Outdoor recreation businesses file lawsuit to protect the Boundary Waters

photo: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota

Plaintiffs cite irreparable harm to a vital economic driver and negative financial consequences for local businesses.

On June 21, nine local businesses that rely on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to support jobs and that contribute to a sustainable economy in northeastern Minnesota filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior challenging the reinstatement of two long-expired mineral leases … [more…]

A celebration of water: the world’s greatest lakes, rivers and oceans to photograph

photo: A celebration of water - the world’s greatest lakes, rivers and oceans to photograph

“Water allows you to produce breathtaking images that stimulate the human emotion because it’s such a wonderful element. You can do so many things with it,” says landscape photographer Charlie Waite. “It’s a mobile element. It’s never the same twice.

“Water absorbs the light. You get the image in reality and you get it reflected. A reflection isn’t just a corny old cliched thing. It’s a great phenomenon. Take yourself … [more…]

Preserve Our Prairies Initiative

photo: prairie preservation areas

The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) is a lush and productive ecosystem of wetlands and grasslands that evolved after the glaciers retreated 10,000 years ago. The PPR has the world’s best waterfowl nesting habitat, producing a fall flight of ducks unrivaled anywhere on earth. Healthy wetlands are crucial for prairie-nesting ducks, providing nutrients for egg laying and nursery grounds for broods.

Tragically, these vital wetlands continue to be drained and degraded. … [more…]

White-Water Rafting the Nantahala River in North Carolina

photo: Nantahala River - white-water rafting - North Carolina

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The Nantahala River is a river in western North Carolina in the United States, within the Nantahala National Forest, and near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Two-lane U.S. Highway 19/74, once part of the Trail of Tears, runs along the river, picnic areas dotting the route.

The River rises near the border of Georgia and North Carolina, close to the Southern Nantahala Wilderness and the Appalachian Trail.

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Marine Sanctuaries: The Secret Report the White House Doesn’t Want You to Read

photo: coastline and tide pools. Marine Sanctuaries: The Secret Report the White House Doesn’t Want You to Read

It’s a simple choice, really. Do we want our National Marine Sanctuaries to be used for recreation, education, fishing and ecological protection? Or do we want to hand these ocean gems over the oil and gas industry so they can expand offshore drilling off our coasts? For the past six months, the federal administration has been studying this very question.

Following the Trump administration’s Executive Order: The America First Energy … [more…]