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HUNT Act Would Open Locked Public Lands

8/1/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Recreating outdoors—whether you fish, hunt, hike, camp, or all of the above—is not only a ton of fun, it’s also good for you. There is considerable evidence the exercise involved with these activities, coupled with the de-stressing benefits of being […] Read more >

Hiking, backpacking, camping, and fishing are just a few of the many values enjoyed by visitors to Western public lands like Colorado's Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. (Photo by Russell Bassett)

Time to Go On Offense to Protect Our Cherished Public Lands

6/30/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Unlike most every other country, America has a huge backyard. The federal public lands of the western United States are the equivalent of a giant commons that everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re a New Englander sightseeing in the Grand Canyon […] Read more >

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Easy Ways To Celebrate June As Great Outdoors Month

5/28/2014 // By Kevin Coyle

The old song goes: “June is busting out all over.” And, for families and kids, that can also mean busting outdoors into nature and having fun. Each June, an impressive collection of organizations, agencies and companies work together to galvanize […] Read more >

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Winter Hiking for Kids: Creating Memories in the Snow

1/25/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Kristen Laine. It was as a young adult that Yemaya Maurer, coauthor of AMC Guide to Winter Hiking & Camping, became aware of the pleasures of traveling through a winter landscape and mourned a childhood that hadn’t included […] Read more >

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For Public Lands, the Shutdown is About more than National Parks

10/10/2013 // By Ann Morgan

Closing the National Parks, museums and monuments to the recreating public and closing National Wildlife Refuges to hunters during the fall hunting season has gotten the public’s attention and resulted in calls for some parts of the government to be […] Read more >

These bison near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming are among the wildlife dependent on public lands. Photo by Ann Morgan

National Public Lands Day Is a Chance to Honor a Great American Legacy

9/25/2013 // By Ann Morgan

National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 28, is a great opportunity for those of us who enjoy the ability to hike, fish, hunt, and explore America’s great treasure of public lands to give back.  In fact, more than 175,000 Americans […] Read more >

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Mother’s Day Mishaps: Perfection in Nature is Boring

5/12/2013 // By Dani Tinker

As I thought about Mother’s Day this year, I recounted the wonderful memories I have outdoors with my mom. A pattern quickly emerged. My favorite experiences involve some level of imperfection, and that’s exactly what makes them special. Here’s a […] Read more >

Celebrate July 4th with a Charming Weekend Getaway

7/3/2012 // By Jaime Matyas

I am a fan of the long weekend. So much is possible when the weekend consists of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I recently escaped the bustle, humidity and partisanship in Washington, D.C. and drove north beyond Philadelphia to the neighboring […] Read more >

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep In Jeopardy

12/9/2011 // By Bentley Johnson

Every summer I travel to my grandparents cabin on Wild Horse Islandon Flathead Lake near Missoula, Montana.  My grandparents purchased their property back in the 1970s (and have the burnt orange shag to prove it), but since then the Island […] Read more >

Adventures Above the Clouds

10/25/2011 // By Bryn Fluharty

The fall weather is setting in here in Seattle, with its changing leaves and cool, rainy days. As this happens I find it necessary to escape the clouds when possible and get out into the sun. One fun way to […] Read more >