Public Lands/Wilderness Stories

  • CA Outdoor Recreation Worth $54 Billion Per Year: Federal Data California is number one in the country for dollars spent on camping, hiking, climbing, and biking, according to the latest federal data. The most recent report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis also names boating and RV trips as the state's most lucrative outdoor sector. […]
  • OR Rivers Vital to State's BIPOC Communities Oregon is home to a plethora of rivers, but those waterways are not always accessible to every community. A new video series highlights how important these places are for people of color, and how a bill now in Congress could protect more landscapes. The organization "Love is King" […]
  • 'Wow' Factor: Outdoor Rec Adds Loads of Dollars to WA Economy Outdoor recreation continues to contribute to Washington state's economy in a big way. That's according to new data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, which finds the industry added $12.3 billion to the state's economy and supported more than 114,000 jobs in 2021. Ashley […]
  • Work on Gateway to Redwood National Park Winds Down for 2022 Crews are making progress in building a new gateway to Redwood National Park in Humboldt County. Work has just wrapped up for the year at the site of an old timber mill near the town of Orick. Operations will pick up again next spring, […]
  • Draft Legislation Would Create Chesapeake National Recreation Area Newly drafted legislation would combine swaths of land in Virginia and Maryland to create the Chesapeake National Recreation Area. Although it's been in the works since the 1980s, it could come to fruition within the next year. The new recreation area would include parks and visitor centers […]
  • Feds to Hold Public Meeting Today on Proposed National Monument The proposed national monument to be called Avi Kwa Ame is getting a big boost today as the top leaders of the Bureau of Land Management hold a public meeting in Laughlin. Tracy Stone-Manning, director of the BLM, will hear from a range of stakeholders […]
  • Bureau of Land Management Prioritizes Wildlife Connectivity The Bureau of Land Management, which controls 67% of public lands in Nevada, said it is now going to make it a priority to protect wildlife corridors, which are the routes animals like mule deer take between their winter and summer ranges. The agency issued a Memorandum of […]
  • West Virginia Groups Rally to Protect Old-Growth Trees The U.S. Forest Service plans to chop down what conservation groups say are large swaths of old-growth trees in the Monongahela National Forest, and they are rallying today to protest the project. The trees are located in parts of the 86,000-acre project area, north of Parsons, West […]