A. F. Litt

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ForestWatch Takes Trump Administration to Court Over Public Access to Carrizo Plain Review Documents

The Carrizo Plain was reviewed along with 26 other national monuments around the country last year. Photo by Ronald L. Williams.<p><i>Santa Barbara, CA</i> — …


At Bears Ears, Trump and Zinke ignored everyone but industry

Newly released documents show that locals had little voice in monument decisions.



More than three months after President Donald Trump ordered the reduction of Utah’s two large national monuments, the Interior Department has …


Former Head of National Park Service Talks Conservation's Future

Jonathan Jarvis on the next generation of conservation leaders<p>“Small books can have big aims,” Jonathan Jarvis and Gary Machlis write in the first …

National Parks

Former Coal Lobbyist On Tap For No. 2 Spot At EPA

President Trump's nominee for deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, has spent much of his career working for less oversight from the agency.<p>A longtime aide to Sen. James Inhofe, known for his climate-denying antics on the floor of the Senate, Wheeler worked on …

Tom Carper

Virginia Man Still Clings to Ownership of North Carolina’s Sunken Shelly Island

Shelly Island, the mysterious landmass that captured the world’s imagination when it formed suddenly off the shore of North Carolina’s barrier …

Country Lifestyle


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Ice Mountain and Pikas in the Gorge

<i>By Steve Stampfli. Feb. 28, 2018.</i> Many folks are aware that a small rabbit-related species, called the <i>American pika,</i> inhabits some low-elevation …

British Columbia

It’s time to say last rites over American conservatism

It is time to read last rites over the American conservative movement. After years of drifting steadily toward extreme positions, conservatism is dead, replaced by a far right that has the Republican Party under its thumb.<p>Conservatism is a complex creed, some of it less than appealing and some of …

Political Science

Amazing 20 Most Dangerous Hiking Trails in the World

Our world is filled with the most amazing natural wonders, ones so spectacular that it’s hard to keep ourselves away from them, no matter how …


Birthday Greetings - Grand Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

<i>©George Jacobi 2018</i><p>These jagged ‘waves’ bear tidings of rough weather, a faraway storm somewhere past the limits of our imperfect vision. The storm …

National Parks

Keys View. Joshua Tree National Park. December 2016.

Nature Turned the Sky Above Rome into Terrifying TV Static

Drivers looked up and saw the Matrix.<p>William Gibson’s seminal sci-fi novel <i>Neuromancer</i> opens with an unforgettably bleak line: “The sky above the port …

Eastern Europe

Watchtower Level 3 - Before & After Conservation Work - 6554

Rich Fossil Trove Found on Land Removed From Bears Ears Monument

The discovery calls attention to rollbacks on national monuments, which have weakened protections for important fossil sites.<p>More than 200 million years ago in what's now southern Utah, crocodile-like creatures called phytosaurs roamed the landscape. Now, their fossilized skeletons have been …


Trump's Budget Will Destroy National Parks

Recently, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke employed a bait-and-switch defense of President Trump’s bait-and-switch budget proposal for the Department of the Interior.<p>The bait? An $18 billion fund for fixing the National Park Service’s massive maintenance backlog. The switch? It’d be paid for by …

National Parks

Lewis takes some time on Feb. 15th, 1806 to describe the mammals they have observed during the later part of their journey. Lewis writes “The quadrupeds of this countrey from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocian are first the Domestic Animals, consisting of the Horses and Dogs only; 2ndly the Native Wild Animals, consisting of the White, brown, or Grizly bear (which I believe to be the same family with a mearly accidentail difference in point of Colour) The Black Bear, the Elk, the Common red Deer, the Mule deer, the black tailed fallow Deer, the large brown wolf, the Small wolf of the Plains, the large wolf of the Plains, Panther, the tiger cat, the common red fox, the black fox or fisher, the Silver fox, large red fox of the plains, Small fox of the plains or kit fox, Antelope, Sheep, beaver, Common Otter, Sea Otter, minks, Seals racoons, large Grey Squerrel, Small brown Squirrel, Small grey Squirrel, Ground Squirrel, Sewelel, Braror, rat, mouse, mole, hare, rabbet, and pole Cat or Skunk. all of which Shall be Severally noticed in the order in which they occur as well as Such others as I learn do exist, and which not been here recapitulated.” Your Lewis and Clark trivia of the day: What is a sewelel? #lewisandclark #lewisandclarknhp #fortclatsop #lewisandclarktrivia #mammals #journal

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We're back!!! and we finally made it to The Subway! Sorry we've been a little MIA for the last few months...with Ricky's achilles tearing and another tragic event (hard drive with all our photos crashed) we haven't been able to post much. But, it's good to be back 🙌🏼 P.S. if you haven't backed up your hard drives we recommend you do it, NOW!

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Trail-side views from the High Peaks Route through Pinnacles National Park.

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Why Some Western Towns Live Or Die

Ray Rasker is keenly aware of the negative aphorism, the one often associated with members of his profession who are assailed for only "knowing the</i> …


Snowy meadow trails and blue skies and elk 💩 sightings (but no elk)...

3 dead, 4 rescued after Grand Canyon helicopter crash

PHOENIX (AP) — Four survivors of a deadly tour helicopter crash onto the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon were being treated at a Nevada hospital on Sunday while crews tackled difficult terrain in a remote area to try to recover the bodies of three other people.<p>Six British tourists and a pilot were …

Las Vegas

Ranger Shelton Johnson Speaks about Black History Month

Black History

The Temple Ruins Cedar Mesa Utah Bears Ears National Monument

Bears Ears National Monument

Late-night hosts on Trump's military parade: 'Who has dictator bingo?'

Comics, including Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee, discussed Trump’s hankering for a military parade and the Nunes memo fallout<p>Late-night hosts on Wednesday discussed reports that Donald Trump wants to hold a military parade and the rightwing media’s smear campaign against the FBI.<p>Stephen Colbert: …

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