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  Every day, the average American family uses 300 gallons of drinking water, for consumption, bathing, cooking, laundry, and other household chores, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Where that water originates and how it is cleaned are questions we rarely consider, though, and we forget that much of the process starts at the…

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I believe every American in a position of leadership has a duty to speak out about the crisis of racism and White violence gripping our country. I made a statement last week that reflects my point of view as a fundamentally optimistic person. Today my optimism remains unchanged, but I’m angrier. It’s the right time…

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For immediate release June 3, 2020 Maine organizations receive $1 million federal grant to protect over 16,000 acres of wildlife habitat  Funds to support 3 federally Endangered, 2 federally Threatened and 9 state Endangered species Portland, ME June 2, 2020—Four Maine conservation organizations will share a $1 million grant from the federal North American Wetlands…

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Elizabeth Hawley’s unique journalistic pilgrimage by Billi Bierling When I arrived at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on March 26, 2018, something felt different. Something was missing. After fidgeting around in my rucksack to find my phone, it suddenly became clear to me what it was. It was my usual telephone call to Elizabeth Hawley…

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There’s the entire history of our country to unpack from the racist violence that’s marked the past few weeks in America. I’m not qualified to do that. But I will say that at a time when the outdoors is for many of us the only refuge, the assault or murder of a jogger, a bird-watcher,…

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  I’m standing in the dining room at AMC’s Madison Spring Hut, and even though it’s late August, I can’t get warm. Two friends and I have just returned from Mount Madison’s 5,366-foot summit, where a sturdy gale-force wind battered our sweat-soaked bodies already weary from a climb that covered 3,500 feet of elevation in…

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  For more than four decades, Ken Powley has made his living on the Lehigh River. The founder of Whitewater Challengers, a whitewater rafting company in Weatherly, Pa., Powley has guided thousands of visitors over rapids, through a forested gorge and rugged terrain reminiscent of the famed whitewater rivers of the West. For Powley, this…

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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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