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Occupy Oak Flat asks Obama to declare site a national monument

Tonto National Forest One executive action most conservatives hate is the establishment of a national monument, which the president can do without congressional approval. He/She marks out some land on a map, declares it ecologically or culturally significant, gives it a name, and signs a piece of paper prohibiting most development on the site. Show More Summary

Blue Jay to Los Piños Peak

2 days agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

Los Piños Peak sits at 4,455 feet above sea level in the Cleveland National Forest, just west of the Main Divide between Orange and Riverside Counties. There are other more strenuous routes to this summit, but this route is made easier because you start at over 3,000 feet. Show More Summary

Small Peak in Robinson Ranch

2 days agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

Small Peak is the name my friend John gave this knoll in the foothills of the Cleveland National Forest behind Orange County’s Robinson Ranch. This hike is a 3 mile out-and-back route that climbs up to this little peak, which in spite of its name, has some big views over much of Orange County. At […] The post Small Peak in Robinson Ranch appeared first on SoCal Hiker.

Sitton Peak Trail

2 days agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

At 3,273 feet above sea level, Sitton Peak has commanding 360 degree views of the Cleveland National Forest. On clear days, you can see the ocean and  even Catalina Island. The elevation gain and distance makes this a good intermediate level hike. The first section of the trail is single track, but much of the […] The post Sitton Peak Trail appeared first on SoCal Hiker.

National Get Outdoors Day = No Fees in Angeles Forest

2 days agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

Saturday, June 8, 2013 is National Get Outdoors Day, and you can visit the Angeles National Forest without an Adventure Pass. National Get Outdoors Day (or GO Day) was created in 2008 to encourage people to get outdoors, get active and explore. Show More Summary

New Forest National Park Camping

Inspired Camping... Smoothing the edges of roughing it! Cool Camping and Glamping UK and Worldwide The area known as the New Forest covers a large section of Southern England and is a recommendation from us if you ever get the chance to visit the area on a camping holiday. Show More Summary

Poetry

HAIKU Deep in the forest Smoke rising to the treetops The arsonist laughs — This poem appears in the March 9, 2015, print issue of National Review.

As Obama arrives, remember the lessons of Pullman

Like the Petrified Forest National Park, the national monument that President Barack Obama will dedicate Thursday in Chicago is a place of arresting beauty. The back story of Pullman isn't pretty.

University Students Find Bigfoot Evidence?

Interesting parallels with this recent news story and a Bigfoot sighting report I investigated over a dozen years ago from the Angelina National Forest.

Drunk mountain gorilla punches photographer, who got the shot.

2 weeks agoHumor : Boing Boing

Photo: Caters News Agency Photographer Christophe Courteau was taking images of mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park forest when the group's alpha male charged him. Read the rest

The Conscience and Curse Ridden Return of Stolen Petrified Forest Rocks

3 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

In Bad Luck, Hot Rocks: Conscience Letters and Photographs from the Petrified Forest, Ryan Thompson and Phil Orr document everything in the national park's "conscience pile" — the name park employees give the mound of rocks that have been returned by guilty thieves. Show More Summary

Wyoming Hunter’s Elk Harvest Certified as New World Record

Wyoming's Shoshone National Forest is widely considered one of the best public lands in North America to hunt elk, yet few people expected a world record to emerge from those woods. Albert Henderson of Burlington did not expect it either, yet by th...

NSF Grant Awarded to Wake Forest University to Fund Summer Research Program

Wake Forest University math professor receives a National Science Foundation grant in the amount of $258,354 to begin a summer research program for undergraduates interested in number theory research.

Transfer of Arizona national forest to mining firm divides blighted town

3 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Leslie Martin's boutique is among the few businesses on Superior's Main Street not boarded up, making it one of the last places where locals can still gather to talk.

Letters of Woe and Curses Returned with Stolen Pieces of the Petrified Forest

3 weeks agoArts : Hyperallergic

The fossilized remains of an ancient forest, dazzling with glints of opal and amethyst, have tempted many a visitor to Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park.

First Yosemite Rare Fox In 100 Years (INTERVIEW)

You remember the spectacular rock climb at Half Dome a few weeks ago? In a more remote part of California’s Yosemite National Park, a motion-sensitive camera placed by Forest Service wildlife biologists has twice recorded another unusual phenomenon. Show More Summary

Inner Beginners, Entrepreneurs and the Future of Creativity

Creativity favors the inner beginner. This was the message we took home last month from a national symposium on creativity at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. A light green haze hung in the dogwoods in and around campus, but spring was not the only thing in the air there. Show More Summary

Conscience rocks

last monthHumor : Kottke.org

Removal of items from US National Parks is illegal (or at least highly frowned upon). In the case of the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, the removal of petrified wood has come to be seen by some as unlucky. Bad Luck, Hot Rocks...Show More Summary

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