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  • Where have all the rangers gone?

    Budget crunches have thinned Forest Service staffing even as visitor numbers soar, making it hard to enforce regulations such as trail closures

  • Mountain bike association wheels into national parks

    The National Park Service has agreed to explore opening some of the parks to mountain biking

  • Developer blocks trail to a famous 'fourteener'

    Texas developer Rusty Nichols has barred public access to Wilson Peak, a Colorado "fourteener" popular with climbers

  • Advice from a horse

    An HCN intern goes for a backcountry horse ride, and learns that while sharing trails can be a challenge, the payoff is worth it.

  • Wilderness Lost

    Rebecca Stanfel always planned to take her young son Andrew on wilderness expeditions, but the onslaught of illness has taught her that nature can also be found much closer to home.

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