America’s National Forests and Parks

Contemplating Hunger and Nature in the Jefferson National Forest

Secret Vistas By Glynn Wilson MARION, Va. – Listening to a babbling brook and watching the snow flakes gently fall in one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful acts, I am pondering the legend of the hungry mother who inspired the name of this place along the Hungry Mother Creek. As the story goes, back during…

The Year In Review for 2013

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Facebook users are faced with a new link on their pages promoting them to “See Your 2013 Year in Review: Look back at your 20 biggest moments from the past year.” The problem is, as usual with new technology, programming code is choosing those big moments for…

Federal Government Back to Work after Congress Passes Budget Deal

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By Glynn Wilson – Federal agencies began to reopen Thursday morning after Congress finally ended a rancorous funding fight that resulted in a 16-day government shutdown and drove the United States to the brink of financial default. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Democrat from Nevada, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Republican from Kentucky,…

New Study Documents Consequences of Climate Change on North American Forests

By Glynn Wilson – Climate change due to human induced global warming from the burning of fossil fuels makes North American forests more vulnerable to insects and disease, according to a new study published by a team of researchers from Dartmouth University in the journal Ecological Monographs. After reviewing about 500 scientific studies dating back…

What Federal Government Agencies and Services Are Affected During Shutdown?

Due to a lapse in funding, the U.S. federal government has shut down, according to USA.gov, which will not be updated during the shutdown, although the Website will remain available. Here’s a list of federal government services and how they will be affected during the shutdown: Government Services During the Shutdown Aviation – The Federal…

Autumn Leaf Color Season Approaches

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By Glynn Wilson – The autumn season is upon us, since the fall equinox occurred on September 22, and it is about to be a busy time of year for travelers who like to get outdoors and chase the changing leaf colors in the most beautiful of seasons in North America. According to officials in…

U.S. Forest Service Should Ban Fracking in All National Forests, Now

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The Big Picture: An Editorial – By Glynn Wilson – A proposal within the U.S. Forest Service to ban fracking in all national forests should be adopted by the Obama administration and codified into American law by Congress to make it permanent. After a plan to open up the Talladega National Forest to gas drilling…

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Attracts Urban Crowds

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By Glynn Wilson – Watch the video – ATLANTA, Ga. — The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area near Atlanta, Georgia attracts large crowds of hikers, joggers, bikers, kayakers and those from the big city who just want to float down the river in an inner tube or a rubber raft with a cooler of refreshing…

Secret Vistas: Waking Up on Lake Lurleen

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By Glynn Wilson – LAKE LURLEEN, Ala. – Jefferson and I woke up camped along Lake Lurleen in the State Park named after Alabama’s only female governor, Lurleen Burns-Wallace, and I snapped these photos with the new iPhone early in the morning as the dog took a swim. Unfortunately, this state park has yet to…

Celebrate Earth Day at Noccalula Falls

Residents of the area around Gadsden, Alabama, will celebrate Earth Day Sunday, April 27 at Noccalula Falls Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970, and it is now celebrated around the world,” said Peggie Griffin, Sierra Club co-chair for the event. “We want this Earth Day Celebration…

Camping With WiFi in the Talladega National Forest

Get Involved to Stop Fracking on Public Land – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – CANE CREEK, Ala. — Sitting here by the creek listening to the water flow over the rocks and the birds sing in the trees, it’s hard to believe anyone would want to clear off the top of every…

EPA Science Advisory Board Announces Panel to Review ‘Fracking’ Research

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s independent Science Advisory Board announced the formation of its Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory panel on Monday. The panel of independent experts is to peer review EPA’s 2014 draft report of results for its national study on any potential health and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, which…

Senators Question Sally Jewell, Obama’s Choice for Secretary of the Interior

By Michael Brune – Sierra Club Executive Director – Watching the members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources question Sally Jewell, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, brought to mind John McPhee’s classic Encounters with the Archdruid. To write that book, McPhee spent a year with David Brower (the “archdruid”…