titled than, “Day Hikes Along The Highway 108 Corridor”. There is no question as to what this book is about. This is Kathi Joye’s first book that she has both written and published.

Though seemingly self-explanatory, the book covers a total of seventy-six hiking trails from Knights Ferry to the east side of Sonora Pass in California. Joye classifies each trail in…

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A hike up to paradise: Colombia’s Iguaque Natl Park

The native Muiscas of the Cundinamarca-Boyaca Plateau consider their home to be the origin of all life. After a long hike to the top of the mountain, it’s easy to see why. The Laguna de Iguaque, situated in the Paramo de Iguaque in the Iguaque National Park, Columbia is among the calmest places in the world.

After a fairly bumpy car ride up a mountain next to the beautiful colonial town of Villa…

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Volunteers Sought For Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey

On July 31, 2014 the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) will host a Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) citizen science monitoring training at its Lake George Office with the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), NYS Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and Cornell University.

Hemlock woolly adelgid is an invasive forest pest that is causing widespread mortality of hemlock…

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Hikers and runners are trying to cover the country’s longest, most iconic trails, faster than anyone ever has before

At the end of June, outside the tiny California town of Warner Springs, Joe McConaughy took his first shower in days. The state might be suffering from a severe drought, but on the baseball diamond, the sprinklers were going. He wanted to jump in. He had been on the storied Pacific Crest Trail for just three days, but he had already covered more than 100 miles in the desert heat. He watched the…

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Grand History Trail would connect Pennsylvania, Maryland and D.C. Will it ever exist?

The goal is a biking and hiking trail that would take you to major cities in the Mid-Atlantic and allow you to explore more than 250 years of American history. You could ride through York and see the reconstructed Colonial Court House, where the Continental Congress met and adopted the Articles of Confederation.

You could meander through the Gettysburg battlefield, the turning point of the Civil…

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Hiking In The Ozone, And Learning About It Too

On a warm afternoon in Boulder, Colorado a small group of residents and scientists walked alongside South Boulder Creek. “Today, we are here to talk about our regional air quality,” said Jennelle Freeston, the volunteer coordinator for Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks.

The group had gathered as part of an educational effort to teach area residents more about ground level ozone, the most…

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