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Social Distancing Responsibly in the Outdoors

By NOLS on Mar 19, 2020
Photo by Vivian Merill

For many of us, travel and the outdoors provide solace. During these uncertain and challenging times, the outdoors can still provide an escape and add some sense of normality to our lives. As the outdoor industry grapples with the effects of COVID-19, there are ways our community can follow recommended practices to support and keep each other healthy—and still enjoy the nature around us.

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Topics: environment, LNT, skills, risk-management, stewardship

A Rural Surprise: Utah Officials Support National Parks

By Rich Brame on Sep 25, 2019
Utah wildflowers

Southern Utah is a land of contrasts. High peaks border deep canyons. Wide slickrock plateaus divide narrow, winding washes. Sought-after resources like coal, uranium, and natural gas lie beneath open space, wildlife habitat, and crystal skies. National parks, with their focus on visitors, are rimmed by rural communities with agricultural roots.

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Topics: leadership, environment, stewardship, wilderness, activism

SOAR Act Introduction to the House of Representatives

By Aaron Bannon on Jul 26, 2019
Photo by Trip Davis

For newly-minted outdoor programs, and for well-established ones like NOLS, the business of permitting and access on U.S. public lands is becoming increasingly challenging. Agencies responsible for permitting are under-resourced, mired in administrative processes, and compelled to prioritize other resource needs first.

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Topics: leadership, events, Environmental Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, stewardship

5 Ways to Make Sure Your Next Hike is LNT-Approved

By Emily Folk on Jun 24, 2019
Photo by Trip Davis

As an experienced outdoorsperson, you're aware of the rules. After you've enjoyed a hike, camping trip or some other excursion, you need to make sure you've left an area the same way you'd like to find it.

That respect is at the core of the Leave No Trace principles that protect the natural beauty of wild spaces.

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Topics: environment, LNT, Environmental Stewardship, leave no trace, stewardship

Climbing for More Than the Summit

By Ben Lerman on Apr 5, 2018
>Ahlqvist on an acclimatization climb in the Himalaya. Photo courtesy of Carina Ahlqvist.

“I am driven to do my part for a better world, not just reach the summit and get an adrenaline kick.”

At 27,824 ft. (8,481 m), Makalu is the fifth highest mountain on earth. For Carina Ahlqvist, who in the spring of 2018 will attempt to become the first Scandinavian woman to reach its summit, the peak is far from the only objective.

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Topics: Himalayan climbing, WFR, environment, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Wilderness First Responder, research, mountaineering, stewardship, stories, wm-stories

Carbon Reporting at an Outdoor Nonprofit

By Kara Colovich on Jan 12, 2018
Photo by Betsy Winston

Climate change mitigation, the efforts toward reducing impacts of climate change, is a hot topic for organizations and governments around the world. The work that goes into these efforts requires the commitment of the entire organization and every sector of the economy, even the outdoor recreation economy, has work to do reducing climate change impacts.

The field of greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting continues to develop to support organizations’ climate change mitigation measures. This accounting legitimizes claims of GHG reductions and pushes organizations to report on relevant aspects of their operations, not only the highlights.

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Topics: nols sustainability report, environment, Environmental Stewardship, stewardship, sustainability, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability

Intro to Federal Public Lands in the U.S.

By Katherine Boehrer on Aug 30, 2016

America’s federal public lands are an amazing resource for all kinds of recreation—but how much do you know about the different kinds of public land?

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Topics: leadership, adventure, Environmental Stewardship, stewardship, education, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability

Celebrating Earth Week at NOLS

By Sarah Zimmerman on Apr 18, 2016

At NOLS, we value the environment and are excited to celebrate it during Earth Week! A healthy environment sustains our livelihood on many different levels because we love to work, play, and learn outside.

Take a look at what we’re doing to celebrate Earth Week at Headquarters in Lander, Wyoming—maybe you can bring some of these ideas to your workplace!

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Topics: Lander, Environmental Stewardship, stewardship, sustainability