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PHOTO: Dozens of Minnesota residents looking to get a start in agriculture will soon hit the classrooms and the fields, as the latest round of Farm Beginnings courses are set to get underway this fall. Photo credit: Marie Loughin / Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - It's long been a cornerstone of the Minnesota economy, but those wanting to get a start in local agriculture often find one barrier after another in their way. Nick Olson, Farm Beginnings program organizer with the Land Stewardship Project, says for beginning farmers and ranchers, cha ...Read More

PHOTO: Preserving the fund that pays for soccer fields and recreation areas in the Land of Enchantment and across the nation has the support of Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. Photo courtesy of Sen. Heinrich's office.

SANTA FE, N. M. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico is among a bipartisan group of lawmakers urging Congress to renew a fund credited with paying for many recreation areas, in the Land of Enchantment and across the nation. Heinrich says the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) helped ...Read More

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument in Riverside County is one of a number of protected areas in California which benefits from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.
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LOS ANGELES - This week marks the 50th anniversary of the vote in Congress which created the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964, the fund uses royalty money from offshore oil and gas drilling for conservation and recreation proj ...Read More

PHOTO: Gilchrist State Forest is Oregon's newest state forest, created in part with money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Photo courtesy Oregon Department of Forestry.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Gov. John Kitzhaber gave an official "early welcome" this week to new money slated to come into the state from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Slightly more than $43 million is coming to states for grants for local projects to promote conservation and recreation uses n ...Read More

PHOTO: Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge is hosting summer kayak and canoe tours in Spanish as well as English this summer, to encourage more Spanish speakers to enjoy and explore the bay. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management.
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LINCOLN CITY, Ore. - A summer visit to a National Park or National Wildlife Refuge can be a challenge when visitors don't speak English, so the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge near Lincoln City is offering bilingual canoe and kayak tours this summer. The free, two-hour trips offer an introducti ...Read More

PHOTO: Montana's Blackfeet Troubadour, Jack Gladstone, will use storytelling, lyric poetry and music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act at a series of events this summer in Montana. Photo courtesy of Jack Gladstone.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A troubadour of Montana's Blackfeet Indian Nation, Jack Gladstone will be at the University Theater in Great Falls on Tuesday with a presentation incorporating storytelling, lyric poetry, and music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Wilderness Act. Th ...Read More

PHOTO: A hiker explores the West Little Owyhee River Canyon in southeast Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands. An independent economic analysis says protecting the area could be a much-needed boost for the Malheur County economy. Photo credit: Tim Neville.Photo by Tim Neville

ONTARIO, Ore. – Southeastern Oregon could be using at least some of its stark natural beauty to attract new kinds of business and jobs to the area. That's the finding of a report that compares Malheur County to 11 other counties in the West with similar populations and resources. Where the ...Read More

PHOTO: It's prime time to raft the Sauk River in northwestern Washington, and the town of Darrington is hoping people won't stay away in the aftermath of this year's deadly Oso mudslide. Photo courtesy Adventure Cascades.

DARRINGTON, Wash. – Before becoming widely known for the devastating Oso mudslide in March, Snohomish County was perhaps best known for its outdoor recreation. The conservation community is lending a hand to help restore that reputation. Nine Washington groups have created a colorful broch ...Read More

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