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The Economics of Public Lands

8/18/2014 // By Frank Sturges

The over 640 million acres of federal public land benefit wildlife, recreation enthusiasts, and local residents every single day. They provide wildlife habitat, drinking water, and opportunities to challenge ourselves in the outdoors. Despite these many values, some state legislatures …

Fish kills, like this one in Illinois' Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, can result from hypoxia, or oxygen depletion, a common cause of which is algal blooms.  NOAA photo

For the Love of Fish: The Problems of Blooming Algae and Mass Death at Sea

8/11/2014 // By Russell Bassett

The current blue-green algal bloom in Lake Erie that forced the city of Toledo to not have drinking water for several days and the massive red-tide algal bloom off Florida’s Coast that has already killed thousands of marine animals has put a much-needed …

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Supporters far Outnumber Opponents at EPA Clean Power Plan Hearings

8/1/2014 // By Lena Moffitt

Today concludes an exciting four days of public hearings in Denver, D.C., Atlanta and Pittsburgh on EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The hearings included two full days of testimony, rallies, press conferences, marches, play-ins, round-tables and free ice cream at each of …

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Weekly News Roundup: California Mountain Lions are Winning and more

8/1/2014 // By Linda Argueta

The pursuit of a new wildlife crossing in Los Angeles is in the works thanks to the combined effort of the National Wildlife Federation, California Department of Transportation and our affiliate the Santa Monica Mountains Fund. The crossing would connect …

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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 …

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National Forests Support Recreation Economy

7/23/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Every year, over 160 million visitors head to our National Forests and Grasslands. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts contribute more to the economy than anything else the U.S. Forest Service does—more even than timber, grazing, and mineral development combined. Tapping our public lands …

Bill Dvorak, in the green shirt to the left, took Sen. Mark Udall, front right, on a river trip through Browns Canyon over the Fourth of July holiday. Photo by Luke Dvorak

Coloradans Want Browns Canyon to be the Next National Monument

7/22/2014 // By Judith Kohler

For Bill Dvorak, permanent protection for southern Colorado’s Browns Canyon has been a long time coming. Dvorak is the National Wildlife Federation’s public lands organizer in Colorado He’s also one of the best-known outfitters in the state and has been leading …

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How to Get Kids Hooked on Fishing and Create Future Conservationists

7/15/2014 // By Russell Bassett

For many good reasons, fishing is one of the country’s most popular pastime activities, with roughly 50 million Americans pursuing hundreds of different fish species on countless different waterbodies each year. The sport of angling offers excellent opportunities to strengthen family bonds …

Take a Stand for Public Lands

7/2/2014 // By Nic Callero

  This is the time of year when I spend my weekends in the National Forest on Oregon’s north coast. I am in search of elk. Come November, Oregon’s western rifle season is a mere four days in length, which …

Sportsmen, especially those that duck hunt and fish, are a vitally important voice that must be engaged to enact the proposed Clean Water Act rule.  Photo by Steve Woodruff (NWF Staff)

Stand with Sportsmen and Conservationists for Clean Water

7/1/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Whether you’re an angler, hunter or wildlife viewer — or, perhaps like many of us, are all three — you understand the importance of watery habitats for wildlife.  These habitats not only include the obvious, such as larger rivers and …

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