South Carolina considers shutting Bald Rock Heritage Preserve because of graffiti

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South Carolina considers shutting Bald Rock Heritage Preserve because of graffiti (photo of Bald Rock Heritage Preserve from Getty Images)

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says they are considering keeping Bald Rock Heritage Preserve in Greenville County closed permanently if people don’t stop painting graffiti on the rocks. The closure would be a last-ditch measure, spokesperson Greg Lewis said, but it is being considered.

Officials are asking the public to report any illegal activity at the preserve. “Hopefully if the public gets involved and can help report the acts of vandalism that have happened… we’ll be able to keep it and let folks who love it enjoy it,” Lucas said. 

Oboz Footwear launches new podcast featuring gear and hiking experts

Does your podcast rotation need a boost? Oboz Footwear is launching a new podcast called True to the Trail, which will explore the beauty and power of the outdoors. “Storytelling has always been central to our brand and the podcast gives us a platform to share the stories of Oboz’s partners, friends, and staff,” said podcast host Rich Hohne.

The first podcast episode features a conversation with John Leary, Executive Director of Trees for the Future, an organization focused on helping end hunger and extreme poverty for rural African farmers through the revival of the forest garden. 

Cows are wearing face masks now, too, but not because of the coronavirus

Wearing face masks has become a part of our new normal… but we’re not the only animals in on the act. A startup in the U.K. has designed face masks for cows, but these masks have nothing to do with the global pandemic. Instead, their role is to help prevent climate change.

A company called Zelp Ltd., has developed masks for cows that may reduce their methane emissions by up to 60%. Cows produce methane when they burp, thanks to the way their digestive systems break down the grasses and hay they eat. While a few cow burps may not seem significant, the 1.5 billion cows on the planet are estimated to produce as much as 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

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