Frontcountry

Fourmile Hot Spot Weekend

Fourmile Area, Buena Vista, CO: Checking back after your holiday weekend? Team West hopes you had a fun, safe, and memorable summer season kick-off. We know we did! For your viewing pleasure we've compiled our weekend spreading the good vibes and responsible play in Fourmile Travel Management Area, Buena Vista, CO. There were so many players this weekend, but we intend to do our best to recognize: Friends of Fourmile, USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Stay the Trail, Chaffee County Sheriff's Office and all of those who came out to enjoy...

It is what YOU make it.

On the trails, Utah. Today, mountain biking is one of the most popular forms of trail recreation. Responsible riding is essential to preserve the experiences you work so hard to get to and keep safe along the way. The International Mountain Bicycling Association ( IMBA ) formed to encourage low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA also created a standard code of mountain biker conduct, these six Rules of the Trail, recognized around the world are: 1. Ride OPEN trails...

Leave No Trace Program Development In Central Arkansas

In January of 2011, staff from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics traveled to central Arkansas to meet with a group of local government representatives, hiking, biking, running and equestrian club members, and key Leave No Trace volunteers. The focus of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of creating a Leave No Trace program for the Arkansas River Trail. The trail is located in Pulaski County in central Arkansas, and runs through both Little Rock and North Little Rock. The Trail parallels the river, stretching from the Clinton Presidential Library west through the Bill Clark...

The North Face Role Models with Ultramarathoner Mike Wardian

Peabody, MA . This weekend we traveled to The North Face store in Peabody, MA to meet North Face athlete and Ultramarathoner, Mike Wardian. Mike was at the store to inspire kids and families to get outdoors through a new program called The North Face Role Models. "We at The North Face love the outdoors, and believe that if people are introduced to the outdoors, they will foster a connection to our natural landscapes that will stay with them forever. Our goal is to inspire our next generation of explorers and conservationists by helping them discover nature's playground...

Twin Cities Travels

/*--> */ On the edge of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, the e-tour team got a chance to work with some outstanding students from Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights, MN. Along with their dedicated teacher, these students are helping work with the development of a brand-new nature center and learning about the outdoors and Leave No Trace along the way. During a day-long workshop, we got to talk about all seven principles, some techniques, and how to message the ideas to others both at their school and in the community. Drawing on their study in the classroom of different biomes and...

Mines & Pines

In an area once dominated by mine pits, the Leave No Trace e-tour team visited with an inspired and inspiring group of high school students to talk about Leave No Trace, protecting the outdoors, and really making an impact in your community. Along with the S.A.L.T., or Service Adventure Learning Team, from Crosby-Ironton High Shool, we headed out on a "Mines & Pines" event where we camped, talked about issues the students cared about, and got to enjoy some great outdoor recreation. Not content to simply master the skills of Leave No Trace, these students approach both their peers at...

Feed Us Quackers!

We've been camping in the beautiful County of San Diego, CA at Guajome Regional Park . An urban park with sprawling grounds, an abundance of wildlife and cool shady campsites, we have had excellent accommodations. However while cooking breakfast on our first day in this frontcountry campground, we had some unexpected and uninvited visitors adventure right up to our picnic table. Although both cute and interesting to observe, we know that this wildlife was looking for food handouts and must frequently get them from campers here. In fact, we saw them making their rounds each day. Human food is...

Sly as a Fox

Channel Islands National Park As the e-tour continues to head west, we leave the "sky islands" of Southern Arizona for the Channel Islands off the coast of California. This epic series of islands, designated a National Park in 1980, hosts a variety of endemic and fascinating species. As volcanic islands isolated from the mainland, these ecosystems have evolved in such a fashion where unique plants and animals can thrive without heavy competition. One example is the island fox , a distinct fox species that only grows to 12 to 15 inches in height. Although no larger than a house cat, the island...

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