Air pollution named as leading cause in strokes

Each year, around 15 million people globally suffer from strokes and it is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. Scientists have long known that behavioral factors like diet, smoking, and exercise all contribute to those statistics, but now, a new study names another leading contributor: air pollution. The study, funded by public health groups in the U.S. and New...

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Our Dry, Warm Future may Favor Oaks

Historically, many oak forests across the eastern U.S. experienced frequent low-intensity fires that promoted the establishment and growth of oaks. “However, fire and other disturbances have become less common,” says U.S. Forest Service scientist James Vose. “Red maple, tulip poplar, and other mesophytic, fire-sensitive, and shade-tolerant trees are increasing in many...

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Raising money with safe hiking cards

Purchasing a Colorado outdoor recreation search and rescue card could help anyone in need get rescued as quickly as possible. A CORSAR card helps fund search and rescue teams for costs they spend during a mission. Search and rescue teams are made up of volunteers and the funds from a CORSAR card helps pay for their training and equipment. Colorado residents and visitors...

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Flat Creek Trail to Heintooga, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This delightful forested trail in the Heintooga section of the Smokies follows Bunches and Flat Creeks up Overlook Ridge to a perch high above Cataloochee Valley and Cherokee, NC. Few short trails in the Smokies are as memorable. The pathway is carpeted with a charming wispy grass that waves in the breeze and tickles your legs as you pass by. What’s not to love? My...

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New bridges open access to Washington’s 23-mile-long Willapa Hills Trail

The Willapa Hills Trail keeps getting better — and longer. It’s now possible to walk or even ride a bicycle for 23 miles from Chehalis in Southwestern Washington to Pe Ell without getting stopped by a washed-out bridge. The State Parks Commission will hold a public dedication to several new bridges on the trail at 10 a.m. June 18, 2016 in Adna. On June 25, the Willapa...

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Google to map Vancouver Island hiking trails using street view technology

Google has mapped out British Columbia’s roads using its 360-degree street view technology – so why not turn an eye to the province’s many hiking trails? For the next 100 days, the tech giant is sending volunteers wearing state-of-the-art backpack cameras to explore 1,500 kilometres of West Coast forests and mountains. Some of the locations going digital on Vancouver...

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Arctic Sea Ice Plummets To Staggering Low In May, While CO2 Levels Hit Record High

Last month saw the biggest year-over-year jump in atmospheric levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide on record — 3.76 parts per million. And that, reports NOAA, took May 2016 to the highest monthly levels of CO2 in the air ever measured — 407.7 ppm. At the same time, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reports the warming-driven death spiral of Arctic sea ice hit a...

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Reopening of Courthouse Creek Road

Courthouse Creek Road (Forest Service Road 140), located in the Pisgah Ranger District off Highway 215 just north of Balsam Grove in Transylvania County, NC will reopen Friday, June 10, 2016 at 10 am. Other work in the area is ongoing so visitors should be aware of the potential for construction traffic. The road had been closed while the U.S. Forest Service replaced a...

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Fireworks are Prohibited on all National Forest Land

As the summer season begins, the National Forest Service reminds visitors that all fireworks, exploding targets and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on all National Forest land, year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. Forest Fire Management Officer Riva Duncan emphasizes that, “Fireworks can and will cause wildfires because they burn very...

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Be a Citizen Scientist

Even if being a scientist isn’t your day job, there are lots of ways to contribute to scientific research about the natural world. From counting monarch butterflies to studying plant growth and tweeting earthquake locations, citizen science empowers the public to help scientists conduct and inform research. And it’s making a huge difference. Monarchs are an iconic...

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Land trust hosts June Jamboree on Roan Mountain

“It’s inspiring to me to look out over these lands we protected,” Marquette Crockett said. “There’s a lot of love poured in here.” Crockett, the Roan Mountain Stewardship director for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, works for that reaction – to protect the thousands of acres of land in the viewshed of Highlands of Roan and the Appalachian Trail, which...

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Trekking in Peru: far from the crowds assailing Machu Picchu

We are two days into our high-altitude trek through the Peruvian Andes before our little band of travelers sees any other sign of human life. Until then, a herd of llamas, two donkeys, our slightly eccentric guide, a chirpy band of porters, a mule driver and a chef have been our only company on a trek through splendid, snow-capped isolation. The absence of tourists is a...

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Park Rangers warn of hiking dangers as Phoenix continues to set new heat records

The mercury rose to a blistering 115 degrees in Phoenix, AZ this weekend. This may be the best advice if you’re thinking about hiking on a weekend like this, “Respectfully, don’t come, it’s too hot, this is not the time to be hiking,” said ranger Mark Sirota. He has seen too many rescues after hikers got dehydrated on a days like this....

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The joy and dangers of hiking Hong Kong’s trails

The growth in the popularity of hiking in Hong Kong has seen a spike in the number of rescues, often due to walkers failing to take adequate precautions, ­experts say. The number of mountain search and rescue cases has more than doubled, rising from 138 in 2005 to 340 last year, according to the Fire Services Department, which conducts search and rescue missions on...

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Is it worth hiking?

What is it? Just a nice long walk. How much does it cost? Probably an initial outlay of about $150 for some decent gear, and then free forever. What does it promise? Improved cardiorespiratory fitness, improved muscular fitness, weight control, better balance and – according to the president of the American Hiking Society – reduced stress and anxiety. What’s it actually...

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Four Tips for Choosing a Hiking Partner

Going for a hike is a great way to enjoy our National Forests, and enjoying a hike alongside a great hiking partner can make your trip even better. So what should you look for when choosing a hiking partner? Below are a few things to consider when deciding who to join for a day on the trail. 1. Find a hiking partner who shares your expectations. A “great hike” means...

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Aerial Operation Plucks Military Personnel Off Longs Peak In Rocky Mountain National Park

By mid-afternoon Friday, June 3, 2016, a band of military personnel that ran into trouble while training on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado was safely airlifted off the top of the mountain by rangers. Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said that the group of 10 climbers late Thursday night radioed for assistance on Kiener’s Route on Longs Peak....

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Join CMLC and Pardee for a Special Edition Guided Hiking Challenge 3 Hike at Trombatore – Sunday, June 12th

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Pardee Hospital in this special edition guided Hiking Challenge 3 hike. CMLC will be celebrating Pardee’s sponsorship of the White Squirrel Hiking Challenge with a presentation from special Pardee guests Sarah Philipp and Chelsea Darley. Sarah Philipp is an Athletic Trainer with Pardee Sports Medicine and will be talking...

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Cradle of Forestry Hosts Free Outdoor Activities on National Get Outdoors Day

The Cradle of Forestry in America will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day, June 11, 2016, with outdoor skills demonstrations, activities and crafts. Admission to the site and all activities are free. The National Get Outdoors Day campaign encourages Americans, especially youth, to pursue healthy and active outdoor lifestyles, connect with nature, and embrace public...

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Instead Of Cleaning Up Coal Ash Sites, North Carolina Legislators Want To ‘Bail Out’ Duke Energy

North Carolina’s biggest utility has 14 different coal ash storage sites in the state, and none of them are safe. That means the chemicals and heavy metals — including mercury and arsenic — in coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal for power generation, can leach into local water supplies. The safety issue was demonstrated in dramatic fashion a few years ago, when a coal...

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Kephart Among 2016 Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Inductees

The sixth class of Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame honorees will be inducted on Friday, June 3, 2016, at the annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. The 2016 Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame class honorees are Maurice J. Forrester, Jr. of Williamsport, PA; Horace Kephart of Bryson City, NC; Larry Luxenberg, of...

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SPEX launches a new concept in hiking in Sedona

Hikers in Sedona, Arizona have a new option when it comes to exploring their deep thoughts out on the trail. Sedona Philosophy Experience (SPEX) has officially launched and is busy helping its customers navigate not only the trails of Sedona, but also the mindful philosophical discussions that hiking so naturally stimulates. “We are delighted to bring philosophy out of...

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Appalachian Trail by County: A river, a foot bridge and Happy Feet

Bill and Laurie took the plural form of their last name “Foot” as their trail name when they through hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1987. Known as Happy Feet, the couple says the hike was life-changing and inspired them to give back to the AT. “We became trail maintainers, we served on the board of directors for our local club and we lead hikes and...

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Old Rail Lines in Connecticut Make Great Trails

With the Industrial Revolution in full swing in the early 1800s, it was only a matter of time before businesses and travelers in Connecticut seized upon a then-novel technology, the railroads. By 1899, there were 1,013 miles of track, with another 416 miles of trolley lines. Today, only 629 miles of passenger and freight rail are still in use in Connecticut; the...

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Nine Out of 10 Americans Tested Positive for Monsanto’s Cancer-Linked Weedkiller Glyphosate

So, if you participated in the glyphosate test project launched last year by the Detox Project and Organic Consumers Association, you probably failed. A staggering 93 percent of Americans tested positive for glyphosate, according to the test results, announced on May 25, 2016. What makes that figure even more alarming is that many of you who sent in urine samples for...

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‘Packing It Out’ Crew Update: 100 Miles, 150lbs of Trash

With their first post from the trail, the ‘Packing It Out’ crew gives an update on their mission to thru-hike the 2,600-mile PCT while collecting trash along the way. Packing It Out was formed late in 2014 when 24-year-old Seth Orme had a post-hike epiphany atop a North Carolina outcrop called, fatefully, Pickens Nose: Why not hike the Appalachian Trail and pick up every...

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New Mount Diablo hiking guide unlocks secrets of hikes

Many visitors are lured to Northern California’s Mount Diablo by its imposing presence – an ancient rock fortress between the Bay Area and San Joaquin Valley. Visitors come for panoramic views and challenging hikes or rides. But some have gotten sick and even died after underestimating the difficulty of some treks and overestimating their own abilities to...

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Hike on Turkey’s best trails for natural discoveries

The best way to discover hidden beauties, greenery and a refreshing atmosphere is an intimate walk in nature. Recognized as a great way to get off the beaten track and feel the diversity of the country, walking in Turkey will lead you to the core of history in rural villages and cozy backstreets. This wonderful country invites you to go hiking with its fascinating...

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How a toxic junkyard was transformed into a national park

The National Park Service is celebrating 100 years of protecting and promoting America’s most awe-inspiring natural resources. When you think of national parks, you may picture the Grand Canyon or the soaring trees of Redwood National Park. But not all getaway spots are that ancient. In the middle of Cuyahoga Valley National Park – where the Brandywine Falls...

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A personal account of hiking the Israel National Trail

The centerpiece of the Nifgashim Beshvil Israel project is a hike that spans the entire length of the country from Eilat on the Red Sea in the south to She’ar Yashuv, 1000 kilometers to the north, and the site of a 1997 military helicopter crash. If you do the entire hike it takes two months. It attempts to follow the path of the Israel National Trail, which has been...

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