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Outdoor Updates: Georgia preserves 2,000-acres for critically endangered species habitat

By Kim Dinan | 13 Dec 19
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Photo by Florida Fish and Wildlife of Gopher Tortoise Georgia preserves 2,000-acres for critically endangered species habitat The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Open Space Institute announced two land acquisitions in southeast Georgia on Wednesday. The first property secures important habitat for the restoration of rare species, including the extremely rare plant, the…

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Outdoor Updates: Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is named ‘Time’ Person of the Year

By Kim Dinan | 12 Dec 19
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Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is named ‘Time’ Person of the Year Swedish climate activist Great Thunberg, 16, is the youngest person to be named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Thunberg is leading a new generation in the fight against climate change, organizing school strikes and climate marches around the world. Time says they…

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Hiker Attacked by man with knife on A.T. Plans to Finish Her Thru-Hike

By Kim Dinan | 11 Dec 19
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Hiker attacked on Appalachian Trail plans to finish her thru-hike Kirby Morril, the hiker who was attacked by a man with a knife while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail earlier this year, has announced that she plans to return to the trail next year. In May, Morril was camping with three other thru-hikers when she and…

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Outdoor Updates: World-famous Victoria Falls dries to a trickle

By Kim Dinan | 10 Dec 19
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World-famous Victoria Falls dries to a trickle One of Zimbabwe’s most iconic natural features, 355-foot Victoria Falls, has slowed to a trickle following the country’s worst drought in a century. While the waterfall does typically slow in the dry season, The Guardian has described this year’s lack of water as “unprecedented.”  Water flow in the…

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Outdoor Updates: Hiker Survives 6-hour Cardiac Arrest

By Kim Dinan | 09 Dec 19
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A British hiker survives 6-hour cardiac arrest In what doctors are describing as an ‘exceptional’ case, a British woman hiking in Spain’s Pyrenees mountains survived a six-hour cardiac arrest caused by severe hypothermia. Audrey Mash, 34, was hiking with her husband in the Catalan Pyrenees when the weather turned. As temperatures dropped, Mash began having…

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Outdoor Updates: N.C. Governor urges action to protect red wolves

By Kim Dinan | 06 Dec 19
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N.C. Governor urges action to protect red wolves On November 22, N.C. Governor Roy Cooper sent a letter to David Bernhardt, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, urging the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to act immediately to rebuild and sustain a wild wolf population. The letter comes amidst declining rates…

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Outdoor Updates: Cold Mountain fire is now considered controlled

By Kim Dinan | 05 Dec 19
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Photo by: Tim Reaves Cold Mountain fire is now considered controlled After a rainy weekend in the mountains of Western North Carolina, the Cold Mountain fire, which began burning on November 21 in the Shining Rock Wilderness area, is under control. All of the trails in Shining Rock Wilderness area, including the trail that leads to…

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Outdoor Updates: Human skull found near popular hiking area in Arkansas

By Kim Dinan | 04 Dec 19
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Human skull found near popular hiking area in Arkansas A human skull has been found on U.S. Forest Service land near a popular hiking trail in Arkansas. A local resident found the skull in the Sam’s Throne area near Mount Judea in Newton County, Arkansas. The location is near where Pamela Samuels-Lauro’s vehicle was found…

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Outdoor Updates: 2020 Pennsylvania fishing licenses are now on sale

By Kim Dinan | 03 Dec 19
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2020 Pennsylvania fishing licenses are now on sale Have you already set your sights on the 2020 fishing season (or are you looking for a holiday gift for the angler in your life)? Pennsylvania fishing licenses for 2020 went on sale on December 1. All 2020 fishing licenses purchased in December are valid for 13…

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Outdoor Updates: Hiker from Viral Spinning Gurney Video Sues

By Kim Dinan | 02 Dec 19
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Hiker whose rescue gurney spun out of control sues for $2 million A hiker who was airlifted to safety is suing the City of Phoenix for $2 million after the gurney carrying her spun out of control. Katalin Metro, 74, tripped while hiking back in June. The fall caused her to become disoriented and emergency…

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Outdoor Updates: Free Black Friday Hiking

By Kim Dinan | 29 Nov 19
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Tennessee State Parks offer free hiking on Black Friday The Friday after Thanksgiving is generally known as a day to shop. But in an effort to encourage residents to #optoutside, Tennessee state parks are offering free guided hikes on Black Friday. Angelo Giansante, Park Manager at Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park, told WRCBtv that the hikes cover,…

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World-Renowned Climber Survives Fall on El Capitan with the help of Alex Honnold

By Shannon McGowan | 27 Nov 19
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World-renowned climber Emily Harrington, 33, suffered serious injuries after a terrifying fall on Yosemite’s El Capitan on Sunday. Based on where and how she fell, the biggest concern was serious spinal injuries The section is a 3,200-foot, almost-sheer granite wall, the same one Alex Honnold free solo climbed in “Free Solo” in 2017. Honnold was…

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Outdoor Updates: Hiker Found Dead on PA Hiking Trail Ruled Homicide

By Kim Dinan | 27 Nov 19
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Death of woman found on PA hiking trail in 2016 ruled a homicide The Cambria County, PA coroner’s office has ruled the death of a 26-year-old woman found on the Honan Avenue hiking trail in Johnstown, PA to be a homicide. Hikers found the body of Kaylene Roedel of Blairsville on August 7, 2016. The…

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Outdoor Updates: Trump sends park rangers to patrol U.S. border

By Kim Dinan | 26 Nov 19
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Trump sends park rangers to patrol U.S. border The Trump administration has ordered park rangers from national parks around the country, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park, to temporarily relocate to Arizona and Texas to patrol the U.S. border. The move comes as the House of Representatives declined to fund President Trump’s $5 billion border…

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Outdoor Updates: Jake Burton Carpenter, the father of snowboarding, dies at age 65

By Kim Dinan | 25 Nov 19
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Photo of Jake Burton Carpenter tweeted by Burton Snowboards Jake Burton Carpenter, the father of snowboarding, dies at age 65 Jake Burton Carpenter, the founder of Burton Snowboards has died, officials from this company announced on Thursday. Carpenter fought testicular cancer in 2011 and told employees just this month that the cancer had returned. Carpenter…

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