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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

Interesting findings from Asheville, NC bear study

No area of the city is free from the presence of roaming black bears, but people are surprisingly tolerant when it comes to living close to the imposing animals. Those are among the early findings of a five-year study of Asheville, North Carolina’s growing population of urban and suburban bears.

The study, a collaboration between N.C. State University and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission,…

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After 11 years, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument reopens

The “most dangerous national park” has been largely closed to the public for the last 11 years. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, on the southern Arizona border, once saw a steady flow of immigrants – and drug runners – from Mexico. On Aug. 9, 2002, ranger Kris Eggle was shot and killed while chasing a cartel hit squad, prompting park officials to close nearly 70 percent of the monument in…

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Haywood Waterways hike to hit salamander capital of the world

A hike to the salamander capital of the world will come bundled with highland views and explanation from a National Park Service salamander expert, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at the Appalachian Highland Science Learning Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Haywood Waterways Association is sponsoring the hike to Purchase Knob along with GSMNP in the next installment of HWA’s “Get…

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Meet the gas industry front group exploiting the homeless to promote NC fracking

More than 500 people showed up at a public hearing held last week at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina to weigh in on proposed rules for fracking in the state. Commenters were overwhelmingly opposed to the controversial natural gas drilling technique – but not for lack of creative effort on the part of the drilling industry.

About 20 people showed up at the hearing wearing…

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Oneonta Gorge | Columbia River | Oregon/Washington Border
Photo: zschnepf

Oneonta Gorge | Columbia River | Oregon/Washington Border

Photo: zschnepf

National Forest to celebrate National Public Lands Day

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin will celebrate National Public Lands on Sept. 27, 2014 with a fee-free day and volunteer service projects to improve America’s public lands.

“America’s national forests and grasslands belong to all of us,” said U.S. Forest Service Eastern Regional Forester Kathleen Atkinson. “These beautiful places have so much to offer, and we hope you’ll get…

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Hiking a new family-friendly trail at Mount St. Helens

The popular Ape Cave recreation area in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument now has a view of the iconic mountain. The Volcano View Trail is the first new trail built in the national monument in nearly two decades.

Since last year, trail volunteers have been building the milelong trail, which takes hikers up to a viewpoint from the Ape Cave headquarters/visitor center, on the south…

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New Oregon Topo Maps Feature National Scenic Trails

Newly released US Topo maps for Oregon now feature segments of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Several of the 1,835 new US Topo quadrangles for the state now display parts of the Trail along with other improved data layers.

“Having the Pacific Crest NST finally show up on Oregon US Topo maps is significant for all of the recreational users of the wild spaces the trail traverses,” said…

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Enjoy Nature, Enjoy Hiking

Naturalist John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” There is no better time than today to go outside and enjoy nature.

One of the major benefits of hiking is that it delivers almost immediate rewards. As long as you haven’t been leading a totally sedentary life, you can usually begin hiking right away. Another plus: You don’t have to be in perfect…

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Grand County, CO trail improvements await forest visitors

There’s still plenty of warm weather to test out one of the U.S. Forest Service’s improved trails in Grand County.

Late summer and early fall provide an ideal opportunity to experience some of the new trail work the U.S. Forest Service has completed this summer with the help of many volunteer groups and a grant from the National Forest Foundation’s Ski Conservation Fund. Seven major trails…

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