DuPont Forest – A History by Danny Bernstein

From Industrial Site to Outdoor Treasure DuPont Forest protects thousands of acres of trees, five lakes and more than one hundred miles of multi-use trails. It attracts hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers from all over the United States, and its six waterfalls have been featured in movies like The Hunger Games and The Last of the Mohicans. All of this natural beauty...

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Prana Stretch Zion Family of Hiking Pants

Nearly 20 years ago prAna changed the adventure and travel-wear world when they released their iconic Stretch Zion line of pants. They provide a combination of comfort, good looks, durability and versatility for anyone who loves the outdoors. Stretch Zion is a nylon fabric that can stand up to just about anything—it takes up very little luggage room and you can wear it...

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Out hiking? Here’s why you should leave those stones unstacked and those stacks untouched

Cairns are rock stacks that can serve as critical trail markers, and some carry cultural significance, as well. Others are purely decorative, built by visitors who enjoy designing these towers in nature, often for the sake of sharing images of delicately balanced stones on social media. Besides the fact that it violates the Leave No Trace program’s ethos that should be...

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A 500-mile hiking trail across Alaska? Advocates say the pandemic is a perfect time to start

Since the pandemic started, storefronts in towns around Alaska may have emptied, but trails? “They’re jammed with people, and that’s all the trails — trails up in the Chugach all the trails here in town,” said former Alaska Governor Tony Knowles, standing on the Coastal Trail near downtown Anchorage. Park use around Alaska is up over 150% since the start of the pandemic,...

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North Carolina Young Adults Work with Volunteers to Restore Black Mountain Crest Trail

  A Conservation Corps North Carolina (CCNC) crew of young adults worked with volunteers from the North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association to complete high priority trail work on the Black Mountain Crest Trail in the Nantahala National Forest. The CCNC crew consisted of five 18 to 24 year-old AmeriCorps Members led by a trained Crew Leader. The crew worked...

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Celebrate the Mountains-to-Sea Trail’s 43rd birthday during the month of September

Friends of the MST Has announced plans to celebrate the Mountains-to-Sea Trail’s 43rd birthday during the month of September. This year, four new challenges help hikers and trail friends celebrate in a socially responsible and safe way. The trail runs 1175 miles across North Carolina, from Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky National Park to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks,...

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USFS And CDC Issue Safe Hiking, Mountain Biking Guidelines For Virus

Hiking is a wonderful way to see and experience the many wonders of the nation’s forests. As summer transitions into fall, the weather and scenery this time of year provide near perfect hiking conditions. It is important to consider however, that the weather at higher elevations may be much colder, harsher and wetter, especially as the season changes. The best way...

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Virginia woman sets new Adirondack 46 High Peaks record

An athlete from Virginia has set a new women’s record for summitting all of the Adirondack 46 High Peaks. Alyssa Godesky finished her supported hike at the base of Giant Mountain a little after sunset on Thursday, clocking in at 3 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. Godesky began her journey at 4 am on Monday, August 17, 2020 near Tupper Lake. Over the next three and a...

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Costa Rica has doubled its tropical rainforests in just a few decades. Here’s how

Years of unchecked logging laid waste to two-thirds of Costa Rica’s tree canopy, leaving its tropical rainforests facing an uncertain future. But the trees have returned and the resurrected forests support a thriving eco-tourism industry. Towards the middle of the 20th century, indigenous woodland – predominantly tropical rainforest – covered all but a quarter of the...

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Celebrate the birth of the National Park Service with fee-free day August 25th

As a way to celebrate the 104th birthday of America’s National Parks System, parks will be open to the public free of charge on August 25, 2020. On Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, establishing the National Park Service as a bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for maintaining national parks and monuments. Today, the NPS...

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Woman hiking Colorado Trail to bring attention to diversity in the outdoors

The Colorado Trail runs from Waterton Canyon clear across the state to Durango – 485 miles of mountain passes and adventure that you certainly need to have a good reason to finish. Patricia Cameron has a reason. “I’m not doing it with the lightest gear, not doing it the fastest, but I’m still out here,” she said. Cameron is the executive director of a nonprofit called...

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With 900-mile challenge, hikers hope to raise $60K

  A pair of experienced Smokies hikers will soon embark on a 900-mile challenge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the goal of raising $60,000 for the park’s Preventative Search and Rescue program. Nancy “Seal Mom” East and Chris “Pacer” Ford plan to start their Tour de Smokies on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 and will catalog the journey on East’s blog...

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Hellbender Regional Trail aims to connect Transylvania to Buncombe to Madison by foot, bike

Picture this: Riding your bike to work from Henderson County to Asheville, safely, on a paved path protected from the roar and cars of highways I-26 and U.S. 25. Or walking on a wide, safe, tree-shaded greenway from Enka to Waynesville instead of driving on U.S. 19/23. Or actually mountain biking from downtown Asheville to the trails of Bent Creek Experimental Forest...

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Trump administration finalizes oil drilling plan in Alaska wildlife refuge

The Trump administration finalized a plan to allow oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, putting it on track to issue decades-long leases in the pristine wilderness area before a potential change in U.S. leadership. Presidential hopeful Joe Biden and green groups criticized the move as a giveaway to Big Oil that would harm the Arctic’s unique...

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Grizzly Creek Fire now largest in history of White River National Forest

Over the weekend, the Grizzly Creek Fire became the largest in the history of Colorado’s White River National Forest as far as acres burned. As of Sunday morning, the fire had burned 20,665 acres of national forest out of a total burn area of 25,690 acres in just six days, according to U.S. Forest Service data. The additional acres are on Bureau of Land Management...

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In the Alps, hikers on the trails and cows in the pasture make for perilous pairings

As the helicopter took off with the victim, Pfurtscheller learned that a 45-year-old hiker from Germany had been brutally assaulted, sustaining grievous injuries to her chest and heart. The farmer was well acquainted with her killers: Bea, Flower, Raven and his other cows. Across the Alps, such attacks once were a shocking rarity. No longer. Amid the sweeping economic...

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Interior Establishes Task Force To Develop Strategy For Tackling Maintenance Backlog

In less than two months Interior Department officials intend to have a plan for attacking the maintenance backlog across the public lands in the nation. Via a secretarial order a task force was created to look out across the National Park System, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands to determine a priority for...

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Explore this beautiful Canadian island on a new long-distance trail

Ten years in the making, British Columbia’s Vancouver Island Trail (VIT) is Canada’s newest long-distance trail. It cuts across the spine of Vancouver Island for 770km stretching from the regal city of Victoria in the south to jagged sea-stacks of Cape Scott in the north. Along the way, trail-users can immerse themselves in every facet of the island’s ecology and...

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Great Pieces of Gear for a Hiking Trip with Your Dog

Getting out and around the wilderness is great. Doing it with your dog is even better. And best of all? Taking the time to make sure that both of you are properly outfitted for both convenience and safety. You’ll be happy you did when it turns out you need the stuff. Hiking with your dog can be a wonderful experience, but you should definitely give a thought to the...

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A wildlife refuge under siege at the border

During the fall of 2019, the Department of Homeland Security began pumping large amounts of water from a southern Arizona aquifer to mix concrete for the Trump administration’s border wall. The aquifer is an essential water source for the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge, so when the pumping escalated, U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials watched helplessly as the...

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The Ultimate Rocky Mountain National Park Travel Guide

Awe-inspiring sights come easy to Rocky Mountain National Park. Elk gather in herds on the east side, while moose patrol the other. In between are bighorn sheep, mountain lions, and black bears. And that’s just the wildlife. The 265,807-acre park, located in northern Colorado, offers some of the best access to high-alpine terrain in the country, thanks to Trail Ridge...

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Outer Banks Forever announces new projects for Outer Banks national parks

Outer Banks Forever, the local nonprofit partner of the three national parks of the Outer Banks – Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial – has announced its new slate of projects and programs to protect and enhance these special places. Each project aims to enhance the park experience for locals and...

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Government officials adopt plan to expand Washington region trail network to 1,400 miles

The region’s top transportation board has endorsed a proposal for a network of trails stretching across the greater Washington region, from Frederick, Md., to Prince William County, Va., that would expand the amount of off-road bicycle and pedestrian pathways to 1,400 miles. The extensive trail system would more than double the size of the existing network by adding 755...

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This giant climate hot spot is robbing the West of its water

On New Year’s Day in 2018, Paul Kehmeier and his father drove up Grand Mesa until they got to the county line, 10,000 feet above sea level. Instead of the three to five feet of snow that should have been on the ground, there wasn’t enough of a dusting to even cover the grass. The men marveled at the sight, and Kehmeier snapped a photo of his dad, “standing on the bare...

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Italian homes evacuated over risk of Mont Blanc glacier collapse

Homes have been evacuated in Courmayeur in Italy’s Aosta valley, after a renewed warning that a huge portion of a Mont Blanc glacier is at risk of collapse. The measures were introduced after experts from the Fondazione Montagne Sicura (Safe Mountains Foundation) said 500,000 cubic metres of ice was in danger of sliding off the Planpincieux glacier on the Grandes...

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Garland man found safe after going missing for almost 4 days while hiking in South Carolina

The sheriff’s office in Oconee County, South Carolina, says a Garland man who went missing while hiking has been found safe. Richard Gonzalez was found before 11 a.m. August 6, 2020, and was being reunited with his family. He was on a hike earlier this week in South Carolina. The 27-year-old hadn’t been seen for almost four days after becoming separated from...

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Trouble on the Trails: Forest Service Grapples with Crowds, Trash and Human Waste

The coronavirus pandemic has drawn increasing crowds to the great outdoors, including many popular hiking trails, swimming holes and recreation areas in the White Mountains. But the burst in popularity has created new problems for the folks who manage New Hampshire’s national forest. The problem is the same throughout national forests in the United States. Tiffany...

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Billions for national parks as historic bill becomes law

After spending his presidency denying climate change, placing coal and oil industry officials in top environmental jobs, and weakening dozens of public health and wildlife rules, President Donald Trump reversed course and signed a historic law to pump billions of dollars into long-neglected repairs and upgrades at America’s national parks. The measure, known as the...

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