ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A burn ban was ordered Tuesday over a wide swath of Alaska as firefighters battle dozens of wildfires in the arid state.
BETHEL, Maine (AP) — A group of nonprofits in Maine purchased several hundred acres of forestland as part of a larger conservation area that will result in a vast network of trails and open land...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Most state beaches in Rhode Island are now open.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says Saturday is the traditional start of the summer outdoor...
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Mercury News & East Bay Times on the need for California to invest more in state parks:
California needs a vision for its state parks that provides the next generation of...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Department of Environmental Conservation plans to celebrate "Outdoors Day" by offering free events at its facilities across the state.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation providing $26 million for land purchases and outdoor recreation projects.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The threat of falling trees brought on by insects and exacerbated by climate warming will close two Alaska state campgrounds this summer.
Group sues to prohibit Mount St. Helens’ drilling
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A conservation group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management over the agencies' decision to allow exploratory drilling near the...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will seek out a bigger share of the nation's outdoor recreation economy by creating a special division dedicated to expanding the state's foothold in the lucrative...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a wide-ranging public lands bill Tuesday that creates five new national monuments and expands several national parks.
Groups push for $95 million bond for land protection
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Conservation and outdoor recreation groups are pushing Maine lawmakers to support a $95 million bond proposal for land protection and the state parks system.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Lake Frances, a once idyllic spot that deteriorated into a decades-long nightmare on the Illinois River, could return to glory as a top Oklahoma outdoor recreation...
Congress approves major public lands, conservation bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — A wide-ranging bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments...
Iowa may get first ‘agrihood’ in small town near Des Moines
CUMMING, Iowa (AP) — Steve Bruere asks if he should dress like a farmer or a developer when he meets up with a photographer.
The 38-year-old is joking. He rarely strays far from an...
Senate backs major public lands, conservation bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday approved a major public lands bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments.
Sen. Bennet, Rep. Neguse plan measure to protect state land
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse are planning to introduce a measure that looks to protect about 625 square miles (1,620 square kilometers) of Colorado land.
Officials: Proposed skatepark may cost additional $80K
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Officials in a Vermont municipality say a proposed skatepark could cost up to $80,000 more than expected.
New Hampshire expected to see more visitors this winter
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire tourism officials are anticipating that upward of 2.5 million travelers will spend just over $1 billion dollars in the state this winter.
The projections released Friday from the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development would be about a 3 percent increases in both visitation and spending compared to last winter.
Purdue report: Climate change will impact Indiana tourism
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A new report says Indiana's tourism and recreation industry will have to adjust as climate change makes the state warmer and wetter in the coming decades.
Monday's report by Purdue University's Climate Change Resource Center is the center's latest analysis of how climate change will impact Indiana.
Lawmakers work on fix after conservation fund lapses
WASHINGTON (AP) — A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it.
Lawmakers from both parties back the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but the program lapsed Monday amid dispute over whether its renewal should be part of a broader package of land-use and parks bills.
A Senate committee approved a bill on Tuesday to permanently reauthorize the fund and ensure it is fully paid for.
15-person Bears Ears committee has 2 spots for tribes
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 15-person advisory committee for the downsized Bears Ears National Monument on Utah land considered sacred to Native Americans will include two spots for tribal representatives — three less than what a tribal coalition thinks they should get.
War against graffiti ongoing at Little Cottonwood Canyon
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Scott Whipperman is a man on a mission. His task brings to mind the mythical figure Sisyphus, condemned to rolling a stone up a hill for eternity.
Whipperman's rocks don't need to be moved but rather cleared of spray-painted graffiti that keeps reappearing — endlessly — on Little Cottonwood Canyon's granite boulders.
STARK, N.H. (AP) — Hunters, hikers and horseback riders will have greater access to nearly 800 acres of land in northern New Hampshire thanks to partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — To try to get more people into camping this summer, Vermont is offering first-time campers free equipment and campsites at various state parks, as New York is also doing.
More than 600 people have signed up to be picked for 30 individual slots for happy camper weekends offered in July and August at various Vermont state parks.
CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) — A years-long effort to redevelop a historic pavilion at Indiana Dunes State Park faces another hurdle after National Park Service officials said "problematic" design changes will require them to conduct another review of the privatization project.
National parks officials said in a July 12 letter that updates to the plans made last August appear to improperly reduce public access throughout the building.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A group is encouraging people living near several Revolutionary War battlefields in South Carolina to maintain a rural setting surrounding the sites.
More than 1,000 landowners near three sites have been contacted to see if they are interested in helping to preserve land near the battlefields, the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nine Minnesota businesses that rely on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area sued the Interior Department and its Bureau of Land Management on Thursday, challenging their decision to reinstate the federal mineral rights leases for the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine near Ely.
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky will receive nearly $1 million in federal funding to help parks and outdoor recreation.
A statement from U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers says U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that $923,741 will be distributed to Kentucky for Land and Water Conservation Fund from revenues available through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act. The funding comes from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and is part of $61.6 million being distributed across the nation.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Recreational vehicle manufacturer Winnebago Industries says it is buying boat maker Chris-Craft to expand beyond motor homes and travel trailers and create a diversified outdoor lifestyle products company.
Winnebago, based in Forest City, Iowa, hasn't disclosed details of the transaction but said Monday it would finance the deal with cash and debt.
KANARRAVILLE, Utah (AP) — A community in southwest Utah has begun charging visitors to hike a popular slot canyon.
Hikers at Kanarraville Falls began paying $8 for an individual permit this month.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports about 40,000 people travel to the town of Kanarraville every year to hike the scenic slot canyon.
PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's most iconic attraction had been decimated by forest fires and logging when President Woodrow Wilson established it as a national forest a century ago.
Now, the White Mountain National Forest stretches over 800,000 acres in the northern part of the state and part of Maine. The forest is home to several ski lodges, campgrounds and has over 1,200 miles of non-motorized hiking trails.
A vast expanse of shifting white sand dunes in southern New Mexico would be elevated from a national monument to a national park under legislation proposed Friday by one of the state's senators.
The Republican primary is now less than a month away. My view has always been that action speaks louder than words. I am outdoor enthusiast and it makes me feel lucky to be living in Idaho. I want to call attention to the great support Brad Little and his family have provided for outdoor recreation in Idaho for decades.
COTTAGE GROVE — Possible improvements to the Row River Trail may prompt the Bureau of Land Management to close a nearly 2-mile stretch at the center of the popular bicycle route through much of summer.
The four-month closure — from early July to early November — would start at mile 8.3 and extend to mile 10.1, said Michael Kelly, BLM outdoor recreation manager in Springfield.
WILDLIFE – Hunting for antlers left behind by big game animals? Remember to not disturb the animals, the Idaho Fish and Game Department warns in a news release.
“It’s important to remember that while we’re having an early case of spring fever, animals are still trying to get through winter,” the news release states. “Although this winter has been relatively mild and adult survival will likely be high, young animals – especially fawns – might still be struggling to get through their first winter.”
USU study: Some Utah national parks see higher visitors despite increased heat
Sure, visits to Utah’s “Mighty Five” National Parks fluctuate with temperature, but visits to some of those parks don't stop increasing even as the heat cranks up.
So say the findings of a recently published study from Utah State University’s Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism.
Analysis of outdoor recreation industry finds it’s larger than oil, gas and mining
A federal government analysis of the outdoor recreation’s economic impact reaffirms what many conservation groups have said for decades. Outdoor recreation is a big business.
For the first time ever the U.S. Department of Commerce looked specifically at the economic impact of outdoor recreation. The analysis was published last week.
The growl of a cougar, the burst of a Jetovator, the warmth of the Ultimate Base Camp, the shine of gold … experience them at the ServPro Sportsmen’s & Outdoor Recreation Show.
While a cougar and a lynx stalk the stage inside, Jetovator pilots will be flying high outside.
In New Mexico, 65 percent of residents participate in some type of outdoor recreation activity, and more than twice as many jobs in our state depend on outdoor recreation than the energy and mining sectors combined, according to a July 2017 report from the Outdoor Industry Association. The variety of activities that New Mexicans pursue outdoors mostly take place on public lands.
From cycling to paddleboarding, scouting to shopping, outdoor recreation grew
The outdoors scene in the Tri-State and the region has been wild and wonderful - and then some.
Here's a look at just a few of the highlights in the outdoors in 2017.
People Powered Huntington
Local bicyclists such as Ed Tucker and city planner Bre Shell organized and activated a new group called People Powered Huntington, an advocacy group envisioning a city with safe and welcoming walking, running, cycling and exercise options for all ages and needs.
HUNTINGTON - The Huntington RV & Boat Show at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington attracts thousands of travelers, campers, boaters and outdoor recreation enthusiasts each year.
The 2018 event is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28.
Picnic areas, swimming pools, splash pads and walking trails are among the list of recreational demands highlighted in a five-year plan released recently by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
West Virginia’s buck and antlerless deer firearms seasons open Nov. 20
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's traditional buck firearms season will start Monday, Nov. 20, and run through Dec. 2.
Recreation coordinator seeks to bolster Winona’s outdoor offerings
In a city that offers so much in the way of outdoor recreation, Ross Greedy sees even more potential.
Greedy, the city of Winona’s new outdoor recreation coordinator, said he’s hoping to improve the area’s network of hiking and biking trails, and to remove barriers that keep some community members from using them.
It’s also important, he said, for the city to work with various community groups to bring other outdoor attractions to the area.
Matt Brake is a retail salesperson at Rocky Mountain Outfitters in downtown Kalispell. He sells outdoor gear to people who disperse from town to take advantage of the many outdoor recreational opportunities the area has to offer, like Glacier National Park.
His job is one of 16,000 that rely heavily on tourist dollars in Glacier Country, according to a recent report from the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana.
A forum aimed at creating a better economy in the greater Troy area is planned by the Yaak Valley Forest Council Thursday, Oct. 26.
It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater in Troy.
The "Tools for Rural Success" forum aims to share creative ways to build a vibrant economy and will feature three women who will talk about cooperative development, outdoor recreation and geotourism.
Orem’s bike skills trail park and Provo’s Slate Canyon cycle park both just got a boost from the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation.
The OOR has approved grant funding for outdoor recreation projects with an estimated statewide impact of more than $2.8 million that includes grant funds, matching funds and private investment.
Orem’s portion is $30,000 toward the bike skills park. The total cost of Orem's park project is $78,185.00, according to Vanessa Palmer, grant writer for the city.
Many coastal South Carolina outdoor and park sites struggle to reopen after Irma
The tree that stood in the ocean is down.
Tiffany Briley used to wake up at 4 a.m. to get to the boneyard beach at Botany Bay Plantation so she could photograph the iconic tree at sunrise in the surf. She cried in relief when she saw it still standing after Hurricane Matthew.
Last week, she saw from a helicopter that Tropical Storm Irma knocked it over.
Briley, a volunteer at the Botany Bay wildlife management area, felt it in the pit of her stomach.