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American Bison Restoration: No Easy Task for the National Wildlife Federation

American Bison Restoration: No Easy Task for the National Wildlife Federation

History has not been kind to the American bison. Though as many as 40 million bison roamed the Great Plains when European explorers first arrived, the herds were decimated in the centuries that followed. By 1900, only 1,000

3 Unconventional Backpack Items (That Could Very Well Save Your Life)

3 Unconventional Backpack Items (That Could Very Well Save Your Life)

Most experienced hikers know the 10 essentials by heart, but the list of outdoor gear that can save your life is certainly not exhaustive. Before

Yosemite Hantavirus Means Less Crowds…Worth the Risk?

Yosemite Hantavirus Means Less Crowds…Worth the Risk?

Back in the summer of ’04, I lived in Yosemite Valley as a climbing and hiking bum while working in the uber-fancy Ahwahnee Hotel, cleaning up people’s trash andeating

Making a Homemade Compass

Making a Homemade Compass

I become a trifle nauseated at the thought of people hauling their electronic gizmos into the woods. The entire point of the exercise revolves around escaping modern society, even if just for a little while.

The Difference Between National Parks, State Parks and National Forests

The Difference Between National Parks, State Parks and National Forests

Most outdoorsy folks don’t know the differences between regulations imposed by national parks, national forests and state parks. It’s usually not a big deal unless you’re a dog lover, recreational shooter, or multi-day camper.

The Adventure Racing World Championships Begin Saturday

The Adventure Racing World Championships Begin Saturday

The world’s best endurance athletes are descending on France this week where they are preparing to take part in the 2012 Adventure Racing World Championship. The race officially gets underway on Saturday when 73 coed teams of four, from 30 nations, will set out on an epic eight day adventure

Every Outdoor Enthusiast Should Know about the Land & Water Conservation Fund

Every Outdoor Enthusiast Should Know about the Land & Water Conservation Fund

Take a moment to think about your favorite outdoor recreation location. Maybe it’s soaring granite in a national park or a pier where you go and catch rockfish. Perhaps it’s an inner-city park or even a memorial to fallen loved ones.

9 National Parks That You’ve Never Heard Of

9 National Parks That You’ve Never Heard Of

National parks may have originated as an American institution — but today, with more than 1,800 established parks worldwide, the idea is hardly limited to the 50 states. And as this list proves, a national park does not have to be well-known to take your breath away.

What To Do When You Encounter a Mountain Goat

What To Do When You Encounter a Mountain Goat

Mountain goats are among the most majestic creatures in the wilderness; unfortunately, they are also one of the most aggressive. Numerous reports of aggressive goat populations led to the closure of the Mount Ellinor Trail in Olympic National Forest last month and

Welcome to Wenger

Welcome to Wenger

Every so often, people stumble on hidden gems. Sometimes it’s breathtaking scenery or perhaps  it’s witnessing a rare natural event. For some, it’s finding an item of significant value while for others, it’s collecting another man’s junk. Whatever your idea of a hidden gem is – we hope