By Eric Sharp, Detroit Free Press - Fri, May 20, 2011 10:24 am
GRAYLING, Mich. — “That’s the first time I’ve put up a tent in 25 years,” a friend said as he set up for an overnight fishing trip. “These new tents are great. It was easy.” He’s right; modern tents and camping gear are simple to set up and use—as long as all the parts are there and in working order. With the traditional May 30 start of the camping season around much of the nation, this would be... Read more.
By Dennis Anderson, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) - Fri, May 13, 2011 2:36 pm
MINNEAPOLIS — Conservation officer Lisa Kruse has extracted an angry raccoon from a suburban hot tub and thwarted the picture-window rampages of a kamikaze-style ruffed grouse—two unusual types of “invasive species.” Now she and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ 136 other conservation officers will focus their considerable enforcement powers on far more threatening critters — zebra... Read more.
By Anthony York, The Los Angeles Times - Fri, May 13, 2011 2:32 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration announced plans Friday to close 70 state parks in an effort to balance the deficit-plagued state budget. The parks include the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, Palomar Mountain State Park in San Diego County, Fort Tejon State Historic Park in Kern County, Candlestick Point State Recreation Area in San Francisco, Tomales Bay State Park north of... Read more.
By The Associated Press - Fri, May 13, 2011 10:02 am
SALT LAKE CITY — Since 1986, the “Tree of Utah” has stood as a lone sculpture in the western desert along Interstate 80. Swedish artist Karl Momen, who created it, now has plans for a visitors center so more people can enjoy the towering sculpture. Some find the man-made tree fascinating, others have used it for target practice over the years. But the world-famous artist who fell in love with... Read more.
By The Associated Press - Fri, May 13, 2011 10:00 am
ST. GEORGE — The state Department of Transportation is offering southern Utah visitors and residents a chance to watch archeologists document history along the proposed route of a new four-lane highway. The department is offering four public tours of the future Southern Parkway on Thursday as part of Utah Archaeological Week. Archeologists study the 12-mile route to identify sites that may be... Read more.
By Dennis Anderson, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) - Thu, May 12, 2011 9:39 am
MINNEAPOLIS — Purchased along a stretch of two-lane blacktop in northern Wisconsin a few years back, my vintage pickup camper bit the dust this winter beneath a ton or two of snow. This was the same camper in which I took practice showers for two weeks before learning the exacting contortions required of all who master RV hygiene. Also during time I conquered the camper’s plumbing, heating and... Read more.
By Press Release - Wed, May 11, 2011 10:43 am
SALT LAKE CITY – Two people will be inducted into Utah’s Tourism Hall of Fame during the Utah Tourism Conference in Park City this week. The annual conference begins today and runs through Friday, May 13, 2011, at the Grand Summit Hotel at the Canyons Resort in Park City. Those selected include Bob Wheaton, president and general manager of Deer Valley Resort, and State Senator Dennis Stowell who... Read more.
By Eric Sharp, Detroit Free Press - Sun, May 1, 2011 11:14 pm
GRAYLING, Mich. — When charter captain Mike Pittiglio pushes the twin throttles of Muskie Mania to the three-quarter position, the 31-foot Sea Ray gets about eight-tenths of a mile per gallon at 30 miles per hour. “Used to be a guy with a 30-35 footer on Lake St. Clair could load the family aboard and run to Cedar Point for a weekend,” Pittiglio said, referring to the Lake Erie theme park about... Read more.
By Patrick Horne, The Associated Press - Mon, Feb 21, 2011 4:58 pm
Lot by lot, parcel by parcel, a jigsaw puzzle nearly 200 miles long is taking shape in Maine’s western mountains. When it’s completed, the picture it reveals will be a backcountry traveler’s dream. The nonprofit organization Maine Huts & Trails is fitting together pieces of public, private and Indian lands to create a hut-to-hut touring system that will run from the Bethel area on the New... Read more.
By StatePoint Media - Mon, Jan 24, 2011 1:27 pm
Year round, more families are taking to the great outdoors for fun activities. Whether for economic reasons or a desire to unplug from the world of computers and video games, parents are increasingly turning to local parks, wildlife outings and outdoor sports. While children are born with a curiosity about the natural world, more and more, digital media is absorbing young peoples' time, say... Read more.