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Hiking News - February 2009


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 Friday, 27 February 2009

When state and national legislators begin to look at closing parks as a possible budget-cutting measure, the country's hikers get nervous. Will their favorite parks be affected? Will access to hiking and camping be limited and park gates closed?

As states consider where to cut to balance their overall budgets, the "extras" come under close scrutiny, and parks are seen by some as extra
s. Several states have already considered cutting funds to support their parks. Among them: Florida, Hawaii, New Jersey, California, and Illinois; and they are not alone.

The nation's parks offer hiking trails for hikers of all levels of experience, ability and desire. Ladies Hiking editor Judith Harlan describes a beginners' hike at Muir Woods National Monument ( located just north of San Francisco) in the latest addition to the ladies-hiking.com Website (www.ladies-hiking.com). The 560-acre Muir Woods park includes six miles of trails, with one of them, the Mail Trail Loop, offering access to virtually everyone.

"That's one of the beauties of this loop: everyone can walk or roll through the redwoods and enjoy the deep greens, magnificent redwoods and lush wet air," says Harlan in "A Walk in the Muir Woods." The path is one of the best illustrations of the value of parks. "You spend an hour amongst these majestic redwoods, and you can't help but become interested in the survival of our forests and environment," Harlan says.

Ladies-Hiking, launched by women hiking enthusiasts, introduces women to the joys and how-to's of hiking. The site covers hiking from a woman's perspective and includes articles on such topics as the recipe for GORP, favorite water bottles, and stories about hiking – all shared by women connecting through their zest for walking in the woods.

Ladies-hiking is new says its editor, and it's reaching out to women, inviting them to add their trail stories, share their favorites and their accompanying hiking photos.

Source: www.prlog.org


 Thursday, 26 February 2009

RALEIGH -- The temporary closing of the middle section of Bear Island at Hammocks Beach State Park will be extended through April 15, to allow completion of a dredging project in the main approach channel to the island, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

Although dredging operations will cease by March 31, some construction activity is likely to continue on the isl
and for a short period.

Areas on Bear Island now closed to visitors include: the ferry basin, including the dock and bulkhead; and the roadway from the ferry waiting station to the beachfront and the middle section of the beach, including all campsites. Camping will not be permitted through April 15. Areas around Bogue Inlet and Bear Inlet at the eastern and western ends of the island remain accessible to boaters for recreation, and the state park's visitor center and mainland area remain open.

The state park's permit allows channel dredging to a width of 50 feet and a depth of nine feet, and some dredge spoil is being pumped onto the island’s beachfront. The project is funded by the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

Source: www.ncparks.gov


 Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Seattle, WA. — The American Camp Association® (ACA) is pleased to announce that the PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) program, a unique partnership between Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, has been awarded a 2009 Special Recognition Award.

Special Recognition Awards are presented annually by the American Camp Assoc
iation to honor groups, organizations or individuals for their efforts to promote camping with a profound significance on a national level.

PEAK provides the ABC's of environmental literacy to the next generation. Since 2002, nearly 575,000 children have been taught Leave No Trace principles through the PEAK program, an educational curriculum that teaches young people to be active stewards of outdoor recreational resources. The interactive program, available in English and Spanish, incorporates a series of hands-on and fun games, activities and lessons that are relevant for elementary school children and teens.

The development and implementation of PEAK is an outstanding contribution to the advancement of camping for a number of reasons.

• Every summer camp has an environment that could benefit from careful use. Island, forest, desert, mountain, woods, ocean, lake, meadow, park, and even landscaped locations benefit from campers who understand and apply Leave No Trace principles.

• PEAK has the power to pique the interest of youth attending summer camp. PEAK trainers and REI employees deliver PEAK to youth in many urban settings.

• The PEAK program inspires participants to get outside and enjoy outdoor pursuits responsibly so that shared natural spaces can be enjoyed by future generations. After experiencing PEAK, children are more likely to go camping, or find themselves on the trail with their youth groups and/or families.

• PEAK reflects REI's long-standing commitment to provide opportunities for young people to experience the joys of outdoor recreation and learn how to care for open spaces and shared public lands.

For more information about the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics or PEAK program, visit www.lnt.org and lnt.org.

Source: www.outdoorindustry.org


 Tuesday, 24 February 2009

RALEIGH -- Bills to formally authorize Grandfather Mountain State Park, setting the stage for creation of North Carolina's newest state park alongside the famous attraction, have been introduced in both houses of the N.C. General Assembly, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

Approval would formally name the new state park and allow the state parks system to designat
e as parkland 2,456 acres to be purchased from the Morton family. Primary sponsors of Senate Bill 89 are senators Joe Sam Queen of Haywood County, Steve Goss of Watauga County and Jim Jacumin of Burke County. Primary sponsors of House Bill 128 are Representatives Phillip Frye of Mitchell County, Edgar V. Starnes of Caldwell County and Cullie M. Tarleton of Watauga County.

An agreement for the state to purchase the undeveloped, backcountry portion of Grandfather Mountain was announced in September. Funding for the $12 million acquisition will come equally from the Parks and Recreation and Natural Heritage trust funds.

"Along with approval of the purchase by the Council of State and the formal closing, this is a benchmark in the creation of what will become one of North Carolina's signature state parks, and we’re grateful for such broad legislative support," said Lewis Ledford, director of state parks.

"We have been meeting regularly with Crae Morton and other officials of Grandfather Mountain Inc. to finalize a plan for management of this property and its 12 miles of trails during the transition."

The heirs of company founder Hugh Morton continue to operate the travel destination with its nature center, wildlife habitats and "mile-high" swinging bridge on a paid admission basis. The acquisition agreement gives the state a conservation easement on that 749 acres of the original property.

The acquisition was arranged in 2008 with the help of The Conservation Fund and one of its directors, Mike Leonard, and The Nature Conservancy, which holds conservation easements on the mountain and surrounding properties totaling close to 4,000 acres. The property lies in Watauga, Avery and Caldwell counties, and contains the headwaters of both the Watauga and Linville Rivers. Developed as an attraction by Hugh Morton in the 1950s, it boasts 73 rare species and is distinguished by the 5,946-foot Calloway Peak.

Source: www.ncparks.gov


 Monday, 23 February 2009

AMHERST, Mass. – OrthoLite is proud to announce that it has signed a sponsorship agreement as the preferred insole partner with American Hiking Society (AHS) and Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). In addition, the company will continue its sponsorship with the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) as the official insole of the 2009 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team for the second consecutive year. OrthoLite is the world's leading supplier of open cell foam insoles in the performance and footwear categories.

"Partnering with AHS, RRCA and ATRA is an exciting endeavor for us," said Pamela Gelsomini, President of OrthoLite. "These partnerships help us support world-class athletes with technical OrthoLite comfort and build lasting relationships with the hiking, running and trail running communities."

American Hiking Society (AHS)

"We are very excited to have OrthoLite as an official 2009 sponsor; their support helps us continue our mission of protecting the nation's trails and hiking experience," said Margie Cohen, AHS Director of Marketing and Development. "OrthoLite's generous contribution will support our conservation, outreach, education, grant and assistance programs."

Road Runners Club of America (RRCA)

"OrthoLite's support of RRCA demonstrates our shared commitment to dedicated runners across the nation," stated Jean Knaack, RRCA Executive Director. "Our partnership with OrthoLite will help us continue to represent and promote the common interest of our member clubs, events, and individual runners through education, leadership, programs and other services."

American Trail Running Association (ATRA)

"We are thrilled to continue OrthoLite's sponsorship in year two," said Nancy Hobbs, Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team manager. "Their support is integral to the continued growth of our team through marketing, advertising, and recruitment of new talent. This partnership with OrthoLite will help the team perform at their best as they chase medals at Worlds."

Source: www.businesswire.com


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