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The 7 national trails of the Pacific Northwest

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 @ 11:42 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The 7 national trails of the Pacific Northwest

There are a ton of trails in the Pacific Northwest, but only a select few have earned the honor of being designated as national trails. From thru-hikes to road trip routes, all are part of the National Trails System, created by Congress in 1968 to “promote the preservation of, public access to, travel within, and enjoyment and appreciation of the open-air, outdoor areas and historic resources of the Nation.” The act established three categories of national trails: National Scenic Trails, National Historic Trails and National Recreation...

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Hiking in Croatia: How to Master Some of the World’s Rarest Views

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 @ 6:51 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking in Croatia: How to Master Some of the World’s Rarest Views

The Velebit Hiking Trail or Velebitski planinarski put (VPP), is open throughout the year, though heavy snowfall makes winter trekking unwise. Prime hiking season is typically from May to October. The markings are the typical European red-white-red stripes or a red circle with white center. The initials VPP often accompanies marking at trailheads. Because hiking can be slow, the trail is best attempted in eight or nine days at around 10 miles a day. Finally, water is always a top priority on Velebit. Check with ranger stations about the...

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Tips to stay safe while hiking in the mountains

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018 @ 12:47 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking can also be dangerous and occasionally deadly if not properly prepared, especially in the mountains. The weather can change at a moment’s notice or you can fall and hurt yourself. That’s why it’s vitally important to be prepared for anything, even when out on a short hike. A map and compass are just two of the ten essentials for safe hiking. Other items include extra water and a first aid kit. If you get lost or become injured and cannot move, a personal locator beacon uses satellites and GPS to send an emergency message to search and...

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Wilderness boost: Why hiking does wonders for your mind and body

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018 @ 6:57 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Wilderness boost: Why hiking does wonders for your mind and body

  If you’ve ever had to catch your breath on an uphill stretch of trail or if your legs have felt sore after a hike, you know that hiking is a workout. You’ve also likely experienced some of the health benefits of hiking: improved cardiovascular performance, more endurance, stronger muscles and a better mood. While many people hike simply for the enjoyment of it, there is no denying how beneficial a walk through the woods can be for your physical health. In an age of trendy fitness studios, high-tech workout trackers and expensive...

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National Forest Foundation launches ambitious effort to plant 50 million trees

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 @ 12:06 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

National Forest Foundation launches ambitious effort to plant 50 million trees

On Earth Day 2018, April 22nd, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) launched an ambitious campaign to plant 50 million trees on America’s National Forests. The NFF initiated this effort to address the increasing reforestation needs on our National Forests. Many Americans are unaware that an estimated one million acres of National Forests need reforestation. Every year, wildfire, insects and disease take their toll on these treasured public lands. The campaign calls attention to this issue and invites Americans to make a difference....

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Hiking the Garden of Eden – The Alpe Adria Trail, Slovenia

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 @ 9:30 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking the Garden of Eden – The Alpe Adria Trail, Slovenia

From the moment you touch down in Ljubljana, Slovenia you know you’re about to experience a land of the Gods. Rich green fields spread as far as the eye can see, only broken by a spattering of wild flowers like the sprinkles on a cake. The depth and lusciousness of these fields reduce remind one childhood, and feeling a primal urge to prance through them like fields in the Sound of Music. This is the Alpe Adria Trail, which leads from the eternal ice glacier on the Grossglockner, to the azure blue of the Adriatic Sea – a journey of...

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Women Hiking Solo: Staying Savvy and Safe

Posted by on Apr 22, 2018 @ 12:01 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Women Hiking Solo: Staying Savvy and Safe

Regardless of gender, as a solo hiker there are daunting factors: If you injure yourself or encounter a dangerous wild animal you’re bereft of support. Yet, as a female solo hiker, the prospect of unwanted attention (or worse) whilst wandering in the wild can add an eerie element to a trek. Perhaps potential female hikers are even deterred from treading onto the trail; after all, extensive sections can be remote, and a quick internet search may produce sinister stories about lone female hikers. However, badass athletes such as Sunny Stroeer...

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The cloud forest in our backyard

Posted by on Apr 22, 2018 @ 6:52 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

The cloud forest in our backyard

On some mornings, the mountains across our valley radiate in the dawn light, but frequently they are coyly veiled by clouds. These are the highest peaks in the East — ancient mountains, among the oldest on the continent — and a tattered shawl of dark forest drapes over the ridge and its craggy shoulders. This high-elevation dark green forest is one of Western North Carolina’s unique natural features, the Southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest. This plant community was once ranked as the second-most endangered ecosystems in America and is...

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Hiking rescues increase in Southern California; could social media be to blame?

Posted by on Apr 21, 2018 @ 11:56 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking rescues increase in Southern California; could social media be to blame?

As the weather warms up, more people will head outdoors to hiking spots throughout Southern California and elsewhere. However, more people outdoors means more mountain rescues. “Last year our eight-volunteer Search and Rescue teams had a record 684 missions. In 2016, we had 593 and there has been a fairly steady rise over the last few years,” said Mike Leum, assistant director of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the department’s SAR group leader. Other departments in the region saw a similar increase in rescues. In 2016, Orange...

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Study: Hiking Makes You Happier

Posted by on Apr 21, 2018 @ 7:13 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Study: Hiking Makes You Happier

British and American scientists have published new research showing that group nature walks help us combat stress while boosting mental well-being. Researchers from the University of Michigan and Edge Hill University in England evaluated 1,991 participants in England’s Walking for Health program, which hosts nearly 3,000 walks per week for more than 70,000 regular participants. They found that the nature walks were associated with significantly less depression in addition to mitigating the negative effects of stressful life events and...

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Why the Trump administration wants to open ANWR to drilling so quickly

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 @ 12:39 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

Why the Trump administration wants to open ANWR to drilling so quickly

At the end of last year, President Trump and Congress officially gave the green light to oil and natural gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). For Alaskan lawmakers, the inclusion of a drilling provision in the GOP tax bill was a victorious end to a nearly 40-year struggle to develop parts of the resource-rich refuge. But lifting the decades-old ban on fossil-fuel development in the refuge, it turns out, is just the start of a scramble to actually erect rigs into the air and get drills into the ground. With control of...

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What does it take to hike the entire Appalachian Trail?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 @ 8:17 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

What does it take to hike the entire Appalachian Trail?

Itching for adventure and seeking a break from their D.C. jobs, Elise Mann and Will Stowe figured it was time to go for a walk. In 2015, that’s exactly what the couple did, hiking roughly 2,190 miles from Georgia to Maine through woods and mountains, snow and rain on the Appalachian Trail. It took 146 days, four pairs of hiking boots each and more nonperishable food than either wants to think about, but the couple became two of the approximately 19,000 in history who have “thru-hiked” the trail, meaning they completed the entire length on...

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Bill to Link Minnesota Hiking Trails to National Route Advances in US House

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 @ 12:24 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Bill to Link Minnesota Hiking Trails to National Route Advances in US House

Legislation to declare several hiking trails in the Northland to be part of the North Country National Scenic Trail has passed a U.S. House committee. The bill from Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) would incorporate the Superior Hiking Trail, Border Route Trail, and the Kekekabic Trail into the national trail. The move would add 400 miles to the national trail, bringing it to 4,600 miles. The bill, H.R. 1026, received unanimous approval by the House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday and now advances to the full House for consideration. No...

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How to Clean Hiking Boots – A Quick Guide

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 @ 6:46 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

How to Clean Hiking Boots – A Quick Guide

  If your hiking boots are as clean as a whistle, without a scuff or a scratch or a hint of dirt to be seen, then you’re doing it wrong. Hiking boots should only look pristine when they are brand new and have never once been worn on the trail. After that, every scrape and stain on those boots is a badge of honor. While it’s fine for your hiking boots to look worn, it’s not OK for them to actually be dirty, at least not after each trek has ended. Leaving boots damp, soiled with mud, or caked in dirt can lead to damage over time — the...

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Free entrance to all national parks is Saturday to kickoff National Park Week

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 @ 12:14 pm in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Free entrance to all national parks is Saturday to kickoff National Park Week

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced its kicking off National Park Week with free entrance to all national parks on Saturday, April 21, 2018. For one week each April, Interior joins with the National Park Foundation to celebrate America’s public lands. The theme for National Park Week is “Park Stars,” which celebrates everything from starry skies to park features and resources. Parks across nationwide are hosting a variety of programs and events. Dates below are additional commemorative occasions: April 21: A Fee Free Day...

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Top Cincinnati Hiking Destinations

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 @ 6:41 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Top Cincinnati Hiking Destinations

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends 87 percent of their life indoors and another 6 percent in cars. That means humans are only outside for roughly 7 percent of their lives — a disheartening statistic. But you can buck that trend: Greater Cincinnati, Ohio is home to a myriad of free parks with their own unique vibe. And, if you need another reason to step outside, the outdoors increases serotonin levels and gives your immune system a boost — it’s a natural energizer. Got a dog? Walk it. Have kids? Tire...

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Anti-gay bias lead to deadly shooting on Appalachian Trail in 1988

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 @ 11:56 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Anti-gay bias lead to deadly shooting on Appalachian Trail in 1988

Maybe they should have looked more closely at the name of the place where they parked… Dead Woman Hollow Road. But bad omens were not on their minds. All they knew on that warm spring afternoon, May 12, 1988, was that they were young, in love, and eager to be alone in the wilderness, hiking the Appalachian Trail. They were also both women, a fact that would later lead to tragedy. Rebecca Wight, 28, and Claudia Brenner, 29, were graduate students who had been together for two years. In a break between classes, they decided to go for a...

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Public comment sought on trail improvement plan for Pisgah National Forest

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 @ 6:42 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Public comment sought on trail improvement plan for Pisgah National Forest

Popular trails in the Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wilderness along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Haywood County, North Carolina are included in a trail improvement plan for the Pisgah National Forest. “Each year, several million visitors come to experience the natural beauty and rich history of the Pisgah,” said Dave Casey, the head ranger for the Pisgah district of the Pisgah National Forest. The Pisgah district has 380 miles of trails that “are well- loved by locals,” but have also become a national travel destination, said Casey. The...

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Planning a spring hike? Step carefully when it’s muddy so you don’t damage trails, habitat

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 @ 12:37 pm in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Planning a spring hike? Step carefully when it’s muddy so you don’t damage trails, habitat

The welcome arrival of spring weather will undoubtedly encourage outdoor enthusiasts to take advantage by hitting the many trails in their surrounding communities. It’s a great time of year to see colorful wildflowers blooming in the desert, before the arrival of rattlesnakes and the stifling summer heat, or spring ephemerals that blossom before the greening of the forests. More people means more stress on a trail, making it more important than ever to know how to take care of them, particularly when they’re muddy from rainstorms and melting...

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Tips and Tricks for Visiting 26 National Parks, Straight From Park Employees

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 @ 7:13 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Tips and Tricks for Visiting 26 National Parks, Straight From Park Employees

Each of the National Park Service’s 417 locations, from national parks and monuments, has unique sights and activities — that can be best appreciated with a few insider tips. For example, a hidden gem at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan is Port Oneida Rural Historic District, which is filled with turn-of-the-century farmhouses, beautiful views of Lake Michigan, and secluded beaches. Nothing compares to the jaw-dropping beauty of watching the sun rise over the Kilauea Caldera from the Jaggar Museum overlook at Hawai’i...

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Get outdoors with a hike in North Central West Virginia

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 @ 11:56 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Get outdoors with a hike in North Central West Virginia

North Central West Virginia is known for world-class hiking for every skill level. There are a number of picturesque trails winding through forest, across ridge lines or to peaks with stunning views of the surrounding hills. Rail trail systems exist in many West Virginia counties, including Harrison and Marion. At Prickett’s Fort State Park, the rail trail goes through the Meredith Tunnel. This site is perfect for hikers who are also history buffs, as the park features a reconstruction of the fort that served as a place of refuge in colonial...

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Drilling, one mile outside Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 @ 6:35 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Drilling, one mile outside Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes

Since President Donald Trump was sworn into office last year, the administration has used its “energy dominance” agenda to require states to conduct quarterly sales on public lands across the West. As a result, the Bureau of Land Management is on track to double the acreage open for leasing in 2018, compared to 2017, in six Western states. This September, 11 parcels totaling 18,358 acres located less than a mile from Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in south-central Colorado will be up for an online auction, adding to the Interior...

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Closed Oregon Trails In Columbia River Gorge Jam Trailheads On Washington Side

Posted by on Apr 14, 2018 @ 12:19 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Closed Oregon Trails In Columbia River Gorge Jam Trailheads On Washington Side

More than 30 popular hiking trails on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge remain closed because of hazards left in the wake of last year’s Eagle Creek wildfire. That has park rangers wrangling crowds on the unburned Washington side of the Gorge. Unsafe conditions will likely keep many trails on the Oregon side of the western Gorge closed until this summer or fall. The fire closure area covers terrain between Troutdale and Wyeth, including about 135 miles of trails. The Eagle Creek fire was extinguished last autumn, but...

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5 great places for spring hiking in upstate New York

Posted by on Apr 14, 2018 @ 7:10 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

5 great places for spring hiking in upstate New York

With warmer weather finally on its way, hiking can be a great way to break a months-long spell of cabin fever and catch some springtime scenery. Luckily, the Southern Tier offers a variety of hikes that range in length and difficulty, providing outdoors enthusiasts of all ability levels with the chance to view blossoming flowers, chirping birds and flowing streams. Hikers should have safety at the top of their minds in any season, but spring can be particularly challenging because of varying weather conditions. It’s common to encounter wet or...

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Reckoning with History: The parks have been fixed before

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 @ 12:08 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

Reckoning with History: The parks have been fixed before

When the Great Depression and World War II concluded, the national park system was in disarray. The extractive industry sought greater access to resources, such as timber in Olympic National Park, while bureaucrats eyed sites for future dams, including in Dinosaur National Monument. Most importantly, the park system was growing as new units were added and more visitors came. Costs accumulated, but congressional appropriations did not keep pace. By the late 1940s, the writer Bernard DeVoto was sounding the alarm about the parks’ “alarming...

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White House Abruptly Orders EPA To Loosen Clean Air Rules In Polluter Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 @ 7:13 am in Conservation | 0 comments

White House Abruptly Orders EPA To Loosen Clean Air Rules In Polluter Giveaway

With little notice, President Donald Trump ordered the Environmental Protection Agency on April 12, 2018 to dramatically overhaul national clean air standards and make it easier for industry to pollute in areas where it’s already dangerous to breathe. The executive order puts poor communities and people of color particularly at risk. The executive order ― titled “Promoting Domestic Manufacturing and Job Creation ― Policies and Procedures Relating to Implementation of Air Quality Standards” ― reverses an Obama-era decision. The 2015 decision...

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Inspector General: Zinke’s Reassignment Of Native Americans And Climate Scientists Possibly Illegal

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 @ 11:57 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Inspector General: Zinke’s Reassignment Of Native Americans And Climate Scientists Possibly Illegal

The reassignment of dozens of senior career Interior Department (DOI) officials last year may have violated federal law, a damning internal report released April 11, 2018 found. But investigators with the DOI Inspector General’s office said they were unable to say definitively because the agency failed to properly document their reasons for ousting the employees. “Absent documentation, we could not independently determine whether or not the ERB complied with the Federal legal requirements,” said the report, referring to a board made up of...

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Greenland’s ice is melting much faster than we thought. Here’s why that’s scary.

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 @ 6:31 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Greenland’s ice is melting much faster than we thought. Here’s why that’s scary.

Our planet is warming and its cryosphere — Earth’s frozen regions — is melting. This we know. The Arctic, in particular, is warming at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the planet. And this winter, the sheet of Arctic sea ice that grows and shrinks in an annual cycle was at its second lowest extent since scientists began measuring it with satellites. But the ice that floats in the ocean is far from the only ice in the Arctic scientists track closely to understand the effects and impacts of climate change. The island of Greenland, population...

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Volunteers take on historic effort to sign the Continental Divide Trail

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 @ 12:11 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Volunteers take on historic effort to sign the Continental Divide Trail

  It can be hard to find your way along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT), which runs from Mexico to Canada along the spine of the Rocky Mountains. The trail is completely unmarked in some sections and, in others, blown-down trees and bleaching from the sun have made the existing trail markers, or “blazes,” difficult to spot. But, this year, in honor of the trail’s 40th anniversary, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) is trying to change that. “The CDT is an incredible natural and recreational resource...

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Rainbow Falls Trail Project Continues on Mt. LeConte

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 @ 6:54 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Rainbow Falls Trail Project Continues on Mt. LeConte

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the second phase of a 2-year trail rehabilitation project will begin Monday, April 16 on the popular Rainbow Falls Trail. The trail will be closed April 16, 2018 through November 15, 2018 on Monday mornings at 7:00 a.m through Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. weekly. Due to the construction process on the narrow trail, a full closure is necessary for the safety of both the crew and visitors. The trail will be fully open each week on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and on federal...

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The Future Is the Car-Free National Park

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 @ 12:40 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

The Future Is the Car-Free National Park

Lately we’ve heard a lot from the bureaucrats at the National Park Service about a looming budget crisis. They urgently need $12 billion for maintenance of roads, bridges, visitor centers, trails, and campgrounds worn thin by an enormous increase in visitation. In 2015, the Park Service logged 300 million visitors, the most in its recorded history. The number rose to 330 million in 2016 and stayed there during 2017. Overcrowding on the trails, congestion on the roads, tourists aghast at being packed together—this is the new norm on a planet...

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Please Don’t Stack Rocks

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 @ 12:17 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

Please Don’t Stack Rocks

“Cairns,” Gaelic for “heap of stones” seems to be the new creek art. Surely when you’ve been out on a streamside hike in recent years you’ve noticed a pile or two of someone’s creative intrusion. These temporary natural installations may be an expression of patience and balance to the ego of the builder, but to some naturalists who practice “Leave No Trace” ethics, it is often seen as nothing more than evidence left behind that the environment was disturbed by a human intrusion, natural graffiti, and vandalism of habitat....

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Reaching the Pinnacle: Hiking the Ouachita National Recreation Trail in Arkansas

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 @ 9:14 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Reaching the Pinnacle: Hiking the Ouachita National Recreation Trail in Arkansas

Most Oklahoma hikers are acquainted with the bi-state Ouachita National Recreation Trail’s scenic 46 miles of outdoor adventure in southeastern Oklahoma, which roughly parallels the scenic Talimena Drive roadway. Lesser known to Sooner hikers, the trail’s eastern terminus near striking Pinnacle Mountain in central Arkansas provides a trove of hiking fun and scenery on a weekend road trip. About 15 miles northwest of downtown Little Rock, the visitor center at Pinnacle Mountain State Park is well stocked with free maps and...

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Public can weigh in on proposed improvements to Pacific Northwest Trail

Posted by on Apr 8, 2018 @ 12:08 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Public can weigh in on proposed improvements to Pacific Northwest Trail

After traversing Montana, Idaho and the North Cascades, hikers on the Pacific Northwest Trail pass through Whatcom and Skagit counties on their way to the Washington coast. Pacific Northwest Trail Association Executive Director Jeff Kish said in this area the trail could use some improvements and that now is the time for the public to get involved. The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and the state Department of Natural Resources are each planning how to manage land in Whatcom County where the trail association has proposed changes to...

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