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Category Archives: Public Lands

Hey Biden, It’s Time to Designate Some New National Parks

Have you ever gazed out over a breathtaking landscape and wondered to yourself, “Why isn’t this a national park?” Us, too. With a monumental increase in funding heralded by the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act back in August, the National Park Service is perhaps more poised than ever to add new public lands to […]

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Public Lands Announces Four New Store Openings

Public Lands—the spinoff retail brand of Dick’s Sporting Goods that focuses on outdoor recreation equipment—is opening four new stores, bringing its total to seven locations. The brand was founded just a year ago, in September 2021. The new storefronts will open in Framingham, Massachusetts, on October 14; Melville, New York, on October 21; Kennesaw, Georgia, […]

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Tourists: We Need to Take Better Care of Our National Parks

Back in 1989, I was a restless college freshman looking for a spring break alternative to South Padre Island. So I hopped in a van crammed with several fellow geology students and one brave professor, and we drove 1,400 miles from Minnesota to Big Bend, the first national park I had the opportunity to visit. […]

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The Ultimate Western National Parks Road Trip

From Yellowstone in Montana to Joshua Tree in Southern California, this road trip tags seven national parks, covers 1,270 miles, and offers epic adventures all along the way. We’ve come up with a fun-packed plan that includes hiking, mountain biking, paddling, and stargazing detours—but not in the places you might think. Because our national parks […]

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The Best Free Campsites in All 50 States

While everyone else is scrambling to get a coveted campsite in state and national parks across the country this summer, there’s a whole bunch of public land that’s open (and free!) for you to enjoy. The federal government owns over a quarter of our nation’s landmass—more than 640 million acres—and a good chunk of that […]

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The Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation Will Improve Your Access to Public Land

The Biden Administration announced today, July 21, the reestablishment of the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR). The move will make it easier for more people from more diverse backgrounds to recreate on federally managed public land, and will help the outdoor recreation industry continue to grow. Here’s how.  “Federal agencies don’t have a […]

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The Best Adventures at Acadia National Park

63 Parks Traveler started with a simple goal: to visit every U.S. national park. Avid backpacker and public-lands nerd Emily Pennington saved up, built out a tiny van to travel and live in, and hit the road, practicing COVID-19 best safety protocols along the way. The parks as we know them are rapidly changing, and […]

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The Best Long Weekend Summer Getaways

To pack a ton of action, good grub, and comfy base camps into three blissful days, we tracked down the ultimate 72-hour itineraries in emerging adventure destinations across the country. Here’s to an awesome summer. The post The Best Long Weekend Summer Getaways appeared first on Outside Online.

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The BLM Made the Largest Public Lands Purchase in Wyoming History, Unlocking Previously Inaccessible Acres

Land ownership lines wind drunkenly in a tangle of squares, rectangles, and zig-zags in central Wyoming. The area’s recreationists have learned to live with “no trespassing” signs. They know red and blue placards on the North Platte River signify where anglers and boaters can legally cross land. They pine over thousands of acres of untouchable […]

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