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Youth in conservation

“You were a Park Ranger?  My son wants to become a Park Ranger, can you talk with him?” Such is the conversation I’m having with a woman I met on the trail last summer in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.  It’s a common question I get when people found out I…

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Nature Recreation

Shooting? In the wilderness?

The Wilderness Act, signed into law in 1964, created the National Wilderness Preservation System and recognized wilderness as “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain….an area of undeveloped Federal land retaining its primeval…

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What is wilderness?

As I walked down the trail, I glimpse the sign in the distance.  Weathered, the light brown color fading, it marks a special boundary.  Indian Peaks Wilderness.  While this sign in simple terms means relatively little, in larger terms wilderness symbolizes so much more.  Particularly in the world we live…

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There is no poop fairy

Walking up the trail, a golden retriever dashed down the hill towards Simon and Shawnee, tails wagging boisterously.  Next came the “doggie hello” – as the dogs circled each other, and sniffed the hind quarters.  Before I knew it, a labrador retriever and a poodle had joined the mix.  It…

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