Denali's original two million acres are designated as wilderness area — no motorized equipment or transport allowed. That's a boon for backcountry enthusiasts, but come winter it's also a lot of frozen land for rangers to patrol.
Get ready to hike, climb, and explore your public lands. National parks and forests, BLM areas, and other federally managed lands will remain open for outdoor business, now that a government shutdown has been averted.
The American Alpine Club is leading an environmental mountaineering expedition to Peru’s highest mountain range, the Cordillera Blanca. Mountaineers and scientists will collect soil, water, snow, glacial ice, and air samples to determine environmental impacts.
Politicians have temporarily avoided a potential government shutdown. But until Congress passes an appropriations bill, a government shutdown is still a possibility. If funding expires, outdoor enthusiasts could find access to public lands, like National Parks and National Forests, cut off.
A year ago, President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors initiative to create a national dialogue and agenda about conservation and recreation in America. The result is "America’s Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Generations" released this week.
The Forest Service unveiled its proposed Forest Planning Rule which the agency says "would establish a new national framework to develop land management plans that protect water and wildlife and promote vibrant communities." It's open for public comment through May 16, 2011.
The South Pole can expect an increase in traffic for the upcoming 100-year anniversaries of the historic Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott expeditions.
The National Park Service has developed a draft plan to manage helicopter and airplane flights over the park and address aircraft noise. The plan is open for public review and comment through June 6, 2011.
The National Park Service is considering raising mountaineering fees in Denali and Mount Rainier National Parks, and outdoor groups have taken note and raised concerns.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced that the National Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 selected dates throughout 2011.