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Snowmobile trails to be open as usual in Snowy Range | Outdoors

Motorized recreation in the Snowy Range should go on as usual this winter despite the Mullen Fire’s burn footprint, which covers a large swath of the snowmobile trail network in that area.

Josh Milek, a regional supervisor for the Wyoming Trails Program, said a recent trail assessment revealed that none of the trail corridors were impacted by the fire. Some trail markers were damaged, and a high wind event in September blew down a lot of trees that need clearing out, but otherwise the trails are ready to go.

“The plan is to have all the trails open,” he said.

The Wyoming Trails Program partners with public lands agencies — in this case the U.S. Forest Service — to maintain seasonal trails around the state. The Snowy Range has 180 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and 145 miles of ungroomed trails that provide access to thousands of acres of backcountry

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  • November 28, 2020

OUTDOORS: Safety should be key for seasons | Sports

Hunters in Illinois should think safety before, during and after their time in the field this fall and winter as waterfowl, upland game, furbearer, and firearm and archery deer seasons provide ample opportunity to enjoy time in the outdoors in Illinois.

“We want to encourage hunters to make safety their first priority as they head out to enjoy what we hope will be a successful hunting season for everyone,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Colleen Callahan. “Illinois’ hunting heritage is best celebrated by making sure hunters can spend their time experiencing the bounty nature provides for us and returning home safely to plan for their next hunting adventure.”

The IDNR Office of Law Enforcement, which administers the state’s Hunter Safety Education Program, has investigated seven hunting incidents so far during 2020. In 2019, there were 20 hunting incidents reported in all hunting seasons in Illinois. Among the

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  • November 14, 2020

The best things to do outdoors in Manchester during lockdown

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Serenity, Manchester – Getty

Manchester’s tourism and hospitality venues may be temporarily closed but there are still plenty of outdoor activities in the city, where you can exercise and boost your mood at the same time. From alfresco art and an ancient deer park to views over the city, here’s where you can discover more of Manchester, safely, this lockdown.

Five Manchester adventures

1. Enjoy alfresco art in the city centre

Manchester is famous for its creativity and, on a walk around the city centre’s Northern Quarter, you can take in some of its best street art. Start at the wrought-iron gates of its former wholesale fish market on High Street to see an enormous new mural of NHS nurse Melanie Senior opposite, which was commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery. Then head up recently pedestrianised Thomas Street to Stevenson Square. On your way, stop to look at a painting

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  • November 7, 2020

Initiative closes off some streets in Durham to give residents more space outdoors

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in North Carolina, Durham started an initiative that has closed off some residential streets to give residents more space to social distance outdoors.

The City of Durham’s Shared Streets Initiative has fully launched as a total of seven residential streets have closed to thru traffic so that families can have more space for running, walk, jogging, and biking.

Glendale Avenue and Watts Street were the first streets to close to thru traffic in September. An additional five streets — including Alma, Benjamine, Spruce, Maple, and Taylor — were all implemented into the program throughout the month of October.

Aidil Ortiz, who is a member of Durham’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, sat at the intersection of Taylor and North Maple streets on Friday afternoon where she touched up the paint on a colorful traffic circle in the

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  • October 31, 2020

Our Outdoors: Vote Like Your Hunting & Fishing Depends on It | Hunting and Outdoors

Some hunting seasons bring snow, cold, winds and inhospitable conditions which we as hunters prepare for in order to pursue an oft-anticipated portion of our year, and in the end find success in the field through our efforts.  These efforts may start way back in spring or summer, getting into shape through a workout regimen, sighting in a new rifle, or logging countless rounds of trap, skeet or sporting clays to feel comfortable with our physical abilities and shooting skills.  The purchase of gear, particularly that cold-weather clothing, helps us further get ready for what any hunting season may throw at us as the days get shorter and cooler.  The amount of time invested to overcome the challenges of both the conditions and our quarry can be monumental. 

This year, sportsmen and society face other headwinds leading into the turn of the calendar page to November, and it isn’t just

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  • October 22, 2020

Zip-line through trees at Lexington’s Boone Creek Outdoors

Leaves of bright gold and deep red dance with their green counterparts on a chilly fall morning.

As the cool breeze blows, some flutter from their branches and float gently to the ground below.

“The fall colors out there are just immaculate,” Adam Downs marvels.

He’s about to show nine new people the fall colors like they’ve never seen them before: Gliding from steel cables some 200 feet in the air at speeds topping 40 miles an hour.

The manager and guide at Boone Creek Outdoors can’t imagine a more unique perspective for people to experience the beauty of Bluegrass autumn than flying between the trees on a canopy and zip line tour.

High above the creek, Jada McKenzie, a guide at Boone Creek Outdoors in Lexington, Ky., rides a zip across a quarry. Arden Barnes

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Jada McKenzie, a guide at Boone Creek Outdoors, (bottom) and Adam Downs, manager and
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  • October 22, 2020

Funding available for canoe, kayak access projects | Outdoors

PITTSBURGH — The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking grant applicants for its Canoe Access Development Fund, which supports projects that will improve canoe and kayak access to the region’s waterways.

Founded in 2008 by WPC donors and outdoor enthusiasts Roy Weil and Mary Shaw, WPC’s Canoe Access Development Fund provides grants to watershed organizations and other community groups to make the region’s rivers and streams more accessible for outdoor recreation by developing and improving access sites for canoeists, kayakers and anglers. Currently, 81 CADF-supported projects are completed and open to the public along 34 different waterways in 20 counties.

New access sites proposed for grant funding should be located along a stream or river featured in Weil and Shaw’s “Canoeing Guide to Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia” (located online at or a similar resource, or be recognized as a paddling waterway in Western Pennsylvania.

Kelly Williams, watershed specialist

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  • October 18, 2020

Ariel Whitely-Noll: Fall a great time to explore outdoors – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

Fall is one of the best times of the year to get out into nature, and take your kids, to hike and explore.

The cooler temperatures and changing leaves create unique opportunities to see changes in the natural world. In Shawnee County and across the state, there are hundreds of miles of beautiful trails to be enjoyed.

To start your hiking adventures, you have to pick a trail. Locally, Shawnee County Parks and Recreation offers 50 miles of trails within the county. These trails include paved trails for kids just learning to ride their bikes and unpaved trails for the adventurous hiker. Consider visiting the Dornwood trails for a nature walk or look for wildlife at the Warren Nature Area. You can find a complete trail guide at

If you’re interested in seeing new parts of the state, the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism has wonderful trail

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  • October 3, 2020

More city dwellers embracing camping, outdoors with mixed results

When Christina Ramos announced she was going camping for the first time this summer, her friends got worried.

“They thought I wasn’t going to make it,” said the 29-year-old New Jersey native, who was planning an outdoors-oriented trip to Michigan for her friend Paola’s 29th birthday.


Determined to prove them wrong, Ramos spent weeks preparing for the trip, shelling out hundreds of dollars on what she thought was must-have gear from Amazon and Target.

Despite all her meticulous planning — and a roommate who even filmed an instructional video about how to properly set up a tent — Ramos had trouble assembling it.


“When I got to the campground, I don’t know why but I couldn’t get the video

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  • September 30, 2020

10 fun things to do outdoors in Arizona this weekend

Social distancing doesn’t have to limit your Labor Day weekend options in the time of COVID-19.

You can stay close to home and meet new species of animals, glide across a lake on a kayak and go see a movie at a drive-in. More ambitious travelers who live in the West can take a road trip: Find the perfect spot for stargazing in northern Arizona or visit a mountain town straight out of the Swiss Alps over toward New Mexico.

Here are 10 things you can do outdoors in Phoenix and around Arizona for Labor Day weekend 2020, curated by The Arizona Republic, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.

Meet the new animals at Wildlife World Zoo

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park in Litchfield Park welcomed several new species, including the endangered pygmy hippo, while it was closed for five months due to COVID-19. Recent newcomers

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  • September 5, 2020