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PHOTO: Scout Camp, on the Middle Deschutes River, is one area hikers will explore as part of the Desert Conference and Wilderness Weekend. Photo credit: Gena Goodman-Campbell.

BEND, Ore. - A wild week is coming up in Bend, with the 27th annual Desert Conference starting Thursday. This year, with the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, three days of "Wilderness Weekend" activities are planned, from an outdoor-adventure film festival to a free block party. But there's ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The frustrating indicator of a slow download, known by many computer users as the spinning wheel of death, will be seen all over the Internet today. It's a symbolic protest of government plans to create online fast lanes and slow lanes. Graphic courtesy FreePress.org.

NEW YORK - The Internet may seem to be slowing down today - but it's actually part of an effort to prevent a future where, according to Internet freedom advocates, some people online would have priority over others. If you go to websites such as Reddit, Netflix, Kickstarter, Foursquare or Vimeo, ch ...Read More

PHOTO: There isn't much time for sitting as a member of this youthful crew working to relocate the Kelly Creek Trail in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. It's one of 50 projects across the country to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Photo courtesy of Northwest Youth Corps.

SEATTLE - As part of a campaign to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and to introduce young people to their public lands heritage, 50 wild places across the country have been chosen for conservation and trail maintenance work this fall. In Washington, crews are working in the ...Read More

PHOTO: As the Wilderness Act of 1964 marks its 50th anniversary this week, efforts remain underway in California to introduce new wilderness legislation, despite an unwilling Congress. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.
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LOS ANGELES - With the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, wilderness advocates are reflecting on the legislation that created the National Wilderness Preservation System - along with the challenges of maintaining it amid renewed calls for resource extraction and passing new wilderness bills in ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservationists have their eyes on the Owyhee Canyonlands as Oregon's next potential federal wilderness area, though legislation remains to be introduced. Chalk Basin is part of the 2.1 million acre area. Photo credit: Greg Burke.

BEND, Ore. - September 3rd marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of Wilderness Act, the federal law that created the National Wilderness Preservation System. Today, Oregon has about 2.5 million acres of protected wilderness, and while that may seem like a substantial number, it represents far le ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 250 people from around the Gem State are expected to attend the Idaho Summit on Hunger and Food Security on October 28th. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BOISE, Idaho - More than 250 people from around the Gem State are coming together to tackle hunger and food security in Idaho, as they attend the Nourishing Idaho Together conference next month to collaborate on food solutions utilizing public-private partnerships. One of those due to attend the co ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservationists and sportsmen want federal public lands to remain in public hands, instead of being handed over to states or private entities, as the Republican National Committee has recently proposed. Photo courtesy of Suzanne O'Neill.

DENVER - The Colorado Wildlife Federation, along with 40 other conservation and sportsman groups, is asking the Republican National Committee (RNC) to reconsider its support of states and the private sector taking responsibility for federal public lands. The RNC passed the resolution this year, but ...Read More

PHOTO: Nevada libraries are promoting the availability of free resources to help people research their family histories. Photo credit: Town of Rehoboth, Mass.

HENDERSON, Nev. - Nevadans wanting to learn more about their family history may find the best available resources at their local library. Anne Marie Hamilton-Brehm is a digital librarian with the Henderson District Public Libraries. She says reference librarians can provide the latest resources and ...Read More

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