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The long, strange trip of Deer 255

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 @ 7:26 am in Conservation | 0 comments

The long, strange trip of Deer 255

Standing in a thick patch of pine and fir, mosquitoes swarming her face, Anna Ortega lifted a radio receiver into the air, angling it back and forth as she listened for the blip, blip, blip of a mule deer collar. A zoology graduate student at the University of Wyoming, Ortega was tracking Deer 255, a doe that had braved road crossings, fences, wolves and other hazards to get here. Somewhere in this forest near Island Park, Idaho, a dozen miles west of Yellowstone National Park, Deer 255 was laying over for the summer. Armed with bear spray,...

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The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Hiking

Posted by on Aug 23, 2018 @ 2:14 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Hiking

There’s nothing as reinvigorating as a morning spent outdoors surrounded only by rocks, trees, and wildlife. The great thing about hiking is that it can be exactly as relaxing or as challenging as you make it. You can simply decide to wear your old sneakers and wander around a local forest, or you can go all-out and spend months at a time in the wilderness—or anywhere in between. Hiking can be a major adventure, or just a short moment of peace, a defining period of calm. Wherever or however you choose to go outside, it may brings you peace...

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Big Brother–Style Tech Is Helping Hikers Avoid Crowds

Posted by on Aug 23, 2018 @ 6:41 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Big Brother–Style Tech Is Helping Hikers Avoid Crowds

When you head out for a hike this summer in many areas in the mountains just east of Seattle, a government-sanctioned program will be watching your Flickr photos and Instagram posts, noting where you’ve been and what you’ve been up to. While this sounds like creepy Big Brother invading your privacy, the researchers aren’t actually interested in you personally. Instead, they’re training the tools of Big Data on social media in hopes that the information they gather can improve your future visits to public lands. The program in the Mount...

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Hike Will Bridge Age Gap on Grandparents Day

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 @ 12:39 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hike Will Bridge Age Gap on Grandparents Day

Looking for a way to bridge the age gap on National Grandparents Day September 9? Take a hike on the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail. (MST) “We have trail sections for all skills and ages from the Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks and in between,” said Jerry Barker, organizer of the MST Birthday Hike, which will be held that same weekend. He added, “Love of the outdoors is something one generation can pass on to another, whether it is hiking to a waterfall, hilltop, or quiet spot in the woods.” Between September 7 and 9, 2018, not only...

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Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 @ 6:36 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record

The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer. This phenomenon – which has never been recorded before – has occurred twice this year due to warm winds and a climate-change driven heatwave in the northern hemisphere. One meteorologist described the loss of ice as “scary”. Others said it could force scientists to revise their theories about which part of the Arctic will withstand warming the longest. The sea off the north coast of Greenland is...

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What is Preventative Search and Rescue?

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 @ 6:30 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

What is Preventative Search and Rescue?

You’ve probably heard of Search and Rescue before, but some national park rangers are involved with Preventive Search and Rescue. Basically their job is to help visitors avoid needing to be rescued by providing education about the hazards of hiking in the parks, and the time and equipment necessary to complete a planned hike. The PSAR program was started in 1997 at Grand Canyon National Park as an effort to reduce the hundreds of heat-related illnesses park visitors were experiencing every summer. It has since been adapted at other parks as...

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How to Enjoy a Ski Destination When It’s Not Ski Season

Posted by on Aug 20, 2018 @ 8:07 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

How to Enjoy a Ski Destination When It’s Not Ski Season

Just because the slopes are bare doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit a ski resort. From wildlife tours to stargazing, many have more to offer in the warm months than you may think. Vail, Colo., Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Park City, Utah, may all be mainstay skiing destinations, but trips to their resorts — or those in any other ski spot in the United States for that matter — shouldn’t be confined to ski season. Top ski locales offer plenty of diversions in the summer and fall, too. Ski resorts are a hiker’s haven, with dozens of possible treks...

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A Himalayan journey – trekking to Shangri-La

Posted by on Aug 19, 2018 @ 9:11 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A Himalayan journey – trekking to Shangri-La

At the top of the Miyar Valley in the high Himalayas, a chain of seven tiny turquoise pools nestle below the snout of a formidable glacier. Each one looks deceptively inviting. Plunge in and your shouts, as you brave the icy water, echo off walls of rock into empty air; there is no one but your group around to hear. For miles in every direction there are only mountains; their white peaks, sheer slopes and pockets of high hidden valleys are filled with wildflowers for just a few months of the year, mainly June and July, when their cape of snow...

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Fracking is destroying U.S. water supply, warns shocking new study

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 @ 7:00 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Fracking is destroying U.S. water supply, warns shocking new study

An alarming new study reveals fracking is quite simply destroying America’s water supply. That means we are losing potable water forever in many semi-arid regions of the country, while simultaneously producing more carbon pollution that in turn is driving ever-worsening droughts in those same regions. The game-changing study from Duke University found that “from 2011 to 2016, the water use per well increased up to 770 percent.” In addition, the toxic wastewater produced in the first year of production jumped up to 1440 percent. The federal...

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The Florida National Scenic Trail is one of the most underrated treks in the country

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 @ 2:57 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Florida National Scenic Trail is one of the most underrated treks in the country

Florida is renowned for many things — sandy beaches, amusement parks, traffic lights that change inexorably slowly, Cuban food, etc. Trekking through pristine national wilderness? Not so much. But the Sunshine State is actually home to one of the country’s most underrated treks — the Florida National Scenic Trail. The 1,300-mile trek from Big Cypress National Preserve in the tropical southern part of the state north to the Gulf Islands National Seashore south of Pensacola doesn’t get nearly as much attention from the backpacking community as...

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5 great hikes within 60 minutes of Washington, D.C.

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 @ 6:44 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

5 great hikes within 60 minutes of Washington, D.C.

In the course of writing the newest edition of “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington, D.C.,” Rachel Cooper and Renee Sklarew scrambled across boulders and bushwhacked through thorny underbrush — but mostly, they logged their total of 252 miles taking peaceful walks through the woods. Along the way, they learned that the D.C. area offers a wide variety of hikes. “We have the Chesapeake Bay to the east, we have the mountains to the west, and we have urban areas with so much history in between,” Cooper says. “There are so many different...

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US poised to allow more mining on land Trump removed from monuments

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018 @ 1:28 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

US poised to allow more mining on land Trump removed from monuments

US officials have announced plans to allow increased mining on land that once belonged to two national monuments Donald Trump shrank, and to sell off some of the land despite pledges not to do so. The two monuments, now significantly smaller in size, are both in Utah. The draft management plan for Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument includes a 98-page minerals report that outlines deposits of coal, oil and gas, tar sands and other minerals under the whole of the monument’s original 1.9m acres. It also targets 1,600 acres for selling...

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An army of deer ticks carrying Lyme disease is advancing. It will only get worse.

Posted by on Aug 15, 2018 @ 7:15 am in Conservation | 0 comments

An army of deer ticks carrying Lyme disease is advancing. It will only get worse.

Across the United States, tick- and mosquito-borne diseases, some potentially lethal, are emerging in places and volumes not previously seen. Climate change almost certainly is to blame, according to a 2016 report by 13 federal agencies that warned of intensifying heat, storms, air pollution and infectious diseases. Last year, a coalition of 24 academic and government groups tracked climate-related health hazards worldwide. It found them “far worse than previously understood,” jeopardizing half a century of public-health gains. Climate’s role...

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Glacier National Park is on fire — and yes, warming is making things worse

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 @ 12:27 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

Glacier National Park is on fire — and yes, warming is making things worse

This summer has felt like a global warming turning point. Now, another milestone: Saturday, August 11, 2018 was the hottest day in the history of Glacier National Park, and its first recorded time reaching 100 degrees F. On the same day, lightning started three fires in the Montana park, which has since been partly evacuated and closed. On Sunday, hot and dry winds helped the biggest fire expand rapidly. Right now, every state west of the Mississippi is at least partly in drought, including Montana. Missoula, the closest major city to Glacier...

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The Newest Long Trails Crossing America

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 @ 7:36 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Newest Long Trails Crossing America

ARIZONA TRAIL Designated in 2009 The Arizona Trail begins in the Huachuca Mountains on the Mexican border and then bisects the state lengthwise for 807 miles until reaching the Vermillion Cliffs on the Utah border. The route traverses arid mountains, deserts, scablands and the Grand Canyon, before entering the deep pine forests of the Mogollon Rim. Much of the trail receives less than 11 inches of rain a year, making for thirsty traveling because water sources are few and unreliable. PACIFIC NORTHWEST TRAIL Designated in 2009 The Pacific...

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10 healthy snacks to pack for your next summer hike

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 @ 6:18 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Alexandra Inman is a Registered Dietitian based in Vancouver. She is passionate about sharing science-based nutrition information to help you reach your health and wellness goals. If you’re heading into nature this season, you might be wondering what to pack to stay hydrated and energized during your summer hike. What food and drinks you should take depends on a variety of factors: length and difficulty, weather, and how heavy you want your pack to be. It’s important to stay hydrated, especially during the warm summer months. A good guide is...

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Hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail

Posted by on Aug 12, 2018 @ 9:12 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail

Lake Tahoe is 122,200 acres of cobalt blue water and reflections of the Sierra. The best way to really get to know it: The Tahoe Rim Trail. The meandering loop is a great long trail for beginners, or a laid-back walk in the woods for seasoned thru-hikers. Plus, you’d be hard-pressed to find this diversity of scenery on such a modest adventure: In less than 200 miles, the trail hops the peaks of the Sierra and Carson Ranges, traces airy ridgelines, and dives into ponderosa and lodgepole pine forest. Get ready to hike with our guide to...

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Trekking through fire and ice on Greenland’s 102-mile Arctic Circle Trail

Posted by on Aug 11, 2018 @ 6:52 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Trekking through fire and ice on Greenland’s 102-mile Arctic Circle Trail

Late on the fourth day hiking the 102-mile Arctic Circle Trail in western Greenland, there was smoke rising from the ground. White tendrils, sometimes columns, rose in all directions from charred soil and wisped out from an 800-foot-tall hummocky, granitic hillside to my left. To the right was the 14-mile-long, string-bean-shaped Lake Amitsorsuaq, the biggest of the dozens of lakes you hike past along the trail. The smoldering ground extended to the lake’s shore and made the supersaturated blues of the water pop even more. This was one of the...

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New Land Protection at Yellow Spot in Roan Highlands

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 @ 11:43 am in Conservation | 0 comments

New Land Protection at Yellow Spot in Roan Highlands

This summer Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy purchased 234 acres in the Highlands of Roan, securing high elevation wildlife habitat and permanently protecting a corridor linking Tompkins Preserve with Pisgah National Forest in Mitchell County. This acquisition at Yellow Spot protects rare plant and animal habitat, wildlife corridors, scenic views, and sources of clean water along an important high elevation ridgeline. “This property contains a remarkable combination of features that have made it a conservation priority for decades,”...

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The Best Way to Get to Petra Is on One of World’s Best Hikes

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 @ 7:24 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Best Way to Get to Petra Is on One of World’s Best Hikes

The rugged Jordan Trail was recently named by National Geographic Traveler as one of the best hikes in the world. Divided into eight sections, the long-distance route winds through 52 villages and communities, offering a deep immersion in Jordan’s ancient history, culture and untouched natural beauty. It’s no wonder. The genesis of the trail is steeped in tradition dating back centuries, when walking across Jordan was a way of life for traders and caravans, Bedouins, artists, fortune seekers, and religious pilgrims. Then, a few years ago,...

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This art exhibition in the Swiss Alps is designed to surprise hikers

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 @ 7:09 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

This art exhibition in the Swiss Alps is designed to surprise hikers

As if the magnificent rolling hills and outstanding views of a bucolic wonderland weren’t enough, now, visitors to the Safien Valley in the Swiss Alps have even more reason to be excited, with the opening of a unique art exhibition that sees installations inspired by nature set in place across the area. Unveiled as part of the Art Safiental Biennale 2018, the installations will be visible until October 21, 2018, giving locals and tourists alike the chance to explore and interact with a number of unique pieces. For the second time in its...

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Water Tables and Wetlands

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 @ 11:43 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Water Tables and Wetlands

Some wetlands won’t stay wet, according to new research that blends long-term observations and climate projections. “By end of the 21st century, all five of the wetland sites studied are predicted to become much drier,” says USDA Forest Service research hydrologist Ge Sun. The five wetlands are long-term research sites located throughout the southeastern U.S. They include: A Carolina bay depressional forested wetland in South Carolina. Carolina bays are always oval, and the tips of the oval always point to the northwest and southeast. Their...

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Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 @ 6:57 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area

With its muted colors and striking geology, this unusual landscape feels like a martian planet. Pale, mushroom-shaped hoodoos loom above the rocky earth like enormous alien trees. Petrified tree stumps and ancient bones speckle the badlands like prehistoric markers of its long-gone inhabitants. Located in the arid San Juan Basin of northwest New Mexico, the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area is located on 6,563 acres of public Bureau of Land Management land. It’s a hidden wonder of weathered rock formations often referred to as hoodoos,...

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10 Wilderness Backpacking Trips

Posted by on Aug 5, 2018 @ 8:28 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

10 Wilderness Backpacking Trips

There’s something about striking out from a trailhead with your food and overnight gear strapped to your back – nothing more. Traveling light, the anticipation of the hike is exciting and step-by-step, you slowly find yourself becoming part of the wilderness landscape around you. Overnight backpacking is an activity that should be done by accomplished hikers, familiar with backpacking techniques and travel. From individual thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail to a family adventure into Desolation Wilderness – with careful planning and some...

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Suspect in Yellowstone bison incident arrested at Glacier National Park

Posted by on Aug 4, 2018 @ 6:53 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Suspect in Yellowstone bison incident arrested at Glacier National Park

August 2, 2018 at approximately 10:45 p.m., Glacier National Park rangers apprehended Raymond Reinke, age 55, from Pendleton, Oregon. Reinke was wanted following an incident earlier this week at Yellowstone National Park when he was captured on video harassing a bison. Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk said, “We appreciate the collaboration of our fellow rangers in Glacier and Grand Teton national parks on this arrest. Harassing wildlife is illegal in any national park.” Reinke had been traveling to multiple national parks...

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The ultimate guide to hiking the St. Olav Ways

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 @ 9:03 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The ultimate guide to hiking the St. Olav Ways

In 2016, 278,232 people made the pilgrimage across Spain and Portugal to Santiago de Compostela. At least, that’s how many actually received their certificates at the end. The same year, a mere 1,045 people made the pilgrimage to Nidaros Cathedral on the St. Olav Ways in Norway. In historical terms, the two are pretty equal. Both the Camino de Santiago and the St. Olav Ways are Christian pilgrimage routes dating back to the Middle Ages. Both involve buried saints and cathedrals, and both require an unwavering, superhero level of dedication....

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On The Golden Anniversary Of The National Trails System

Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 @ 9:19 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

On The Golden Anniversary Of The National Trails System

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act. Among his conservation credentials, President Lyndon Johnson voiced the significance of trails. In an address to Congress, President Johnson stated, “In the back country we need to copy the great Appalachian Trail in all parts of America, and to make full use of rights of way and other public paths.” The 1968 legislation established three trail classes in a national system: National Scenic Trails, National Recreation Trails, and Connecting and Side Trails. A decade later,...

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The Plan to Restore Hetch Hetchy

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 @ 11:56 am in Conservation | 0 comments

The Plan to Restore Hetch Hetchy

Numerous studies, including those by the National Park Service and the University of Wisconsin have confirmed that Hetch Hetchy Valley can be readily restored. The only questions are how much human intervention is desireable and to what degree should we let nature take its course. Removing some dams can be difficult, because sediment can build up behind them. This will not be a problem at Hetch Hetchy – there is little sediment behind the dam due to the granite rock of the Tuolumne watershed. The Tuolumne River would immediately return to its...

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A Beginner’s Guide to the National Wildlife Refuge System

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 @ 6:56 am in Conservation | 0 comments

A Beginner’s Guide to the National Wildlife Refuge System

The National Wildlife Refuge System is the largest and most diverse network of lands and waters dedicated to ensuring the long-term future of America’s rich fish and wildlife heritage. Think abundant wildlife, clean water, clean air and world-class recreation. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the lands and waters of the National Wildlife Refuge System fall mostly along the nation’s rivers, coasts and wetlands and across its heartland. But they also extend into deserts, forests, mountains, oceans and the Arctic. From the...

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Final hikers rescued from Indonesian volcano, after devastating earthquake

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 @ 12:25 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Final hikers rescued from Indonesian volcano, after devastating earthquake

More than 600 stranded hikers have been successfully rescued from Mount Rinjani on Indonesia’s Lombok Island, two days after a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the popular tourist destination. The final six hikers were brought down from the mountain this morning, confirmed National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, following a massive combined rescue effort involving almost 200 Indonesian police, military and medical personnel. The hikers had become trapped on the mountain’s numerous hiking routes...

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Return of the Ghost Cat

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 @ 6:37 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Return of the Ghost Cat

The photo is black and white. It’s 8:02 p.m., according to the timestamp at the bottom of the image. The flash of the game camera extends to a narrow strip of open dirt, worn with muddy boot prints, the deep tread of machinery—and cat tracks. Standing in the open, left of center, is a slender, fit mountain lion. It’s dark and the image is grainy, but it’s obvious the hind legs pushing the animal forward are tense with muscle. A tail drops straight away from behind them, curling gently before touching the ground, culminating with a black tip...

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These six species are about to be sacrificed for the oil and gas industry

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 @ 11:37 am in Conservation | 0 comments

These six species are about to be sacrificed for the oil and gas industry

Republicans in the western United States have been trying to whittle away the Endangered Species Act (ESA) since Donald Trump took office. Under new proposals, wildlife managers would limit protections for species designated as “threatened” (a level below endangered), consider the economic costs prior to defending a species, and de-emphasize long-term threats such as climate change. The proposals follow Republican bills and budget riders that would remove protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states, exempt the greater sage-grouse from...

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A Hemlock in the Town Square

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 @ 9:28 am in Conservation | 0 comments

A Hemlock in the Town Square

Throughout the eastern U.S., the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid is decimating hemlock populations. In nursery experiments on young trees, high levels of sunlight reduced the number of adelgids. Researchers are testing that hypothesis in the forest. If the experiment has positive effects, thinning the canopy could supplement other methods like pesticides and biocontrol. The experiment measures how the health of a hemlock tree changes when additional sunlight is introduced. For some of the hemlocks, all of the surrounding trees that shaded it...

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5 easy hikes to Atlanta’s hidden waterfalls

Posted by on Jul 29, 2018 @ 9:40 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

5 easy hikes to Atlanta’s hidden waterfalls

There’s just something simply beautiful, and beautifully simple, about a waterfall. Waterfalls are some of Georgia’s most beloved hiking destinations. Stunning cascades, like Amicalola Falls, stream down from towering mountaintops in North Georgia, drawing hikers by the masses. It’s amazing that water simply falling from rock can create so much beauty. But Atlanta’s rolling hills and tumbling creeks hold some hidden waterfalls, too. They might not be as large as their North Georgia counterparts, but they’re fully...

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