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The author, on the trail at five. Taking kids camping is a great way to encourage them to explore the outdoors and connect with nature. (Photo: Mary Burnette)

Camping Traditions Provide Best Family Memories

6/14/2012 // By Mary Burnette

Camping comes in all styles but traditional camping trips are perhaps the most special. When I was young, my parents took me and my two older sisters for three weeks of backpacking in the high country of Yosemite every summer. Yosemite …

Ohio’s Steelhead and Walleye Left At Risk

6/4/2012 // By Marc Smith

Today, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill (press release) that fails to protect Lake Erie’s rivers and impairs our rights as hunters and anglers and the public’s use of waters within the Ohio Lake Erie Basin. (Marc Smith Testimony …

True, this cover DOES feature ducks...but not wildlfie. SI covers featuring the outdoors have almost disappeared since the 1950s. (flickr | Sports Illustrated)

Hey, Sports Illustrated: Why Doesn’t the Outdoors Count as ‘Sports’ Anymore? (Updated)

4/26/2012 // By Max Greenberg

Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated ‘photo vault’ archivist Andy Gray came across a curious cover from SI’s past: This week’s SI cover is out and it features … Seals in the Pacific. Oh wait, that was Feb. 1958. My bad. …

Dear Congress: More sturgeon, less pollution.

4/16/2012 // By Frank Szollosi

My Michigan colleague, Brenda Archambo, is on her way to testify before the U.S. Senate to help ensure that a 200-million-year-old fish species doesn’t get wiped out by smokestacks, mercury and carbon pollution. Archambo leads a conservation group focused on …

Ed Perry

A Great Fishery in Dire Straits

4/3/2012 // By NWF

In August 2005, my two sons and I embarked on our annual float down the Susquehanna River. Our family has been floating the river for over 25 years, camping on the islands, and wade-fishing for smallmouth bass. We’ve floated and fished most of the area from Sunbury down to Harrisburg.

Papaw with a nice string of Bass Eufala

GUEST POST: On Fishing, Family and Fighting for the Future

3/25/2012 // By Guest Author

Andy McDaniels is the National Sportsmen’s Outreach Coordinator for NWF’s Vanishing Paradise Campaign to restore the Mississippi River Delta. I am the past Executive Director for the Oklahoma Wildlife Federation, the Conservation Director of prostaff for Hard Core Brands and …

GUEST POST: Hooked on Fishing

3/23/2012 // By NWF

Blake is a freshman at the University of Central Oklahoma majoring in English education.  He grew up in Luther, a small town in central Oklahoma and has volunteered hundreds of hours for conservation organizations in Oklahoma. I can’t remember exactly …

The author, her mother and her grandfather.

Back to Our Roots: Connecting to the Outdoors Connects Me to Family

3/7/2012 // By Danielle Moodie-Mills

The brisk chill of the early mornings in Washington, D.C. before the city becomes occupied by thousands of footprints, beeping horns, and the air is tainted with smoke and smog makes me reminisce about the breaking dawns of my childhood—mornings …

An iceless lake in Bare Brook State Park

Guest Post: A Bare Bear Brook Park

2/28/2012 // By NWF

Eric Orff is a wildlife biologist. He retired from New Hampshire Fish and Game in 2007 after a 31 year career as a biologist. He currently is a consultant to the National Wildlife Federation and is the Merrimack County Fish …

Fishing the Penobscot

Guest Post: Sportsman Grateful to EPA for Reducing Mercury Pollution

12/23/2011 // By NWF

Ed Perry is an aquatic biologist who retired in 2002 after a 30-year career with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, where he supervised the section responsible for protecting streams and wetlands. Since 2007, has traveled across Pennsylvania as an …

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