They are part of a city goal for a”dog-positive parks system.” Studies say dog parks are sources of support, information sharing and collective action. Continue Reading →
What was the former emperor of France doing in Northern New York, about an hour’s drive south of the St. Lawrence River? Continue Reading →
The Sierra Club would like the Trap Hills part of the U.P.’s Ottawa National Forest to be added as a wildernss area, but public land agencies say they have no plans for major changes in Michigan. Continue Reading →
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An Ontario park launches kite boarders on a separate beach from swimmers. The increasingly popular activity is also a source of conflict for people sharing Great Lakes beaches. Continue Reading →
Survey indicates few healthy food choices and campers’ desire for more. Continue Reading →
Due to their locations away from city lights and often near water, dark sky parks offer enhanced opportunities to see, study, and enjoy the night sky and everything in it. Continue Reading →
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A stretch of New York’s Hudson Valley is known for its old wealth, stately mansions—and encroaching new wealth and development.
In the words of the National Park Service, “For nearly two centuries, this place has been home to socially prominent New Yorkers.
It still is, and increasingly so. Median household income of $71,508 in 2008-12 is up by 34.70 percent since 2000.
Those pressures make it imperative to preserve what can be preserved of the land and the culture.
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Ask natural scientists why small parks matter and you’ll hear about habitats, biodiversity, carbon sequestration and buffer zones between developments. Ask the same question to social scientists and you’ll hear about maintaining human connections with nature, centers of community concern, neighborhood identity and healthy outdoor activities. Small parks can even serve a public policy purpose as a political rallying point. That happened last year in Turkey when government plans to develop 9-acre Taksim Gezi Park – one of Istanbul’s smallest parks and among the few remaining green spaces in the city’s Beyoğlu district– triggered sit-ins and national demonstrations. From a humanist as well as scientific perspective, poet-environmental activist Wendell Berry has written that we need not cherish just the great public wildernesses” but small ones as well. Continue Reading →
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State support for Wisconsin’s state parks has slid steadily. General purpose revenue covered 50 percent of their operations in the late 1990s, but only 21 percent today. Continue Reading →
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Two of Wisconsin’s most popular state parks — Devil’s Lake and Peninsula — are cash cows that help support dozens of money-losing parks and recreation areas, state figures show. Continue Reading →