Making Playgrounds Real

1. Making Playgrounds Real

By Eric Galatas, Public News Service – CO – Producer March 23, 2021 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Plastic- and rubber-dominated playgrounds in Colorado Springs have added winding pathways with tall grasses, gardens,...
The Outdoor Recreation Economy 2019

2. The Outdoor Recreation Ec...

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...
Lilac

3. 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...
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Natural Amenities Score for Your County

Natural Amenities Score for Your County
Back in 1999 the U.S. Department of Agriculture  published Natural Amenities Drive Rural Population Change by David A. McGranahan of the Food and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service....

Cairns: History, Use and Misuse

Cairns: History, Use and Misuse
    The profile of cairns rose recently when Arches National Park posting the following on their Facebook page: “Cairns may look like whimsical rock sculptures, but they are actually...

Nature Play

Nature Play
The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PLTA) says: “Unstructured, frequent childhood play in informal outdoor settings powerfully boosts the cognitive, creative, physical, social and...

When Lightning Strikes a Tree

When Lightning Strikes a Tree
Why does lightning strike trees? Lightning likes to strike trees because trees offer a nice conductor that gets the lightning into the ground with the minimum of resistance.  The key to this power...

Eli Elk and the Need for Conservation Funding

Eli Elk and the Need for Conservation Funding
Eli the Elk That’s Eli Elk (middle name ‘the’ with a small ‘t’).  His message is “Conserve today for access tomorrow.”  Eli is the brainchild of The Corps...

Horses, Canoes and Gift Fish: the Writings of Patr...

Horses, Canoes and Gift Fish: the Writings of Patrick McManus
You can’t always be out and about exploring during your adventures.  Sometimes it’s imperative that you sit on the ground, put your back against a tree and open a great book. Well,...

Izaak Walton League

Izaak Walton League
“If I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling.” Excerpt From: Izaak Walton. The Compleat Angler Basis of The Isaac Walton League As the author of The...

A 2,900 Mile Trail You Haven’t Heard Of R...

A 2,900 Mile Trail You Haven’t Heard Of – The East Coast Greenway
The East Coast Greenway Instead of a wilderness trail, how about an urban trail.  Not just a small trail either.  How about one that stretches all the way from Key West, Florida, to Calais, Maine,...

Dealing with the Smoke of Wildfires

Dealing with the Smoke of Wildfires
Every summer the forested lands of the western United States, and in other countries as well, burst into flames as humans make errors handling fire or lightning storms ignite trees from the sky....

Beneath the Deep Blue

Beneath the Deep Blue
To do their thing, explorers first learn everything they can from those that have come before.  Several years ago the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) delivered some results from their explorations...

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