19 New Trails to Explore as the National Trails System Turns 50

This Saturday, the American Hiking Society is celebrating a very special National Trails Day —2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Trails System Act , which created and protected some of the U.S.’s most loved scenic and historic walks. Now, just in time for Saturday’s festivities, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced in a Department of the Interior (DOI) press release Wednesday that he is adding 19 new recreation trails to the national network in 17 different states. “By designating these new national trails, we acknowledge the efforts of local communities to provide outdoor recreational opportunities that can be enjoyed by everyone,” Zinke said. “Our network of national trails provides easily accessible

Rock Climbers and Supporters ‘Climb the Hill’ for Public Lands

U.S. rock climbers and their non-profit and corporate allies are setting themselves a difficult challenge this week—persuading Congress to act to protect public lands. Thursday marks the second day of the third annual Climb the Hill event in Washington, DC, organized by leading climbing-advocacy nonprofits American Alpine Club (AAC) and Access Fund to give climbers a chance to speak

List of National Parks By State: An Epic Guide to “America’s Best Idea”

List of National Parks By State: An Epic Guide to “America’s Best Idea” originally appeared on Green Global Travel. As we began to compile a list of National Parks by state for this piece to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, I was shocked and dismayed to realize how few of the 59 officially designated parks we’ve visited. Fortunately, we’re already planning a future family road trip to visit some of the many parks still on our bucket list. The NPS was originally created

New Grand Staircase-Escalante Proposal Would Further Harm the Region

By John Gilroy Just a day after President Donald Trump significantly diminished the boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) introduced legislation that would reduce the protections on this unique landscape even further. The Grand Staircase-Escalante Enhancement Act (H.R. 4558) mirrors President Trump’s proclamation by creating three smaller national monuments and one national park that together would preserve roughly 60 percent of the landscape that has been safeguarded by the

5 things to know about Trump’s review of national monuments and parks

The Trump Administration is reviewing national monuments and parks across the United States. Here’s what you need to know.

DIY Mesa Verde Tours: How to Explore the National Park on Your Own

DIY Mesa Verde Tours: How to Explore the National Park on Your Own originally appeared on Green Global Travel. When I started planning a cross-country road trip with my British wife, Emma, Mesa Verde tours weren’t originally part of our itinerary. We spent most of the last decade in Central America, admiring the great Mayan temples there. But I never really stopped to consider the rich indigenous history of my own country, the United States. One of the great tragedies of US history is how much of it has been swept under the rug. Before colonization and expansion, our nation was replete with natives far more in respectful of its natural wonders. Unfortunately those

Bears Ears: We Must Protect This Spectacular, Sacred American Monument

By Mike Matz Eighty-one years ago, Franklin Roosevelt’s secretary of the interior, Harold Ickes, proposed a vast, four million-acre national monument for southern Utah. Over the ensuing decades, pieces of Ickes’ vision were realized in the establishment of Canyonlands and Capitol Reef national parks, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Last year, another president and his interior secretary took a big step toward completing Ickes’ dream. At the request

Patagonia to Zinke: ‘Conserve Our Shared Public Lands for Future Generations’

Dear Secretary Zinke, As Secretary of the Interior, you hold the solemn responsibility to steward America’s public lands and waters on behalf of the American people who own them. Our public lands, including the national monuments you are now reviewing, represent a vital part of our nation’s heritage—a legacy that belongs not just to us, but to all future generations of Americans. It is an important part of your job to safeguard this legacy by making careful and informed decisions

Montana Senator Introduces Bill to Ban Gold Mining Near Yellowstone National Park

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester introduced legislation on Tuesday to protect more than 30,000 acres of public land bordering Yellowstone National Park. These public lands in Montana’s Park County are the targets of two industrial scale gold mine proposals, which would threaten the national park, the clean water of the Yellowstone River, wildlife and the local economy. The legislation does not affect any recreational use of the land, including hunting or fishing. Sen. Tester’s legislation followed actions made in the fall of 2016 , when U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture began a

Land Grab Congressman Now Wants Trump to Abolish National Monuments

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, a fierce anti-public lands Republican in Utah, is urging President-elect Donald Trump to abolish national monuments created by both Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. More than 270 million acres of American land and waters are potentially at risk—an area two and half times the size of California. The action would be unprecedented. No president in history

Exploring the Wadden Sea National Park, Germany

Description: Blogger Victoria Watts Kennedy discovers the beautiful beaches and wildlife in Germany's Wadden Sea National Park. Blogger Victoria Watts Kennedy discovers the beautiful beaches and wildlife in Germany’s Wadden Sea National Park.Berlin, the Alps, Oktoberfest, pretty Bavarian towns; these are the things you tend to think of when imagining a holiday in Germany. Beaches definitely don’t spring to mind. But tucked away in the north of the country lies a little beach town that holds one of the world’s