Waterproofing’s Dirty Little Secret

Is Your Jacket Harming the Environment? It’s among the most satisfying of all outdoor experiences: Standing in a deluge, you watch the rain bead off your waterproof jacket like droplets off a freshly waxed Porsche. Not only do you feel dry, you feel smug: Technology has triumphed over nature. Would you feel even better knowing…

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Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Removed From Endangered Species List

Conservation groups criticize decision, threaten lawsuit. Citing increased population numbers, the Department of the Interior announced Thursday that it would strip protections from the Yellowstone grizzly, one of the best-studied bear populations in the world. In a statement, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that the bears had recovered enough that state and tribal agencies could…

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Dan “Knotts” Binde Claims a New Self-Supported Appalachian Trail Record

Time would beat record by 8 hours, but malfunctioning SPOT impeding confirmation. There’s a new claimant to the Appalachian Trail’s self-supported throne. Dan “Knotts” Binde, 25, says he broke the self-supported speed record on the Appalachian Trail on July 19th just before 2 p.m. However, the record’s gatekeepers have been slow to confirm his story,…

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Can the Organ Mountains Survive the White House’s Monument Review?

Vets, local leaders fighting for Southern New Mexico reserve. Garrett Reppenhagen had just two hours to help save Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. It was late July, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was visiting the site in New Mexico as part of his review of National Monuments, and Reppenhagen, Rocky Mountain director of the nonprofit Vet…

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Zinke Proposes Shrinking Monuments

But won’t recommend that president revoke designations. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is expected to recommend to President Donald Trump that he should decrease the boundaries of some national monuments. Zinke told the Associated Press Thursday morning that he would not recommend eliminating any monuments, and that none of the land in question would be sold…

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