Recreation

Obama declares new national monument in the mountains above Los Angeles
Obama declares new national monument in the mountains above Los Angeles
Trails, campgrounds and wildlands will qualify for federal funding for improvements.
Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion
Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion
Outdoor recreation businesses say state water plan must do more to protect rivers.
National parks ponder fee increases
National parks ponder fee increases
Entrance fees haven't gone up since 2008.
The Park Service takes a hard look at itself
Park historian Richard West Sellars is not flattering when he examines the history of the Park Service in his book "Preserving Nature in the National Parks."
Into the canyon: Fear and heat on foot
A long, hot hike into - and back out of - the Grand Canyon takes the writer into the heart of a park that is beautiful, much visited, and still very dangerous.
Protecting raptors
A report called "Raptors and Climbers" by Kathryn Pyke of the Access Fund offers suggestions on protecting cliff-nesting raptors without banning rock climbing.
Motorheads lose one
The Forest Service restricts some of the access off-road vehicles have to Idaho's Targhee National Forest.
The Grand Canyon struggles with reality
Developers, residents and conservationists battle over the rapid growth outside the park.
Soul in your soles
Richard Frazine's book, "The Barefoot Hiker," gives advice on going barefoot in the woods.
Cars to get the boot
The Park Service plans to restrict cars in Grand Canyon, Zion and Yosemite national parks, replacing them with light rail and buses.
Ski resort plans ruffle feathers
Conservationists are unhappy about development company Jeld Wen Inc.'s proposal to build an "ecologically sensitive" ski resort at Pelican Butte in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.
Activists "shepherd' wayward bison
Activists seek to protect Yellowstone's bison from another slaughter by physically shepherding wandering bison back onto protected land.
The West from a snowmobile: a 50 million-acre theme park
We are fools to throw away, for a snowmobile's adrenaline rush, the chance to really get close to nature, the writer believes.