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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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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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  Reaching the summit of a mountain isn’t the only reason to head out on a hike. For the Indiana Jones in all of us, several Northeast hikes lead to or pass by “modern ruins”: tokens and hidden gems from recent American history, from old monuments to wreckage sites to abandoned estates. Grab a camera…

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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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You don’t have to venture far to get a taste of untamed nature, thanks to the efforts of more cities establishing urban wilds within their footprint. Often protected and managed through public–private partnerships, these areas are almost entirely unmaintained, allowing flora to grow with minimal human interference. They play a critical role in health and…

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I remember how I used to look at the woods at night. You see them in every horror movie, right before you lose cell signal, and there’s nowhere to go in the sudden snowstorm except for the creepy cabin at the dead end of the gravel road. I lived in that cabin—briefly. On Camel’s Hump…

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Snowshoeing has evolved from a mode for winter travel 6,000 years ago to a recreational sport with more than 4 million American participants. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced snowshoer looking to break in a new pair, it’s easy to take advantage of this workout and enjoy the crisp midwinter beauty on one of…

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Before dawn on January 12, the temperature at the summit of Mount Washington—famously home to some of the world’s worst weather—had already hit an eerily balmy 43 degrees Fahrenheit, nearly 50 degrees higher than the average mid-winter low. It was part of a two-day winter warmup that sent temperatures into the 60s and 70s across…

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Even if you’ve got the gear and have read all the books, winter camping can be intimidating. But don’t give up before you start! Winter may be the best time of the year to camp, even for beginners. Campgrounds won’t be overrun, and you’ll have the time and space to refine your newly acquired skills….

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