Environment

Is Your Waterproof Gear Toxic?

The Outdoor Industry ADDRESSES widespread carcinogenic compounds in its products  While many fans of the outdoors have been practicing Leave No Trace principles since before the non-profit was founded, they might be surprised and disappointed to learn how much of their favorite gear leaves trace amounts of perfluorocarbons (PFCs) that will remain in the environment…
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Outdoor Updates: Earthquakes in NC and TN on Sunday

Small earthquakes shook the ground in NC and TN on Sunday Did you feel the earth move beneath your feet in WNC last weekend? You may have experienced one of two small earthquakes that struck the region on Sunday. The first was a 2.2-magnitude quake near Greenville, TN, which struck about 3:30 a.m. Saturday night/…
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How Gorges was Saved

Lead photo by Brenda J. Wiley 20 years ago, Gorges became a state park instead of a hydroelectric dam, thanks to the efforts of one inspiring leader. Today, it’s still one of the most beautiful and best-kept secrets in Southern Appalachia. Bill Thomas, taking in the views at Gorges State Park, thought about what this…
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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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Court rules against pipeline developers in a win for residents of Union Hill, VA

Photo by Ellen Kanzinger Read more about the story of Union Hill, Va HERE On Tuesday, Virginia’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in a case that called into question the legality of placing a compressor station in the Union Hill neighborhood, home…
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