People & Organizations
Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, is being recognized in the November issue of U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best leaders, for his achievements of fighting to preserve the planet through his business practices at the outdoor clothing company.
Trailspace has hired Tom Mangan as assistant editor. Mangan, an avid hiker and backpacker, will maintain and expand Trailspace’s online gear catalog database and write and edit outdoor gear guides, comparisons, and reviews.
John Gookin and Tom Reed know bear country. Both have hiked and camped among black bears and grizzlies for more than 20 years and taught hundreds of students the ropes as NOLS instructors. “NOLS Bear Essentials: Hiking and Camping in Bear Country,” is proof they know what they’re doing.
American Hiking Society supports a new bill, HR 1912 — the Complete America’s Great Trails Act. The bill which would grant a tax credit to private landowners who provide conservation easements to certified National Scenic Trails.
Want to know what Americans are up to outdoors? The Outdoor Foundation released its 2009 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report today. Youth involvement continues to fall, though not as sharply and with some signs of hope.
In 2008, American participation in outdoor recreation was marked by encouraging growth in important segments of core outdoor activities as well as continuing, though less dramatic, declines in youth participation, according to the 2009 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report.
Glen Van Peski, the founder of Gossamer Gear, first backpacked and sewed his own outdoor gear as a kid. But it was a 70-pound load on a Sierra backpacking trip with his son's Scout troop that got him designing ultralight packs.
The Outdoor Foundation, in partnership with Coleman, released the Special Report on Camping – a new research report detailing important information and trends on car, backyard, and RV campers in the U.S.
On Sunday, September 27, turn your TV to PBS for Ken Burns’s documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. A decade in the making, the six-part series explores a uniquely American and radical idea, that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone.
The National Park Service has reopened public comment on a proposed interim rule to manage snowmobile and snowcoach access at Yellowstone National Park. The interim rule would allow up to 318 snowmobiles in the park each day for the next two winters. Public comments are open through September 8.
Summit For Someone, a mountaineering fundraiser, has for five years provided alpine adventures to hundreds of climbers, who raise money for Big City Mountaineers’ wilderness programs for at-risk urban youth. A new program will allow prospective participants to try their hand at raising money before registration for 2010 opens.
Many of us enjoy reading a good survivor story. But, have you ever wondered about who survives these situations and why they specifically survived? Beyond the newscast sound bite, what really makes someone a member of the survivors club?
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar praised President Obama’s announcement that he intends to nominate Jonathan Jarvis to be director of the National Park Service. Jarvis, a 30-year veteran of the Park Service, currently is the regional director of the agency’s Pacific West Region.