Public Lands Special Section

Trail & Public Lands Champion: Bill Kinzel

Some of us only ride, hike, or run trails. But there are many others who also support outdoor recreation and conservation groups and volunteer their time on trail and restoration projects. We need more of the latter—trail and public land champions like Bill Way and the NEWTS, Diana Roberts, and Bill Kinzel. (OTO)  MTB Trail Hero Bill …

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Trail advocate Diana Roberts at High Drive Bluff Park in Spokane, Wash.

Trail & Public Lands Champion: Diana Roberts

Some of us only ride, hike, or run trails. But there are many others who also support outdoor recreation and conservation groups and volunteer their time on trail and restoration projects. We need more of the latter, people who are trail and public land champions, like Bill Way and the NEWTS, Diana Roberts, and Bill Kinzel. (OTO)  …

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A man with a yellow helmet in the forest.

Trail & Public Lands Champions: Bill Way and the NEWTS

Some of us only ride, hike, or run trails. But there are many others who also support outdoor recreation and conservation groups and volunteer their time on trail and restoration projects. We need more of the latter, people who are trail and public land champions, like Bill Way and the NEWTS, Diana Roberts, and Bill Kinzel. (OTO)  Bill …

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Sunset on a forested hillside.

Hiking Mount Misery – Blue Mountains

By Pete Meighan  Approaching from the north, Eastern Washington’s Blue Mountains appear as little more than inconspicuous rolling hills on the horizon. This outwardly unremarkable appearance belies the spectacular network of deep canyons and tabletop ridges concealed within the Umatilla National Forest. Perhaps the trail that best showcases the dramatic landscapes comprising the Blue Mountains is the ominously …

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A forested mountain scape.

3 Scenic Inland NW Drives with Day Hikes

The federal government owns nearly 30 percent of Washington’s land; in Idaho, that figure is more than doubled. Which is to say, we, the public, own some of the most beautiful real estate in the country, from sagebrush steppe to subalpine meadows. And while much of it is remote backcountry requiring serious sweat equity, vast swaths border backroads and two-lane highways.   …

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A foggy, rocky area lined with trees.

Public Lands 101

In the collective mind’s eye of America, public lands were born the day Yosemite became a public park in 1864, when president Lincoln deeded it to the State of California, or when president Woodrow Wilson established the National Parks Service in 1916. In reality, protected lands in the United States are managed by a broad swath of federal, state, county, city, and tribal …

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