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Gorilla Trekking in Uganda: Up Close with Silverbacks

Posted by on Jan 21, 2017 @ 1:05 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda: Up Close with Silverbacks

Only three countries in the world are home to mountain gorillas: Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). About 18,000 permits were given out in Uganda last year to see these gentle giants, with about 30,000 permits given in Rwanda. In total there are fewer than 900 gorillas in the wild—fewer than the white rhino (20,000), and fewer still than the Bengal tiger (2,500). They remain critically endangered due to poaching and humans moving in on their territory, and the chance to see them, to understand them, is increasingly...

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Man’s winter thru-hike a first for the Ice Age Trail

Posted by on Jan 21, 2017 @ 7:28 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Man’s winter thru-hike a first for the Ice Age Trail

Mike Summers was in good company last week as he relaxed in a leather conference chair, munched on a supreme slice from Tano’s Pizza and sipped a Sprecher’s Hard Root Beer. At the end of the conference table was Tim Malzhan, 59, who thru-hiked the 1,200-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail more than 25 years ago. Across the table to his right was Luke Kloberdanz, 40, who hiked the trail in one continuous trip in 2003. And seated directly across from Summers was Dave Caliebe, 34, who in 2010 thru-hiked the trail that winds through Wisconsin...

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National Park vandals banned from all public lands

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 @ 10:40 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Three men accused of going on a vandalism spree across several western United States National Parks have pleaded guilty and will be banned from all public lands for the next five years. Before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman at the Yellowstone Justice Center in Mammoth Hot Springs the three Canadian men affiliated with the group “High On Life” admitted to breaking the law in Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Mesa Verde National Park. This past summer the men, Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexey...

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Tie Your Things with Perfect Knots

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 @ 6:09 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Tie Your Things with Perfect Knots

In our day to day life, knots plays a vital role. Starting from the shoe lace to camping and fishing, a perfect knot can be an essential requirement. There are several steps to tie knots perfectly for various purposes. For example, the square knot is useful for camping and hiking. A clove hitch knot is for securing rope around things. Fisherman’s knot is for sailing and fishing and bowline knot is for securing a boat, mountain climbing etc. Knots are also very important for safety while hiking or climbing. The following infographic from...

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700 percent increase coming in cost of senior passes to national parks

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 @ 12:28 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

700 percent increase coming in cost of senior passes to national parks

Perhaps you are 62 or older and think you might want to visit a national park or two before you die. Let us offer you some advice: Get thee to a federal recreation site – be it a national park, national forest or Bureau of Land Management office – and buy a lifetime senior pass that gains you entrance to all federal lands that charge entrance fees, for as long as you live. The cost of one will be increasing by 800%. To be clear, the current price – $10 for a lifetime of access to any and all national parks and federal lands – may be the best...

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Hike highlights unknown soldier, stagecoach route

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 @ 7:17 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hike highlights unknown soldier, stagecoach route

Trickling between Old Fort and Ridgecrest, Swannanoa Creek is a natural passageway into the Swannanoa Valley. Over the centuries, the storied tributary has led many travelers into Western North Carolina. The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center will lead a moderate-to-difficult, mostly downhill, four-mile hike down this path on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, shedding light on the natural, social, and cultural history of this once major artery into the Blue Ridge and crossroads for tourism, commerce – and calamity. During Stoneman’s...

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Hiking in a Forest Born Out of Mount Fuji’s Lava

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 @ 6:16 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A thick forest thrives on hardened lava that once flowed down Mount Fuji’s northwestern flank into lakes that reflect the volcano’s snow-capped cone like rippling mirrors. Within it, the roots of hemlock and cypress trees snake out over the ground through a blanket of moss, and trails lead to deep caverns filled with ice. The Aokigahara forest, as this tangle of woods is called, was born on 12 square miles of lava from an eruption in the year 864, the biggest in 3,500 years. The event left Japan’s rulers awe-struck and its countrymen inspired...

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Search and Rescue offers tips to avoid an emergency while hiking

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 @ 7:16 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Search and Rescue offers tips to avoid an emergency while hiking

Wherever a Search and Rescue (SAR) member goes; they are trained not to leave home without a 24-hour pack. The pack contains everything they need to stay out for 24 hours including water, flashlight, snacks, extra clothing and maps. Many of the searches conducted by SAR could have been prevented if the hikers had carried a map of the area; those venturing out need to know where they are going and be familiar with landmarks and places around them. A map can be a life-saver if a trail sign is missed or a trail intersection is confusing. It’s...

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Impacts of the Party Rock Fire on Hickory Nut Gorge

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 @ 12:22 pm in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Impacts of the Party Rock Fire on Hickory Nut Gorge

Environmental experts will present information about the long-term effects of the Party Rock Fire on the natural environment in Hickory Nut Gorge on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Community Hall at the Lake Lure Municipal Building. Experts include Clint Calhoun with the Town of Lake Lure, Marshall Ellis with NC State Parks, and Michael Cheek with the NC Forest Service. The Party Rock Fire burned more than 7,000 acres in the Hickory Nut Gorge in November of 2016. While there were no fatalities and no structures were lost during the...

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Discover Chattanooga-area trails with local hiking groups

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 @ 6:46 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Discover Chattanooga-area trails with local hiking groups

One of the major attractions of living in the Chattanooga, TN area is the abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities, which includes many miles of hiking trails close to town. As a new year gets underway, you may be thinking you’d like to get started or do more in the way of hiking some of those trails. Or you may already be an avid hiker who’s recently moved to Chattanooga from somewhere else and would like to explore the local trails. What may be holding you back is the lack of someone to hike with. Your friends and family members may...

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Team Restores 25 More Parkway Overlooks and Vistas in the Roanoke Area

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 @ 12:16 pm in Conservation | 2 comments

Team Restores 25 More Parkway Overlooks and Vistas in the Roanoke Area

Arborists from the National Park Service Incident Response Team resumed clearing overgrown vistas on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Roanoke area December 4th through December 15, restoring 25 vistas so far with this stretch of the project. The project is a continuation of the vista restoration work launched in the fall of 2014 with the support of Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway. At that time, the team worked 10 days, according to arborist team member Chris Ulrey, an NPS plant ecologist. Work continued in the spring of 2015 around Grandfather...

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New world opens to public at Shady Dell

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 @ 6:27 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

New world opens to public at Shady Dell

The public finally has the amazing opportunity of experiencing a section of California coastline that has been closed to the public for more than 100 years. Save the Redwoods League has opened their newly-constructed 2.3 mile trail, which cuts through 957 acres of forest known as the Shady Dell, and extends the Lost Coast Trail south, making it an even 60 miles in total length. Save the Redwoods League purchased Shady Dell from the nonprofit Redwood Forest Foundation in 2011 for $5.5 million with the help of the California Coastal Conservancy...

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Rock slide closes 2 miles of Zion National Park scenic drive

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 @ 8:42 am in Conservation | 0 comments

A rock slide has closed about two miles of a scenic drive inside Zion National Park in southern Utah. Nobody was injured, but officials say Zion Scenic Drive is impassable just north of Zion Lodge and will remain closed until further notice. Park officials say the slide occurred late January 13, 2017, covering both lanes of the road with about 200 tons of massive boulders and debris that stretch about four car lengths. It’s not immediately known when the closed stretch of road will reopen. Park officials say workers and geologists must wait...

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National Parks are free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 @ 1:23 am in Conservation | 0 comments

National Parks are free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees on Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 16, 2017. As part of the park service’s centennial, national sites will be free to the public 10 days in 2017. The waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Reservation, camping, and tour fees will still be collected. If you’re interested in making your visit to a national park reflective of Dr. Martin Luther King’s contribution to our country and the civil rights movement, here are three National...

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Don’t Do This

Posted by on Jan 14, 2017 @ 10:48 am in Conservation | 0 comments

A 70-year-old Grand Rapids, Michigan man has admitted to stealing thousands of black spruce tree tops from the Chippewa National Forest. Black spruce is a North American pine species. It is widespread across Canada and the northern United States, including the Great Lakes region. The popularity of black spruce tops and other forest products that are used in the seasonal holiday decorative market has surged over the last 20 years. The spruce tops are sold at landscape retailers and some grocery and home improvement stores nationwide. The...

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Interior cancels oil and gas leases in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine

Posted by on Jan 14, 2017 @ 6:52 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Interior cancels oil and gas leases in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine

This week, as John Murray drove north from his home on the Badger-Two Medicine River to his job as the historic preservation officer for the Blackfeet Tribe, the mountains glowed red. His wife, who drove with him, commented on their beauty. Murray, 69, noted with deep satisfaction, that for the first time in more than 30 years, there are no more oil and gas leases up there. For thousands of years, the area was home to the Blackfeet and Murray has spent decades fighting a collection of oil and gas leases sold for $1 an acre by the Reagan...

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Exxon ordered to turn over 40 years of climate change research

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 @ 12:55 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

ExxonMobil has lost a key battle in an investigation into whether the oil giant misled the public about the dangers of climate change. A Massachusetts judge ordered Exxon to hand over more than four decades of the company’s climate change research. The court rejected Exxon’s emergency motion to kill the demand from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who is investigating allegations the company ignored internal scientific research going back to the 1970s. The ruling came while longtime Exxon boss Rex Tillerson was being...

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Smokies sets visitation record for 2016

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 @ 6:12 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Despite a late fall wildfire that shut down the park for nearly two weeks and scorched 11,000 acres, Great Smoky Mountains national park drew a record number of visitors last year. Park spokeswoman Jamie Sanders said more than 11.3 million people visited the Smokies in 2016, helping increase a healthy connection to the outdoors while boosting the economy. The visitation was a 5.6 percent increase over 2015 when there were 10.7 million visitors. The Smokies is a rugged swath of a half-million acres of wilderness, front- and backcountry...

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Trump taps well of protest with calls for more drilling in national parks

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 @ 12:31 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

President-elect Donald Trump aims to open up federal lands to more energy development, tapping into a long-running and contentious debate over how best to manage America’s remaining wilderness. The U.S. government holds title to about 500 million acres of land across the country, including national parks and forests, wildlife refuges and tribal territories stretching from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico. They overlay billions of barrels of oil and vast quantities of natural gas, coal, and uranium. With Trump poised to take office on Jan. 20,...

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Where kissing wolves won’t get you killed

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 @ 7:03 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Wolves are vicious animals. They have snarled through history as some of the planet’s greatest predators, pouncing on helpless prey all over the world — Russia, Europe, North America — with no mercy. In northern Norway, they’ve been known to savagely attack — with kisses. Narvik is a small town just an hour-and-half flight from Oslo, Norway’s capital. A historic train — the northernmost in the world — romantically snakes through the mesmerizing, snow-capped fjord landscape like in a fairy tale; a gondola takes skiers to some of the country’s...

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How hiking with my autistic son reminded me of the best of WV

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 @ 12:37 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

By Scott Finn It started out of desperation. Winter is a hard time for my son, Max. He has autism, which means he hates any break in routine — and winter has a knack for screwing up schedules. And not unlike most 10-year-old boys, Max is a tightly-wound ball of kinetic energy. He literally bounces off the walls during the winter. Sometimes, we get in the car and drive around, just to get out of the house. So last January, I signed us up for the 100-mile hiking challenge in the New River Gorge. I thought hiking 100 miles over the next few...

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Time for Outdoor Retailers to leave Utah and its anti-recreation politics

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 @ 6:41 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Time for Outdoor Retailers to leave Utah and its anti-recreation politics

Op-ed by Peter Metcalf, CEO and Founder, Black Diamond Inc. Over the past several months Utah’s political leadership has unleashed an all-out assault against Utah’s protected public lands and Utah’s newest national monument, Bear’s Ears. It’s time for Outdoor Retailer to leave the state in disgust. Over 20 years ago, I successfully led the effort to relocate the Outdoor Retailer Trade show to Utah. The state has some of the country’s most beautiful, varied, wild and iconic public lands that personified our...

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Has a young Dutchman found the solution to all that plastic in our oceans?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 @ 6:57 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Ten miles from the Dutch coast, near the top of a concrete high-rise in downtown Delft, is a palatial glass-walled office better suited to Silicon Valley than a 13th-century city. The building is home to the Ocean Cleanup, a foundation created in 2013 that is hoping to deploy a giant 62-mile-wide filtration device in the Pacific Ocean, the initial step in an effort to rid the seas of plastic. 22 year old CEO Boyan Slat is a new breed of environmentalist: young, crowdfunded, and tired of waiting around for government solutions. Still, he’s...

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Fonta Flora Trail links foothills, mountains near Asheville

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 @ 11:35 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

It was a sleepy little town where farmers worked the rich land along the Linville River. The Burke County town of Fonta Flora was also once home to a post office, the Rhyne School and Old Sardis Church of 1838. But starting in 1916 the residents were dispersed and displaced to higher ground as the Catawba and Linville rivers and Paddy’s Creek were dammed to create Lake James and produce hydroelectric power for the growing region. A century later, the little lost town is being honored by the creation of the Fonta Flora Trail. The newest unit...

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N.H. woman becomes first to accomplish White Mountains hiking feat in single year

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 @ 7:28 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

N.H. woman becomes first to accomplish White Mountains hiking feat in single year

A New Hampshire woman has become the first known person to complete a vaunted White Mountains hiking challenge – which takes some hikers a lifetime – within a single year. Sue Johnston of Littleton, NH hiked each of the state’s 4,000-foot mountains in January, and then again in February, and in March, and so on, for a total of 576 peaks in 2016 – plus some extracurriculars. The quest to hike all 48 Granite State mountains on “The List” in each calendar month is called “The Grid.” Only 70 people have finished it, including Johnston in 2003,...

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A Really Big Crack In An Antarctic Ice Shelf Just Got Bigger

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 @ 7:11 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Right now, a big chunk of Antarctic ice is hanging on by a frozen thread. British researchers monitoring the crack in the Larsen C ice shelf say that only about 12 miles now connect the chunk of ice to the rest of the continent. “After a few months of steady, incremental advance since the last event, the rift grew suddenly by a further 18 km [11 miles] during the second half of December 2016,” wrote Adrian Luckman in a statement by the MIDAS Project, which is monitoring changes in the area. The crack in question has been growing...

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Public-Private effort secures high-stakes land in Grand Teton National Park

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 @ 12:10 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

Public-Private effort secures high-stakes land in Grand Teton National Park

On December 12, 2016 the National Park Service purchased 640 acres within Grand Teton National Park from the State of Wyoming. The Antelope Flats purchase was made possible by the successful completion of an eight-month fundraising campaign by Grand Teton National Park Foundation and the National Park Foundation that raised $23 million in private funds. These funds were matched by $23 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. The newly protected land preserves critical wildlife habitat, migration routes, and viewsheds,...

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National Park Service Sets Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 @ 6:47 am in Conservation | 0 comments

National Park Service Sets Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy

The National Park Service (NPS) today released its strategy that connects cultural resources and climate change. The Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy (CRCC Strategy) is a landmark statement for the NPS and its historic preservation and climate change partners about how to anticipate, plan for, and respond to the effects of climate change on cultural resources. Cultural resources are our record of the human experience. Collectively, these archeological sites, cultural landscapes, ethnographic resources, museum collections, and...

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Happy trails lead to pristine beauty at 5 Hikes for 50 Years Challenge

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Happy trails lead to pristine beauty at 5 Hikes for 50 Years Challenge

Travel takes on lots of perspectives, depending on your mode of getting around. From high above in a plane, out the window of a moving car or train or perhaps from a bicycle perch, each grants its own scope of exploration. For an up close, intimate look at your surroundings, nothing beats hiking and connecting with your environment step by step. And nothing could be more perfectly suited to hiking than the collaboration of your own two feet and nature’s pure scenic beauty discovered in our state parks and national monuments. In celebration of...

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What you need to know before hiking the John Muir Trail

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 @ 7:34 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

What you need to know before hiking the John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail passes through what many backpackers say is the finest mountain scenery in the United States. This is a land of 13,000-foot and 14,000-foot peaks, of lakes in the thousands, and of canyons and granite cliffs. The John Muir Trail is also a land blessed with the mildest, sunniest climate of any major mountain range in the world. The trail is 211 miles long and runs (mostly in conjunction with the Pacific Crest Trail) from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney, in California. Winding through the famed Sierra Nevada, the JMT visits...

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National Park Service to Update Smoking Regs to Include E-Cigarettes

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 @ 2:36 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

The National Park Service (NPS) proposed revisions to the regulations that address smoking in national parks. The proposed revisions would change the regulation that defines smoking to include the use of electronic cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). The proposed revisions would also allow a superintendent to close an area, building, structure, or facility to smoking, which would include the use of ENDS, when necessary to maintain public health and safety. “Protecting the health and safety of our visitors and...

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Breakthrough technology turns coal plant CO2 into baking soda

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 @ 7:01 am in Conservation | 2 comments

Breakthrough technology turns coal plant CO2 into baking soda

When it comes to mitigating the impact of modern civilization on our planet’s environment, many scientists and engineers have been focused on ways to clean up excess carbon dioxide, which contributes to climate change. India-based company Carbon Clean Solutions is making headway in that area, with its unique method for turning CO2 into harmless baking powder. The method can be employed by coal-burning industries to reduce CO2 emissions and turn the waste into usable byproducts that do no harm. Carbon Clean is putting its methods through the...

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Ticks that carry Lyme disease found in Eastern US national parks

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 @ 12:44 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Ticks that carry Lyme disease found in Eastern US national parks

Lyme disease has been spreading across the United States over the past several decades, and a new study has confirmed that ticks carrying the disease are present in eastern national parks. According to the study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Park Service (NPS) collected ticks along hiking trails in nine eastern national parks. They found blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis), also called deer ticks, infected with the bacteria that causes...

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Congressional Republicans declare open season on federal lands

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 @ 10:58 am in Conservation | 0 comments

House Republicans have changed the way Congress calculates the cost of transferring federal lands to the states and other entities, a move that will make it easier for members of the new Congress to cede federal control of public lands. The provision, included as part as a larger rules package the House approved by a vote of 233 to 190 during its first day in session, highlights the extent to which some congressional Republicans hope to change longstanding rules now that the GOP will control the executive and the legislative branches. Current...

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Warming crushes global records again in 2016

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 @ 6:47 am in Conservation | 0 comments

2016 has crushed the record for hottest year, set way back in 2015, which itself smashed the previous record for hottest year that was set in 2014. Such a three-year run has never been seen in the 136 years of temperature records. It’s but the latest in an avalanche of evidence this year that global warming will either be as bad as climate scientists have been warning for decades — or much worse. Climatologists have been expecting just this kind of “jump” in global temperatures for a while. There is “a vast and growing body of research,” that...

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Blairstown named N.J.’s 1st Appalachian Trail community

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 @ 12:21 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Blairstown named N.J.’s 1st Appalachian Trail community

The first Appalachian Trail Community in New Jersey is here. The Greater Blairstown Area is now an official community along the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail. That puts Blairstown on trail guidebooks, hiking maps and on the trail’s website. Eventually, the designation could have a financial benefit for the town, Warren County’s Public Information Director Art Charlton said. “We’re very excited about it,” Charlton said. “It really works both ways, connecting hikers to the town and the town to the...

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Citizen Scientists Invited To Document Biodiversity on Kaibab National Forest

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 @ 9:17 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Citizen Scientists Invited To Document Biodiversity on Kaibab National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service wants visitors to the Kaibab to snap photos of plants and animals and submit them to an online database. The project will run throughout 2017. Mark Christiano, GIS coordinator, says participants need to download a free app called iNaturalist. “It automatically collects a lot of the data for us,” he explains. “So for example, you’re not just getting the photo, but you get the location where the photo was taken [and] the timestamp. This generates really good data the forest can directly use at the end of the year.”...

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