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The Outdoor Recreation Economy 2019

The Outdoor Recreation Economy 2019

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released statistics today measuring the outdoor recreation economy for the nation, all 50 states, and the District of Columbia. The new U.S. data show that the outdoor recreation economy accounted for 2.1 percent ($459.8 billion) of current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP) for the nation in 2019. At the […]

Lilac

Lilac

May Night The spring is fresh and fearlessAnd every leaf is new,The world is brimmed with moonlight,The lilac brimmed with dew. Here in the moving shadowsI catch my breath and sing —My heart is fresh and fearlessAnd over-brimmed with spring. Sara Teasdale

The Crystal Field

The Crystal Field

The air is blue and keen and coldAnd in a shining sheath enrolled.Each branch, each twig, each blade of grassSeems clad miraculously with glass. This poem is a modification of “A Crystal Forest” by William Sharp from the book: Poems by William Sharp Selected and Arranged by Mrs. William Sharp. Published by Duffield and Company, […]

Lichen

Lichen

Springtime in the Rockies, Lichen (Excerpt) BY LEW WELCH All these years I overlooked them in theracket of the rest, thissymbiotic splash of plant and fungus feedingon rock, on sun, a little moisture, air —tiny acid-factories dissolvingsalt from living rocks andeating them. Source: Ring of Bone: Collected Poems of Lew Welch 

Sky Lakes

Sky Lakes

High in the Oregon Cascade Mountains, south of Crater Lake National Park is Sky Lakes Wilderness. There are many beautiful high mountain lakes in the Wilderness, thus the name. Here are panoramic photos of four of them:

The Outdoor Recreation Economy

The Outdoor Recreation Economy

Outdoor recreation is an important contributor to the U.S. economy. In this article, you will learn the size of that contribution.

Where to Hike?

Where to Hike?

Looking for a great place to hike, but don’t have a clue? Here are four ways to discover your new favorite trail.

The Creation of Crater Lake

Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park is home to the deepest lake in the United States. How did that lake form? This National Park Service video includes an animation that makes clear how Mt. Mazama disappeared and Crater Lake was formed.

Trash Reminder

Trash Reminder

Glacier National Park recently released a reminder to those that have decided its OK to drop trash around our National Parks.

Ibis on the Farm

Ibis on the Farm

One of the interesting things about living on a farm is that farm operations can briefly change environmental conditions. Wildlife reacts immediately to these changes. When we cut our grass hay, the ground is suddenly available and various predators from eagles to owls to coyotes arrive to feast on the newly available mice. When we […]

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