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The Henson Obsession Project

Even after many years of adventure travel I still agonize over the purchase of a new piece of equipment. With my finger hovering over the “buy now” button at the web site, I weighed the prospects of full commitment to this latest project. The outlay of serious cash for a pair of three-pin ski […]

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Honor Thy Sawyer

By his own admission, Montana sawyer, Pete Tallmadge thought surely someone else would be a  better choice for the job. “When Kirsten Kaiser the 3 Rivers District Ranger called and asked if I would consider being the sawyer for the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, I just about said ‘no’,” he told a crowd of […]

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SHIFT: The Joyful Transfer of Power

On the last night of the SHIFT Festival in Jackson, Wyoming the organizers hosted an after-party at the Organic Lotus Restaurant. By 1:AM a steady beat of house music still roused a group of at least 30 Millennials to dance away the night well into the morning. Damp with sweat I sidled over to the […]

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Bears Ears In Jeopardy

Hiking shoes in my luggage are a gentle reminder. Get some exercise when traveling, preferably outside. Truthfully, after 4 glasses of red wine the night before and a sumptuous meal of duck confit egg rolls, assorted cheeses and a pork/chicken paella it was all I could do to get out of bed. It should be […]

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Outdoors For All ~ Where to begin?

When it comes to discussing complex social issues it’s hard to know where to start. This summer I’m scheduled to teach a course on diversity and inclusion in outdoor recreation called Outdoors For All at the University of Wisconsin Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies. As a linear thinker my first inclination was to begin the […]

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Designations Diminished

Our National Monuments are enduring reminders of our historic legacy and past accomplishments. They aim to protect for future generations the natural beauty and cultural significance of public sites that have helped to shape our national identity. But they also preserve our memory of atrocities committed against vulnerable people and the land that we must […]

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The View From Here

When the temperature drops down below 20º often the last thing you want to do is leave the house. But if late winter brings a sudden dump of snowfall along with a crystal clear blue sky and full sunshine maybe outside is exactly where you ought to be. With a new pair of Oboz hiking boots […]

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The Environmental Protection Imperative

My host Dr. Kelli McMahan seemed to vibrate with enthusiasm. As she drove me from my hotel in Waco, Texas through the campus of Baylor University we watched an endless parade of young people in pursuit of knowledge and higher education. “There is nothing more exciting than life on a college campus,” she said. With […]

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Teaching in Nature’s Classroom ~ a new book explores the principles of garden-based education

Garden educator Nathan Larson believes in creating hands-on learning experiences for students of all ages. Author of the new book, Teaching in Nature’s Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-based Education, he provides a practical guide to help fellow instructors to create programs and curriculum dedicated to connecting students with nature through the cultivation of green space. […]

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Yosemite Centennial Ambassador

Late last week I received some wonderful news. In recognition for my work reporting on the earliest days of Yosemite National Park I have been named a Yosemite Centennial Ambassador. As the NPS celebrates its 100th anniversary this year I have been included in an amazing group of park supporters whose life-long bodies of work have […]

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