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“Camping in the Old Style” Re-created at the Cradle of Forestry

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 @ 11:52 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

“Camping in the Old Style” Re-created at the Cradle of Forestry

The Cradle of Forestry in America invites the public to explore a re-created campsite of the early 1900’s during its “Camping in the Old Style” event, Saturday, October 14, 2017. A classic camping interpretive team known as the Acorn Patrol demonstrate the low-tech/high-skill approach as practiced in the outdoors during what some historians consider the Golden Age of Camping. During this time in history, the Pisgah National Forest was in its infancy City folk were discovering the joys of outdoor recreation. It was a time...

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Trump moves to cancel landmark Obama climate change rule

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 @ 6:45 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Trump moves to cancel landmark Obama climate change rule

The Trump administration officially moved to kill the Obama-era climate change rule for power plants, fulfilling a campaign pledge but setting off what is expected to be a bitter legal battle between the EPA and several states, health and environmental groups. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an agency proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, which would have sped the nation’s shift away from coal-burning power plants and toward renewable power and natural gas, which emits less planet-warming carbon dioxide. EPA is exploring...

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Congressman Introduces Legislation To Extensively Rewrite Antiquities Act

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 @ 11:57 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Congressman Introduces Legislation To Extensively Rewrite Antiquities Act

  A Utah congressman long unhappy with the authority given presidents under The Antiquities Act to establish national monuments has introduced legislation that would extensively rewrite the century-old act. If enacted, the rewrite would limit the purposes for which monuments could be created, require environmental review of proposed designations, and allow presidents to reduce the size of monuments without congressional action. Passed by Congress in 1906, The Antiquities Act has been used by presidents down through the decades to...

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There’s enough wind energy over the oceans to power human civilization, scientists say

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 @ 7:18 am in Conservation | 0 comments

There’s enough wind energy over the oceans to power human civilization, scientists say

New research finds there is so much wind energy potential over oceans that it could theoretically be used to generate “civilization scale power” — assuming, that is, that we are willing to cover enormous stretches of the sea with turbines, and can come up with ways to install and maintain them in often extreme ocean environments. It’s very unlikely that we would ever build out open ocean turbines on anything like that scale — indeed, doing so could even alter the planet’s climate, the research finds. But the more modest message is that wind...

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How the Mt. Everest region is thriving two years after the deadly earthquake

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 @ 11:47 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

How the Mt. Everest region is thriving two years after the deadly earthquake

In a colorful Buddhist monastery perched at 12,787ft, Nima Sherpa sits cross-legged on a brocade pillow, calmly chanting mantras in a monotone at 5am. It’s a daily ritual the monk wrapped in a burgundy robe has been practicing at the Tengboche Monastery in Nepal’s remote Khumbu region for the last 15 years and one that makes his mind and body feel purified whenever he’s done. ‘It [the mantra] has a special type of power that helps to remove the bad things of my previous life and present life,’ Nima says. ‘We are trying to remove bad things...

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The Most Underrated Endurance Workout? Hiking

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 @ 7:16 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Most Underrated Endurance Workout? Hiking

Have you ever met anyone who regretted taking a good, hard day hike? Me neither. There’s something special about moderately paced movement through nature that leaves one feeling refreshed, renewed, and satisfied. Recent studies show that a walk in the woods—especially at the right tempo—is a superb way to build endurance and strength. For a study published earlier this year in the journal PLOS One, a team of researchers affiliated with the University of Innsbruck in Austria had individuals complete two three-hour workouts under distinct...

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How Armenia Plans to Become the Next World-Class Hiking Destination

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017 @ 12:16 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

How Armenia Plans to Become the Next World-Class Hiking Destination

Dilijan National Park stretches across the mountains of Armenia’s northeastern Tavush region, 92 square miles of beech and oak tree forests and pine-covered slopes that delve into deep gorges with wandering streams and rivers. Brown bear and deer are frequent park visitors, lured by the scent of blackcurrants and gooseberries, while rarer flora like Armenian Saint John’s wort and edible scorzonera grow among rocks and along cliffsides. The park houses some of Armenia’s finest cultural monuments as well: centuries-old...

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The Yosemite most people never see: 10 dazzling hikes

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017 @ 6:44 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Yosemite most people never see: 10 dazzling hikes

Gazing at the spectacular scenery surrounding Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy reservoir, one can’t help but marvel. Nature has endowed Tuolumne County with such splendor, it almost doesn’t seem fair. That these riches are so easily accessed by hiking trails makes us all the luckier. Before this lake was formed at Yosemite National Park, Hetch Hetchy was a glacier-carved, granite-walled valley complete with a mighty river and waterfalls crashing down from dizzying heights. Sound familiar? Naturalist John Muir called the valley “a wonderfully exact...

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How to not die in the Smokies

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017 @ 11:48 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

How to not die in the Smokies

When you think about the Great Smoky Mountains, you might conjure grand vistas, verdant forests or majestic elk. Your thoughts might not immediately jump to death and destruction. But that is exactly what adventure travel writer David Brill of Morgan County, Tenn., dives into with his new book, Into the Mist: Tales of Death and Disaster, Mishaps and Misdeeds, Misfortune and Mayhem in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The book, published by the Great Smoky Mountains Association, explores all the fatalities that have occurred in the 83-year...

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Humans Today Have Even More Meanderthal DNA Than We Realized

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017 @ 7:12 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Humans Today Have Even More Meanderthal DNA Than We Realized

An international team of researchers has completed one of the most detailed analyses of a Meanderthal genome to date. Among the many new findings, the researchers learned that Meanderthals first mated with modern humans a surprisingly long time ago, and that humans living today have more Meanderthal DNA than we assumed. Before this new study, only four Meanderthal specimens have had their genomes sequenced. Of these, only one—an Altai Meanderthal found in Siberia—was of sufficient quality, where scientists were able to accurately flag...

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House Committee on Natural Resources votes to gut the Wilderness Act

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 @ 6:59 am in Conservation | 0 comments

House Committee on Natural Resources votes to gut the Wilderness Act

  A stealth attack on the Wilderness Act comes in the form of H.R. 3668, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, introduced by Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina. It would affect every wilderness in the nation. On September 15, 2017 the SHARE Act was passed by the Committee on Natural Resources and sent to the full House of Representatives. By nearly unanimous vote, Congress passed the 1964 Wilderness Act in order to protect America’s wildest landscapes. The law describes wilderness as “an area where the...

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The best hiking trails in Metro Detroit

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 @ 12:42 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The best hiking trails in Metro Detroit

The leaves are changing and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the many hiking trails around metro Detroit. Many of the area’s Metroparks and nature preserves offer scenic views and multiple trails for hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, and horse riding. A linked map marks the pathways that offer all or some of these. The map spans as far north as Kensington Metropark to the long trail system at the Lower Huron Metropark. Also included are some urban trails like the Dequindre Cut to explore. Remember that Metroparks need a pass, as does Belle...

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The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests: An Economic Powerhouse for Western North Carolina

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 @ 7:06 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests: An Economic Powerhouse for Western North Carolina

  If you’re one of the 4.6 million people who visit the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests each year, you already know how incredible this corner of the Southern Appalachians is. Perhaps you’ve paddled down the Tuckasegee River, climbed at Looking Glass, or hiked in Linville Gorge. No matter your preferred form of adventure, you know the Nantahala-Pisgah offers access to unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities — access and opportunity that’s hard to put a price on. But now a series of new economic studies, commissioned by...

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Cradle of Forestry Hosts Forest Festival Day and Woodsmen’s Meet October 7

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 @ 12:07 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

Cradle of Forestry Hosts Forest Festival Day and Woodsmen’s Meet October 7

The Cradle of Forestry invites people of all ages to celebrate the forest heritage of western North Carolina during the annual Forest Festival Day on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. This is the Cradle’s largest event of the year. This activity-filled, family event commemorates the traditions of mountain living and craft in the Cradle’s unique and beautiful setting. More than 100 forestry students, traditional craftsmen and exhibitors will be on site during the celebration. During the event, ten colleges will...

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Reopen Chimney Tops Trail October 6

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 @ 7:05 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Reopen Chimney Tops Trail October 6

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials will open the Chimney Tops Trail to a newly developed observation point starting Friday, October 6, 2017. The entire trail has been closed to the public since the Chimney Tops 2 Fire event occurred in late November 2016. “We are excited to complete the work on the Chimney Tops Trail in time for the fall color season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” said Acting Superintendent Clay Jordan. “We understand that many people have a strong emotional tie to the Chimney Tops Trail and its reopening...

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Death of gas and diesel begins as GM announces plans for ‘all-electric future’

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 @ 12:47 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

Death of gas and diesel begins as GM announces plans for ‘all-electric future’

After nearly a century of building vehicles powered by fossil fuels, General Motors — one of the world’s largest automakers — announced October 2, 2017 that the end of GM producing internal combustion engines is fast approaching. The acceleration to an all-electric future will begin almost immediately, with GM releasing two new electric models next year and an additional 18 by 2023. At a media event at GM’s technical campus in Warren, Mich., Mark Reuss, the company’s chief of global product development, said the transition will take time, but...

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Oral Rabies Vaccine (ORV) Program – Air Drops Over Western North Carolina

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 @ 6:38 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Oral Rabies Vaccine (ORV) Program – Air Drops Over Western North Carolina

Beginning in the late 1970s, a strain of rabies virus associated with raccoons rapidly spread along the east coast of the United States northward from Florida and southward from West Virginia. As the virus invaded new areas, there was an explosive increase in rabid raccoons, with many states reporting over 500 cases in a year. Compounding the problem, raccoon-variant rabies frequently “spills over” into pets, livestock and other wildlife, including some wildlife species that we traditionally consider low-risk for rabies (rabbits,...

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Earthjustice Wins 16-Year-Long Battle to Protect 50 Million Acres of Forests

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 @ 12:05 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

Earthjustice Wins 16-Year-Long Battle to Protect 50 Million Acres of Forests

  A decades-long fight over a landmark rule protecting wild forests nationwide took another successful–and possibly final–turn after a U.S. district court threw out a last-ditch attack by the state of Alaska against the Roadless Rule. Adopted in the closing days of the Clinton administration, the Roadless Rule prohibits most logging and road construction in roadless areas of national forests. These lands, today equaling about 50 million acres or about the size of Nebraska, are some of the wildest places left in America. Upon its...

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Good news! Global carbon emissions stayed mostly flat in 2016.

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 @ 6:41 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Good news! Global carbon emissions stayed mostly flat in 2016.

This marks the third year in a row with no increase in CO2 emissions, according to a new report published from the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. That’s largely due to a shift away from coal to natural gas, which tends to produce more electricity more efficiently, and renewable energy. The five largest emitting countries plus the European Union, which together account for 51% of the world population, accounted for 68% of total global CO2 emissions and about 65% of total global GHG emissions. Of those largest emitters, only India...

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National parks set their sights on being litter-free

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 @ 1:20 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

National parks set their sights on being litter-free

  “I know how to eliminate litter at national parks,” he told the Undersecretary of the Interior. “How? How?” he responded, animated. The Interior’s collective yearning to take on littering could create a template that could be effective for park districts across America. The Interior manages the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management, all of which provide access to public lands, and with it, what’s become an inevitable litter problem. At entrance kiosks: At park entry points, each...

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Nantahala, Pisgah forest planning focuses on recreation

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 @ 9:00 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Nantahala, Pisgah forest planning focuses on recreation

The Access Fund is one of many members of the two collaborative groups – the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Partnership and the Stakeholders Forum – working on recommendations for the Nantahala and Pisgah Plan Revision. The years-long project holds the potential to change the way millions of people use the two giant forests that spread across the mountains of Western North Carolina. Overcrowded trailheads could get more parking. More hikers could set foot in the most remote areas of the two forests, which combined take up 1.1 million acres. And...

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In the Teton Wilderness, where two oceans begin

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017 @ 11:56 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

In the Teton Wilderness, where two oceans begin

The camp is located 22 miles from the Turpin Meadow trailhead along the famous plateau where North Two Ocean Creek makes a baffling break into two, sending Pacific and Atlantic creeks toward their namesake oceans. It’s usually reachable terrain by mid-June, once the sunshine in the high country has erased the last signs of winter atop Trail Creek Pass. Right now, in the early fall, it’s about as bustling as it gets in the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s Teton Wilderness, a treasured Wyoming high country that’s bounded by Yellowstone National...

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10 Health Problems That The Outdoors Can Help Prevent And Treat

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017 @ 7:07 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

10 Health Problems That The Outdoors Can Help Prevent And Treat

Should your doctor tell you to “take a hike,” you may want to listen. With more and more scientific studies uncovering different health benefits from spending time outdoors, is the healthcare industry not fully appreciating ways of preventing and treating disease? During an October 2016, White House Roundtable session entitled “Health Benefits of Time Outdoors,” Michael Suk, M.D., Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Geisinger Health System and a member of the National Advisory Board at the National Park Service,...

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5 Awesome Inca Sites that Aren’t Machu Picchu

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 @ 12:17 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

5 Awesome Inca Sites that Aren’t Machu Picchu

Everybody knows that Machu Picchu is THE place to visit in Peru. However, there are many other fascinating Inca sites that are worth a visit, and most are within easy reach of Cusco. If you are backpacking on a budget and can’t afford to visit Machu Picchu, or simply want to explore more, the Sacred Valley is filled with Inca ruins to discover. On the hill above Cusco lies Sacsayhuaman or Saksaywaman, one of the easiest Inca sites to visit from Cusco. The name means ‘satisfied falcon’ in Quechua, the language of the Incas. Located on the...

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76 women on a glacier are changing the world

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 @ 7:05 am in Conservation | 0 comments

76 women on a glacier are changing the world

Heidi Steltzer’s job, as she puts it, is “hiking where no one else will go.” As a mountain and polar ecologist studying rare plants, she’s accustomed to traveling to breathtaking Arctic vistas to chase flora along mountain ridges. But watching glaciers calve on her first trip to Antarctica last December was a one-of-a-kind experience for the scientist. “You kind of want to see it,” she said. “Even though you know it’s not a good thing, you kind of want to be there.” As she watched the great icebergs float by the boat in Neko Harbor, another...

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Have crosscut, will travel; Sawyers from Bitterroot National Forest aid hurricane recovery effort

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 @ 11:52 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Have crosscut, will travel; Sawyers from Bitterroot National Forest aid hurricane recovery effort

Three sawyers from the Bitterroot National Forest of Montana are taking their crosscut saws to hurricane-ravaged Georgia to help clear trees in wilderness areas there. The three — Amelia Shields, Sierra LaBonte and Katherine Bicking — left the Bitterroot National Forest, where they worked all summer clearing trails. They expect to be available for work on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National later this week near Blairsville, Georgia, cleaning up after Hurricane Irma. “It’s part of the Appalachian Trail that’s in a wilderness area,” said Mark...

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National Parks Struggle With a Mounting Crisis: Too Many Visitors

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 @ 6:47 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 1 comment

National Parks Struggle With a Mounting Crisis: Too Many Visitors

The rocky shorelines, shifting deserts and winding canyons of the country’s 59 national parks have been hallmarks of American vacations for generations. But the number of park visitors has reached an unprecedented level, leaving many tourists frustrated and many environmentalists concerned about the toll of overcrowding. In 2016, the National Park Service tracked a record 331 million visits, and after a busy summer, the system is likely to surpass that number this year. In August alone, some 40 million people came through park service gates....

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National Parks offering free admission for 3 days this fall

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 @ 6:44 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

National Parks offering free admission for 3 days this fall

The National Park Service offered 10 fee-free days in 2017, but nearly a third of those days are yet to come. This fall, travelers will get three opportunities to get into national parks free of charge: on Sept. 30 for National Public Lands Day, and on Nov. 11 and 12 for Veterans Day weekend. On those days, all entrance fees will be waived, though camping and other fees may still apply. The fee-free days apply to the 124 national parks that normally charge visitors, including Crater Lake National Park, and Lewis and Clark National Historical...

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Mountain highs: trekking without borders in the Balkans

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 @ 6:44 am in Hiking News | 3 comments

Mountain highs: trekking without borders in the Balkans

The views from Kosovo’s highest peak are incredible. It’s a tricky thing to confirm in a blanket of murk and howling winds. This is the 2,656m summit of Mount Gjeravica, where a shabby concrete marker displays a defaced plaque commemorating Kosovo’s first and only Olympic medalist. Climbing the tallest mountains in Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro, there’s more to the itinerary than peak-bagging. The majority of the walking follows one continuous 33-mile trail through Albania’s northern borderlands, criss-crossing between countries with no hint...

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Cabin restoration completed at Smokies historic Elkmont

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 @ 11:41 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Cabin restoration completed at Smokies historic Elkmont

  It still takes imagination to envision sitting among the suit-and-dress crowd listening to the orchestra on a Saturday night at the Appalachia Club House in the Elkmont Historic District of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Thanks to a National Park Service project, however, at least a part of what it was like during those 1910 glory days is being preserved. Four structures have been opened after nearly a year of restoration at the district off Little River Gorge Road. “We wanted to preserve the character of...

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In a Stunning Turnaround, Britain Moves to End the Burning of Coal

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 @ 6:30 am in Hiking News | 1 comment

In a Stunning Turnaround, Britain Moves to End the Burning of Coal

Bigger than any medieval castle, with its 12 giant white cooling towers gleaming in the sun, the Drax Power Station dominates the horizon for tens of miles across the flat lands of eastern England. For four decades, it has been one of the world’s largest coal power plants, often generating a tenth of the U.K.’s electricity. It has been the lodestar for the final phase of Britain’s 250-year-long love affair with coal – the fuel that built the country’s empire and industrialized the world. But no more. The coal-devouring behemoth, and the...

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Purchase opens 32,600 Arizona acres near Coronado Forest to hiking

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 @ 5:14 pm in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Purchase opens 32,600 Arizona acres near Coronado Forest to hiking

The U.S. Interior Department’s purchase of a plot of private land will allow public access to 32,600 acres of previously isolated forest land in Arizona, a move that drew praise from wilderness advocates and hunters alike. The deal opens up two parcels of public land, one in the Coronado National Forest and one northwest of Safford, that had been inaccessible because they were surrounded by private property. It was pulled off through a collaboration between state, federal and private organizations. The newly accessible parcels in the Santa...

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Hurricanes keep bringing blackouts. Clean energy could keep the lights on.

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 @ 6:47 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Hurricanes keep bringing blackouts. Clean energy could keep the lights on.

When Hurricane Irma scraped its way up the Florida peninsula, it left the state’s electrical grid in pieces. Between 7 million and 10 million people lost power during the storm — as much as half of the state — and some vulnerable residents lost their lives in the sweltering days that followed. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of electrical workers from around the country rushed to the Sunshine State to repair damaged substations, utility poles, and transmission lines. But in Palm Coast, on Florida’s eastern seaboard, midway between Daytona and...

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Rural communities can coexist with wolves. Here’s how.

Posted by on Sep 23, 2017 @ 6:33 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Rural communities can coexist with wolves. Here’s how.

Because wolves are prolific breeders and able to adapt to a range of habitats, they do fine, so long as they’re not poisoned, trapped or profusely shot. The key to a future for wolves is retaining public support by minimizing conflict. That means finding ways for wolves and ranchers to coexist. Washington has forged a model for building coexistence based on bringing stakeholders together through respect, dialogue and a search for common ground. This year, nearly 100 Washington ranchers and farmers signed agreements to employ deterrence...

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