The Plan to Shrink Bears Ears National Monument

Zinke recommends cutting down preserve, focusing on archeological sites over recreation in report. Bears EarsInterior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday recommended that President Donald Trump reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument, opening a new chapter in the fight over the controversial Utah preserve. In a conference call announcing his decision, Zinke said that…

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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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U.S. Government: The Outdoor Industry Contributed Almost $374 Billion to the Economy

Made up 2% of GDP, more than mining, oil, and gas The outdoor industry contributed $373.7 billion to the United States economy in 2016, according to a new preliminary report from the Department of Commerce The statistics, gathered by the department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, found that the gross output of the outdoor industry made…

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