Plan to Remove Feral Cattle From National Forest in New Mexico Raises Concerns

Most everyone agrees the unbranded animals are a problem in Gila National Forest. But fear that the plan involves shooting them from a helicopter has led to sharp opposition.

#animals, #cattle, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #livestock, #wilderness-areas, #wildlife-die-offs

Winter Camping: No Bugs, Few People and the Cold

Understanding the activity’s unique challenges, and taking the time to plan and prepare, make the experience enjoyable and safe.

#camps-and-camping, #cold-and-cold-spells, #content-type-service, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #recreational-equipment-inc, #sierra-club, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas, #winter-season

Redwood Forest in California Is Returned to Native Tribes

Ownership of more than 500 acres of a forest in Mendocino County was returned to 10 sovereign tribes who will serve as guardians to “protect and heal” the land.

#california, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #indigenous-people, #mendocino-county-calif, #wilderness-areas

Thomas Lovejoy, Wide-Ranging Ecologist and Amazon Rescuer, Dies at 80

His ambitious, long-running project in Brazil explored the impact of deforestation on animals and plants — and how to deal with it.

#amazon-jungle, #amazon-river-basin, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #deaths-obituaries, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #lovejoy-thomas-e, #nature-tv-program, #wilderness-areas

Inside the Campaign to Save an Imperiled Cambodian Rainforest

Deep in the Southern Cardamom Mountains, former loggers and poachers have assumed new roles as protective rangers and ecotourism guides. Can their efforts help preserve a vast stretch of wilderness?

#agriculture-and-farming, #animals, #cambodia, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #koh-kong-province-cambodia, #logging-industry, #phnom-penh-cambodia, #southeast-asia, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Climate Change Is Thawing Arctic Alaska

The landscape resembles frozen spinach left out on the kitchen counter too long.

#alaska, #arctic-regions, #carbon-dioxide, #caribou, #gates-of-the-arctic-national-park-alaska, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #rivers, #weather, #wilderness-areas

Who Gets Left Out of the ‘Great Outdoors’ Story?

You’ve heard of Davy Crockett. Now meet Lancelot Jones, Sylvia Stark and other Black outdoors pioneers who can redefine our notion of the natural world.

#betsch-marvyne-elisabeth-mavynee-1935-2005, #black-people, #exploration-and-explorers, #francis-john-1946, #jones-israel-lafayette-1858-1932, #jones-sir-lancelot-garfield-1898-1997, #stark-sylvia-1839-1944, #united-states, #wilderness-areas

Has Climate Change Cut Us Off From the Wilderness in California?

In California, there is no escape from global warming for many of the species affected and none for the species causing the problem.

#california, #conservation-of-resources, #drought, #forest-service, #global-warming, #kings-canyon-national-park-calif, #muir-john, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #pacific-crest-trail, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #wilderness-areas, #wildfires

The Tetons’ Ever-Changing Beauty: A 45 Mile Hike Through the Wyoming Range

A three-day hike through the Teton Range in northwest Wyoming offers consistently stunning — and constantly unfolding — scenery.

#camps-and-camping, #grand-teton-national-park-wyo, #hikes-and-hiking, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #rockefeller-john-d-jr, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas

Last Stop on the Way to the Cosmos? No Thanks.

A small Southern county hopes to land a starring role in the commercial space race. But for residents of the exclusive islands in the flight path, the stakes feel sky-high.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #beaches, #branson-richard, #cumberland-island-ga, #federal-lands, #musk-elon, #national-parks-service, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas, #wildfires

Biden Plans to Restore Protections to Tongass National Forest in Alaska

The administration says it will “repeal or replace” the rule that opened up more than half of Tongass National Forest to logging.

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #dunleavy-mike-j, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #logging-industry, #murkowski-lisa, #tongass-national-forest-alaska, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

After Erdogan Angers a Loyal Province, His Opponents See an Opportunity

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey set off protests in his home province, the heart of his political base, with plans to build a quarry that would destroy a pristine woodland.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #justice-and-development-party-turkey, #land-use-policies, #politics-and-government, #quarries, #rize-province-turkey, #turkey, #wilderness-areas

Mozambique Mints a New National Park — and Surveys Its Riches

In the wake of wars, natural disasters and insurgencies, Mozambique is experiencing an environmental renaissance. One of the results is a new and stunningly beautiful national park.

#biodiversity, #birds, #conservation-of-resources, #mozambique, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #photography, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas

Sweden, Dressed in Summer

We’ve shown you Sweden in snow. Now see it in bloom.

#forests-and-forestry, #photography, #sweden, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas

Pandemic Wilderness Explorers Are Straining Search and Rescue

Inexperienced adventurers have flooded remote areas like Wyoming’s Sublette County during the pandemic. When they call for help, the task is left to an overwhelmed network of volunteers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hikes-and-hiking, #rescues, #volunteers-and-community-service, #wilderness-areas, #wyoming

Born to Be Lazy? What Bears Can Teach Us About Our Exercise Habits

Scientists have found that grizzlies, like people, seem to choose the path of least resistance.

#animal-behavior, #bears, #content-type-service, #exercise, #journal-of-experimental-biology, #navigation, #washington-state-university, #wilderness-areas, #yellowstone-national-park

One Year Later, We Still Have No Plan to Prevent the Next Pandemic

And yes, there could soon be another pandemic.

#china, #conservation-of-resources, #cornell-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #goodall-jane, #wilderness-areas, #world-health-organization

A Sacred Place Undone by Trump Must Be Saved by Biden

Bears Ears is one of the nation’s most compelling and mysterious landscapes and a place of worship for Native Americans.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bears-ears-national-monument-utah, #federal-lands, #haaland-deb, #land-use-policies, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #wilderness-areas

Biden Must Stop Trump’s Reckless Plunder in Alaska

A last-ditch effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling is underway.

#arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carter-jimmy, #conservation-of-resources, #drilling-and-boring, #eisenhower-dwight-david, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #trump-donald-j, #wilderness-areas, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

Biden Plans to Conserve 30 Percent of America’s Lands

That’s how much land Biden wants to conserve over the next decade. But is it possible?

#agriculture-department, #babbitt-bruce, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #federal-lands, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #united-states, #western-states-us, #wilderness-areas

Wintry Scenes From a Swedish Wonderland

With his foreign assignments canceled for the year, a photographer refocuses on his homeland — and finds plenty to admire.

#aurora-borealis, #indigenous-people, #lapland, #photography, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #reindeer, #snowmobiles, #sweden, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas

In Last Rush, Trump Grants Mining and Energy Firms Access to Public Lands

The outgoing administration is pushing through approval of corporate projects over the opposition of environmental groups and tribal communities.

#bernhardt-david-l, #bhp-billiton-ltd, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-land-management, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-lands, #forest-service, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #resolution-copper-mining-llc, #rio-tinto-plc, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge

Climate change is shifting the habitats of endangered species and requiring conservation scientists to think outside traditional park boundaries.

#africa, #agriculture-and-farming, #animals, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #land-use-policies, #lemurs, #madagascar, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #vanilla, #wilderness-areas, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

White House Releases New Plan for Seismic Tests in Arctic Refuge

The survey would bring heavy trucks looking for signs of oil reserves into one of the most remote and pristine parts of the United States.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #arctic-regions, #drilling-and-boring, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #polar-bears, #wilderness-areas

A 30-Mile Canoe Trip Through Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

The Honker Divide Canoe Route draws intrepid travelers through the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest. But the lifting of logging restrictions may indelibly alter its character.

#alaska, #canoes-and-canoeing, #forests-and-forestry, #geese, #islands, #juneau-alaska, #roads-and-traffic, #tongass-national-forest-alaska, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

Trump Administration to Announce Plan to Open Tongass Forest to Logging

The effort to open the Alaskan wilderness area, the nation’s largest national forest, has been in the works for about two years.

#alaska, #environment, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #logging-industry, #tongass-national-forest-alaska, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

Fleeing the Trolls for the Grizzly Bears

When “civilization” oppresses, wilderness is the best therapy.

#exploration-and-explorers, #federal-lands, #hikes-and-hiking, #kristof-nicholas-d, #montana, #pacific-crest-trail, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #united-states, #wilderness-areas

Apple Fire Leads to Evacuation Order for 7,000 in California

The wildfire, near the San Bernardino National Forest east of Los Angeles, was burning out of control on Sunday morning.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #riverside-county-calif, #san-bernardino-calif, #wilderness-areas, #wildfires

Where’s Airborne Plastic? Everywhere, Scientists Find.

There’s “no nook or cranny” on the planet where it doesn’t end up, the lead researcher on a new study said.

#air-pollution, #environment, #plastics, #research, #science-journal, #wilderness-areas

Major Petroleum Spill Spreads Toward Arctic Ocean in Russia’s North

A diesel fuel spill in Russia’s far north has released about half as much petroleum into the environment as the Exxon Valdez tanker accident in Alaska. The fuel is flowing toward the Arctic Ocean.

#arctic-regions, #exxon-valdez-tanker, #norilsk-russia, #norilsk-nickel, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #russia, #wilderness-areas

11 Great Alternatives to the Top National Parks

Whether you like hiking, fishing, volcanoes, trees or even fossilized trees, there is a less-traveled and still awe-inspiring national park for you.

#arches-national-park-utah, #big-bend-national-park-tex, #biodiversity, #canoes-and-canoeing, #canyonlands-national-park-utah, #congaree-national-park, #coronavirus-reopenings, #deserts, #dunes, #forests-and-forestry, #fossils, #glaciers, #great-basin-national-park, #great-sand-dunes-national-park-and-reserve-colorado, #gunnison-colo, #hikes-and-hiking, #lakes, #lassen-volcanic-national-park-calif, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #north-cascades-national-park-wash, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #petrified-forest-national-park-ariz, #shutdowns-institutional, #travel-and-vacations, #trees-and-shrubs, #volcanoes, #voyageurs-national-park-minn, #wilderness-areas

Poachers Kill More Rhinos as Coronavirus Halts Tourism to Africa

Threatened and endangered animals may become additional casualties of the pandemic.

#botswana, #conservation-of-resources, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #poaching-wildlife, #rhinoceroses, #south-africa, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas, #your-feed-science