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‘Always Prepared’: 4 tips for keeping your family safe outdoors this winter

When Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service and his fellow wardens head out into the Maine woods, they try to over-prepare. Their jackets float, they wear thin layers of wicking materials and in their outside pockets, they carry “picks of life” — small ice picks that can be used to grab ice if there’s an emergency.

Read Full Article at bangordailynews.com!


Forest Service releases Heavenly expansion draft

A draft decision allowing expansion of year-round nonskiing activities at Heavenly Mountain Resort was released this week by the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The proposed Epic Discovery project still requires review by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. The Forest Service, TRPA, and Lahontan worked to produce a joint environmental document to facilitate review of the resort’s proposed project. Heavenly operates primarily on National Forest System lands under a 40-year Ski Area Special Use Permit issued on May 7, 2002.

Read Full Article at recordcourier.com!


5 trails for 1,000 hikers

The University of Montana released the first draft plan for maintaining its land on Mount Sentinel and Fort Missoula earlier this month.

The plan, which covers around 750 acres, intends to conserve and maintain the popular hiking trail in coming years.

Marilyn Marler, UM nature area specialist, said the plan covers weed and trail management, along with safety and social issues on both properties. Mount Sentinel is one of the most saturated hiking trails in the state, with almost 1,000 hikers on a good day.

Read Full Article at montanakaimin.com!


Idaho Senate votes to ban use of condemnation for trails, greenways or walking paths

Legislation to block any government entity in Idaho from using the power of eminent domain to create hiking trails, bike paths or greenways passed the Senate yesterday on a 20-13 vote, after much debate, and now moves to the House side, though opponents warned that it could cripple cities’ ability to create greenways like the popular Boise River Greenbelt, or even to create safe walking routes to school for kids. Backers said the measure, SB 1044, would prevent the use of condemnation for amenities, rather than for things that are really needed.

Read Full Article at spokesman.com!


Thieves smash in windows while victims are out hiking foothills

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn residents to take their wallets and purses with them when hiking after three different cars had their windows smashed in at trailheads.

Read Full Article at jrn.com!


Stress Tip: Spend Time Outdoors

Mounting research suggests that prolonged sitting does you no good on any front — physical or psychological. And if standing up is a good idea, getting outside is an even better one. While stress erodes your energy, moving around — particularly in the fresh air and ideally near some trees — can restore it. It can also build your resilience to stress in the process. The calming, energizing effect of nature can only work its magic if you get out in it once in a while

Read Full Article at huffingtonpost.com!


Sunday Spotlight: 20-year-old hiking group exemplifies camaraderie

On an unseasonably warm Friday, eight members of the Over the Arroyo Gang gathered at their regular meeting place, a parking lot off Hyde Park Road, dressed for one of their thrice-weekly hikes.

Read Full Article at santafenewmexican.com!


Trail group hosting hiking film screening

On March 17, the North Country Trail Association will host a screening at The Spot Café in downtown Fergus Falls of the award-winning documentary film “Mile…Mile and a Half” about a 2011 hike of the John Muir Trail along California’s Sierra Nevada range by a team of artists.Before the film, the North Country Trail Association will share information on the North Country National Scenic Trail — the nation’s longest hiking trail. It stretches 4,600 miles from eastern New York to central North Dakota and the National Park Service is currently planning the route across Otter Tail and Wilkin counties — from Maplewood State Park to Abercrombie, North Dakota.

Read Full Article at fergusfallsjournal.com!


Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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