The Past, Present, and Future of Forestry Come Alive At the Cradle of Forestry

The Past, Present, and Future of Forestry Come Alive At the Cradle of Forestry in America © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Nestled in Pink Beds Valley is the Cradle of Forestry in America. This heritage site is the birthplace of science-based forest management. George and Edith Vanderbilt of the nearby Biltmore Estate are accredited for this living legacy. Some 87,000 aces of the Vanderbilt’s “Pisgah Forest” tract became the nucleus of the Pisgah National Forest, established in […]

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6 Amazing National Parks Your Family Must Experience This Summer

As you plan your family summer vacation, consider one of America’s amazing national parks. The U.S. features a wonderful array of natural wonders that offer everything from hiking to kayaking and sightseeing to tent and RV camping. Whether you enjoy outdoor activities or want to take it easy, everyone can find something to love at […]

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New Instagram Contest Invites YOU to #PicYourPark

In an earlier article I discussed the friendly “Sunset War” between Saguaro and Joshua Tree national parks to show off the beauty of these parks. Now, the National Park Foundation has announced a new Instagram contest aimed at all selfie and photo experts everywhere. The official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service is inviting […]

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Heaven Is a Little Closer On The Blue Ridge Parkway

Spanning 469 miles through 29 counties, the Blue Ridge Parkway takes travelers along the Appalachian Mountains through Virginia and North Carolina providing a unique view of foliage and history. One of the most scenic roads in America, the parkway connects Shenandoah National Park with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It starts at Rockfish Gap, […]

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Where Are America’s Best Kept Secrets? Think Dakotas!

As the most popular national parks get more crowded, where do you go to escape? In this post, we’ll explore two such parks in the Dakotas. The attraction: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota (2.4 million visits) The alternative: Badlands National Park, South Dakota (868,000 visitors) Location: About 85 miles east of Mount Rushmore National […]

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National Park Service Will See $256M in Infrastructure Spending

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced more than $256 million in approved funding to rebuild “critical” national park infrastructure, according to a news release. “Dire maintenance and repair needs that contribute to the $11.6 billion backlog currently facing the nation’s national parks,” according to the release. Roads, bridges, trails, water systems, and visitor centers—even […]

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