Secretary Zinke, Stand Up for Public Lands

On August 24, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will reveal which national monuments he’ll recommend to reduce in size or abolish. …

Last week, the national hunting advocacy group Backcountry Hunters and Anglers launched a new television ad that’s running in Montana, the Secretary’s home state. Featuring scenes of general outdoor recreation and hunting, the ad uses Zinke’s own quotes to illustrate his hypocrisy—saying he’s pro-public lands, comparing himself to Roosevelt, and threatening jobs in the hunting and fishing industry. …

Hunters, the Surprising Saviors of Our Public Lands

The GOP’s war on public lands threatens to alienate a key part of its voting base—sport hunters

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70-years-old on the PCT

DAMI ROELSE: 

No one tells me I’m too old to do this when I’m on the trail. Young hikers on the trail talk to me and don’t ask how old I am. We talk about trail details, such as upcoming snowfields, water sources, exposure to sun. Every passerby greets me, often taking time to chat …

Society puts us in categories, age related categories, status related categories, place related categories, skin color related categories. On the trail you’re part of the trail society as long as you can walk and carry, no matter what your age, your skin color, or your financial circumstances. …

How to Lose Your Age on the Trail

Outdoor Retailer: “Goodbye Utah. Hello Colorado.”

Denver has landed the coveted Outdoor Retailer summer and winter trade shows, sources confirm

Five year deal will bring 45,000 attendees to Denver, delivering estimated $45 million economic impact

 Emerald and its show partner, Boulder’s Outdoor Industry Association, announced this year they were pulling the winter and summer Outdoor Retailer trade shows out of their 21-year home in Salt Lake City, citing Utah political efforts to downsize recent national monument designations, specifically the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument created by the Obama Administration in December 2016.

Utah can blame Rob Bishop (R) and Jason Chaffetz (R)

The @UtahGOP hate the outdoors.

Speak out for Your Public Lands

REI:

Over the last four weeks, hundreds of thousands of you, from all backgrounds and parts of the country, have spoken up and united across divides for your public lands. You’ve sent a strong message to the U.S. Department of the Interior that our national monuments matter.

If you haven’t submitted your comments to the Department of the Interior yet, you can still do it. Click here.

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(via Adventure Blog)

‘Public Lands’ threatened in the USA

Federally owned (aka “public”) lands have been in the news a lot recently thanks to President Trump’s decision to review many of the protected areas that have been designated at national monuments from the three presidents that held office prior to him.

Some of those areas could see their protected status go away, potentially opening them up to commercial development. …

Adventure Blog – Video: Outside Explains What the Term “Public Lands” Means and Why it is Important

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