The Most Popular Program in the Outdoors is in Danger

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has bought land for national parks and long trails, and doesn’t cost taxpayers a thing. So why does the White House want to cut it? The LWCF helped protect Oregon’s Sandy RiverJonathan Asher didn’t know much about the Land and Water Conservation Fund when he started working for the…

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DOI Memo: Shrink Five More Monuments

In a leaked document, Sec. Ryan Zinke proposes changing boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante and others. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended President Donald Trump decrease the size of at least five national monuments, according to a leaked memo obtained by the Associated Press. Aside from Bears Ears, which Zinke recommended shrinking earlier this summer, the secretary proposed…

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NPS Proposes Steep Fee Hikes at Popular Parks

Would more than double prime-time entrance costs, as administration seeks to cut National Park Service’s budget. Yellowstone National ParkA new plan from the National Park Service would more than double peak season entrance fees at 17 of the country’s most visited national parks, with the extra money going towards maintenance and infrastructure improvements. In a…

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The Fight Against a Pipeline Along the Appalachian Trail

Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are headed to court to stop it. But with construction slated to begin soon, will that be enough? A rendering by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy of what the finished Mountain Valley Pipeline could look like.A lawsuit hasn’t been enough to stop construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a proposed…

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Zion National Park Considers Limiting Visitors, and Other Parks May Follow Suit

Faced with rising visitation and shrinking resources, the National Park Service is weighing the idea of requiring reservations at its most popular spots. Zion National ParkZion National Park has a visitor problem. The canyon saw over 4.5 million tourists in 2017 and just doesn’t have the resources to keep up with demand. Now, due to…

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