Environment

Farewell Cryosphere

Bleak future: During the winter of 2016-17 some resorts in Italy’s dolomites had as few as six snow days. As Snow droughts, or consecutive winters with less than one-quarter of the historical snowfall, become more prevalent across the planet due to climate change, ski areas will be forced to wind down operations. / Photo courtesy…
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Four Letters That Every Outdoor Adventurer Should Know

Now more than ever, politics is unpredictable. Partisanship trumps policy, watchdogs become lapdogs, and elected officials come and go faster than you can say quid pro quo. But there is one federal program that’s been around for over 50 years. It is the country’s most important conservation and recreation funding tool—yet probably fewer than 5…
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Asheville has become the first city in NC to declare a “climate emergency”

Asheville has become the first city in NC to declare a “climate emergency” After months of back-and-forth between Asheville city officials and climate activists, Asheville has become the first in the state to declare a “climate emergency” and set goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  In the resolution, the city commits to ending greenhouse gas…
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Blue Ridge Parkway wildlife cam captures Bobcat with meal in mouth

Blue Ridge Parkway wildlife cam captures Bobcat with meal in mouth A hungry bobcat was caught on a National Park Service infrared nighttime wildlife cam running with a rabbit clamped between its jaws. The National Park Service posted the video to its Facebook page with the caption, “When you grab the last cupcake from the…
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Outdoor Updates: Australian firefighters save a grove of prehistoric trees, of which only 200 remain

Australian firefighters save a grove of prehistoric trees, of which only 200 remain As wildfires rage across the continent of Australia, firefighters have managed to save a prehistoric grove of Wollemi Pine trees, which grow in a secret location within Wollemi National Park northwest of Sydney. The trees are thought to have existed during the…
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Outdoor Updates: Florida governor announces land purchase in Everglades to prevent drilling

Florida governor announces land purchase in Everglades to prevent drilling  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says that the state will buy 20,000 acres of land and spend as much as $18 million to prevent drilling in the Everglades. The land will be purchased from Kanter Real Estate LLC, which had obtained approval for exploratory oil wells…
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Outdoor Updates: 75 acres at “Tri-Corner” area preserved

North Carolina Division of Parks & Recreation begin to plan 100-mile Wilderness Gateway State Trail Trail planners at the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation are at work on a 100-mile hiking trail called the Wilderness Gateway State Trail that will connect Chimney Rock State Park with South Mountains State Park. There will also be…
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Outdoor Updates: National Park Service treated more than 230,000 acres of public land to reduce wildfire risk

In FY 2019 National Park Service treated more than 230,000 acres of public land to reduce wildfire risk The National Park Service announced that 230,308 acres of public land were treated in FY 2019 to reduce wildlife risks in the parks. Prescribed fire was used to treat nearly 207,000 acres, and an additional 24,000 acres…
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