Bulletin: Across the Region

A photo posted on the Mount Washington Observatory’s Facebook page this month shows a particularly hazy sunrise resulting from smoke that drifted east from West Coast wildfires.  In 2018, California’s wildfire season brought higher death counts, greater financial destruction, and longer burning seasons—a record that has now been surpassed by this year’s devastating West Coast…

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  If there’s anything 2020 has taught us, it’s that for those who live in and around cities, walkable access to a decent-sized park is a physical, social, and emotional necessity. And yet, according to data compiled by the Trust for Public Land (TPL), nearly a third of all Americans—100 million people—do not have a…

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  Since taking office, the Trump administration has, through the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies, been hard at work dismantling more than 100 environmental rules that protect and preserve American land, water, and wildlife from pollution, development, and oil and gas drilling. Environmental regulations help prevent “haphazard and harmful and random and unfair…

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  The Great American Outdoors Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation signed by President Trump on Tuesday, August 4, will provide as much as $1.9 billion annually to address the massive backlog of maintenance projects on federal public lands—including national parks, forests, and refuges—and will permanently fund a federal program that has supported outdoor conservation in…

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Whether it’s a bag stuck in a tree or a bottle floating in a pond or stream, litter of single-use plastics is not only an eyesore; it is damaging to the natural environment, endangering our trails and waterways. Each year, the nonprofit Break Free from Plastic—a “global movement working to stop plastic pollution for good”—sets…

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Hispanics enjoy regular time outdoors at nearly twice the rate they did a decade ago—and population changes aren’t the only reason why. Moderate outdoor participation—defined as happening about once a month—occurred among 10.3 percent of self-identified Hispanics in 2018, up from 5.3 percent in 2008, according to the 2019 Outdoor Participation Report, an annual survey…

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Every fall since 2013, Dave and Monica Metsky of Somerville, Mass., have loaded their mountain bikes onto their car and driven the nearly 200 miles to Kingdom Trails in East Burke, Vt. There, they check into a rental home and spend several days biking at what Dave calls “the mecca of New England mountain biking.”…

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  Bill McKibben may turn 60 this year, but don’t expect that milestone to slow him down. McKibben, who helped grow a fledgling student group he founded at Vermont’s Middlebury College in 2007 into a global climate action movement with tens of thousands participating, has been taking environmentalists’ interests right to the well-heeled fossil fuel…

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Seventy percent of Maine’s 1.3 million residents regularly participate in outdoor recreation, with many more coming from out of state to enjoy Vacationland’s mountains, lakes, rivers, and iconic coastline. All that hiking, fishing, and paddling is big business. The outdoor recreation industry employed more than 40,000 Mainers—that’s 6 percent of the state’s population—and manufactured $328…

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Half a century ago, 20 million Americans took to their streets, parks, and campuses to celebrate the planet and decry the environmental degradation they saw around them. Earth Day 1970, America’s first, set the stage for milestone laws and regulations that protect the health of people and planet and sparked a global environmental movement that…

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