Trump lifts protections for Tongass National Forest, allowing logging, road development

President Donald Trump will strip Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from protections put in place nearly two decades ago, opening up millions of acres of pristine wilderness to road development and logging, according to a notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture posted on Wednesday (Oct. 28).  The Tongass, which covers most of southeast Alaska, is […]

National Parks are logging record crowds. Here’s how to visit safely.

Crowds at Midway Geyser Basin in Yellowstone (NPS / Jacob W. Frank/) With many indoor activities on pause or otherwise inadvisable during the COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans have chosen to recreate outside. Hiking, birdwatching, fishing and other outdoorsy pursuits are relatively safe virally speaking, and allow people to exercise and experience the mental health benefits […]