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Skip the masses at popular vistas and landmarks, and opt for these nearby (empty!) locales instead

Those tasty bivalves we can't get enough of are also great for filtering pollutants out of the water, but there's a balance that comes with building more oyster farms

For the trail's most venerable volunteer group, retirement means hauling heavy equipment and sleeping outside for days on end

A public condemnation of the SHIFT Festival's attempts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion is indicative of broader issues in the outdoor industry

For aerial athletes, it's not unusual to come across birds while in flight, like the threatened bearded vulture

Through Quiet Parks International, Gordon Hempton hopes to save the earth’s few truly natural soundscapes

How one nonprofit is working to get more people outside through urban adventures

'Protecting the Crossroads' tells the story of how palm trees have turned from a cash crop into invasive plant in Mexico

The Department of the Interior's proposed regulations contradict the interior secretary's grandiose claims

'Koktuli Wild' tracks a group of paddlers as they explore the intricacies of Alaska's wild-salmon populations

There was something about Primland that made Emily Nunn see red—a lavish and expensive outdoor Xanadu situated near her beloved Virginia hometown. Then she went there and had... a pretty good time. Blame the trout stream and the 400-thread-count linens.

Celebrate the national trails holiday this Saturday by volunteering at one of these events

Will Gurley is using his work to spread the word about development in our national parks

But the federal agency responsible for managing more than 245 million acres of public land kept the boilerplate about the economic value of these places

Here's how to make the most out of a visit to one of the wildest places in the U.S., from kayaking to birding to fishing and so much more.

Tips on how to get one of the most enviable jobs in the outdoor industry

Amid stories of ecological doom, we found a few instances of progress worth celebrating

I'm careful with my consumption, but what I found scared me

And no place has ever been ruined by an Instagram post, either. It's time to stop blaming social media for the world's troubles.

'Rock Paper Fish' takes viewers to southeast Alaska, where life is inseparable from the age-old rhythms of the Chilkat River

The sweeping John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act could mean great things for our national trail system, but it may take a while

A national park conservation advocate shares his advice on how to avoid crowds, get off the beaten path, see wildlife, and find adventure

After a massive fire, one man tried to replant the forests of his childhood. After more than half a decade, he realized he was fighting a losing battle against climate change. We all are.

The Gila is America’s most endangered river. What do we stand to lose if it disappears thanks to climate change and overuse?

The Democratic candidate released her comprehensive plan for saving our national parks and public lands. It's impressive, even if it never comes to fruition.

What's really behind all the recent cougar conflicts

America's public lands can help solve the climate crisis instead of contributing to it

The recent pro-conservation rulemaking at Interior is intended to smooth the way for acting secretary Bernhardt’s nomination hearing today

Size has something to do with it, but it is more about why the land is being preserved

A close reading of the President’s 2020 Department of the Interior budget reveals massive funding cuts for everything public-lands related—except for oil and gas

The crucial public lands legislation was just signed by President Trump. Here's why you should care.

Including, but not limited to, films on taxidermists, Olympians, and one very scary night for a park ranger

The Trump Administration plans to delist the gray wolf across the Lower 48. Here’s why that's happening and what it means for the future of the species.

The public comment period that will impact a redefinition of what's protected under the Clean Water Act is open through April 15

Since 1999, aging park ranger Bill Wolverton has hacked and chainsawed his way through more than 40 miles of Russian olive trees.

As the country's second most popular park turns 100, Grand Canyon faces an unprecedented number of existential threats. Eight experts weigh in on the major changes it will undergo during the next century.

Inside a repurposed Twin Cities brewery, a massive aquaponics operation is ready to provide a locavore's dream: fresh produce and fish, raised indoors every month of the year

A compromise over Utah public land reveals how one of the biggest conservation acts in years got through the Senate this week

This week saw heated public outcry over the organization's false claim of being the first to get outdoor brands to commit to inclusivity. Let's use this opportunity to enact real change.

The brand's spring catalog includes a shot of the famous climber scaling a delicate underground formation in Spain. The National Speleological Society is displeased.

New Mexico wants to create a first-of-its-kind Outdoor Equity Fund for underserved youth. Other states that care about preserving the natural world and raising a new generation of activists should take note.

A new documentary, 'Sea of Shadows,' highlights the work of Andrea Crosta, whose team infiltrates cartels and gangs to fight illegal wildlife trafficking around the world

It's healthier for you and the environment than beef, and it's delicious. So why aren't more Americans eating it?

A former National Park Service ranger on why now, more than ever, national parks need protection from Washington's budget fights

Researchers are calling the majestic forest the Shangri-la of conservation acquisitions

It’s good for the planet and might even lessen your hangover. That’s something we’ll drink to.

Just days before Secretary Zinke left his post, the agency quietly proposed rules that would have it ignoring many Freedom of Information Act requests

I've watched Zinke’s downward spiral with trepidation. Yet his departure does not imply a pro-environment reorientation at Interior, and I doubt we've seen the last of him. 

Advocates of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are trying to make an end run around the law and the American people. If they succeed, your backyard conservation area could be next.

EPA proposes stripping protections from 50 percent of streams and 110 million acres of wetlands

The ‘Ghost of Steelhead Future’ extrapolates what could happen to a prized Oregon river

These mountains do way more than just recycle

Attorney Xochitl Torres Small just won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in a rural district. One of her prominent talking points? Protecting the region's national monument.

The results from Tuesday's elections prove that the majority of people in this country revere our public lands. Politicians, listen up.

Three key takeaways from yesterday’s vote

If she wins tomorrow, the 38-year-old Democrat would become the country's first Native American governor. Can a moderate still win in Trump's America? Idaho is about to find out.

Now that the House Natural Resources Committee has fallen under Democrat control, it could mean real oversight for the Department of Interior, says Arizona Representative Raul Grijalva

In what might be a first for any American company, the clothing brand has endorsed two Senate candidates

How we exploit big trees, big game, and even extinct creatures

Unless the Forest Service can pony up the cash to save it

If the outdoor industry doesn't embrace hunters and anglers as political allies in conservation battles, we all lose

Non-partisan midterm elections guidance from key environmental organizations

We sent a writer to check out the alleged uptick in damage to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument post President Trump's decision to shrink it

Line 5 is the name of a 65-year-old oil pipeline running across the floor of Lake Michigan and it's ready to burst.

They don't vote. Why are the people most concerned about climate change some of the least likely to show up in November?

It's up to Republicans to bring it back to life and make it better than ever

Paige Williams's new book and 'Poached' by Rachel Love Nuwer are compelling works of nonfiction about the underworld of obsessive and morally ambiguous collectors

This week's ruling to stop a trophy hunt was a big win for conservation groups and may impact grizzlies across the country

Idaho issued only a single bear tag, but conservationists are still concerned about the consequences of picking off just one bear in a state that has played an outsize role in grizzly management

The conservative Utah Congressman wants to fully fund our national parks and our public lands. Huh?

Irreparable Harm, from Wild Confluence​​​​ films, investigates the impact of a local mine on a community's natural food sources.

The Pacific Northwest’s Southern Resident killer whales are dying. And it's our fault.

Pioneers, the government, even John Muir helped kick out Native Americans from their homes on national parks. But in Yosemite, the Miwuk Tribe is getting its village back.

‘120 Seconds to Change the World’ features Director of the Okapi Conservation Project, Rosmarie Ruf. 

As the U.S. battles over the fate of public lands, the Chilean government and Kristine Tompkins are doing something extraordinary down in Patagonia—setting aside millions of acres for stunning new national parks. And they aren't done yet.

Despite promises from the president and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the BLM wants to open up hundreds of thousands of acres in Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments for companies to drill and mine

As Wyoming prepares for the first grizzly hunt in the lower 48 in decades, at least two protesters won tags they say they won't use. Will their strategy work?

Green beer isn’t just for Saint Patrick’s day. The craft-beer industry is growing with the planet in mind.

Newly created state offices are promoting outdoor recreation as a major contributor to local economies and the public good, but they need a lot more support to be successful

The organization posted two videos in response to an article I wrote last week. Let's review what its representatives said about me and the story.