Polartec has named Appalachian State University the winner of its Made Possible College Challenge. The contest, which began in early October, aims to promote collegiate outdoor programs, with the winner receiving a $10,000 grant and Polartec apparel.
Outdoor Industry Association has thanked U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar for acting to restore a policy of balanced management of public lands. During a press conference in Denver, Salazar issued an order which will restore the ability of the Bureau of Land Management to designate appropriate areas with wilderness characteristics as "Wild Lands" and to manage them to protect their wilderness values.
In issuing the order, Salazar said he was “establishing common-sense policy for the protection of backcountry areas where Americans recreate, find solitude, and enjoy the wild.”
Nordic Walking has been added to the list of selected activities by the nation's physical activity program the President's Challenge.
Developed by the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, the President's Challenge helps people of all ages and abilities increase their physical activity and improve their fitness through research-based information, easy-to-use tools, and friendly motivation.
On December 15, Obama administration officials will convene the first-ever White House Forum on Environmental Justice. Environmental leaders from across the country will attend the day-long forum featuring White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) recently introduced the Moving Outdoors in Nature Act (MONA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, H.R. 6426, supports federal, state and local strategies that connect children with the natural world.
MONA intends to get America’s kids healthy and active by connecting children, youth and families with nature through natural play areas, outdoor recreation programs, public health initiatives, outdoor learning environments and service learning.
With the help of landowners Marta and Steve Weinstein, local climbers Steve Russell, Tom Addison, Brian Poulsen and Access Fund Regional Coordinator Paul Minault have spearheaded a successful effort to secure permanent access to Jailhouse Rock near Sonora, California. However, more help is needed from the climbing community for long-term conservation.
The existing parking area and access trail will remain open for the immediate future, but a new subdivision threatens the access trail. The Access Fund has secured a route to the cliffs through a different access point, but still needs to secure the funding needed to build a new parking area with trailhead facilities, pay for the construction of a security gate, as well as cover legal, surveying, and other transactional costs.
The non-profit Wild Trails and indepedent retailer Rock/Creek have raised $27,000 for work on trails in Chattanooga via Rock/Creek's 2010 StumpJump race.
Proceeds donated from StumpJump and other races in the 2010 Rock/Creek Trail Series have allowed Wild Trails to give year-end gifts to the Cumberland Trail Conference, the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, and the Mountain Education Foundation, and will fund much of the 2011 Wild Trails grant cycle.