Outdoors http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Stakeholders Ask Congress To Address Forest Service Trails Maintenance http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/stakeholders-ask-congress-address-forest-service-trails-maintenance <p>A host of recreation and conservation organizations from around the nation, including some local Wyoming groups, have asked Congress to address inadequate trail maintenance in the National Forest system. According to a <a href="http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-618">2013 study</a> requested by Representative Cynthia Lummis the Forest Service’s trail maintenance backlog was $314 million in 2012. The study said poorly maintained trails inhibit trail use, could harm natural resources, and maintenance costs will only grow the longer the backlog remains unaddressed. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:11:07 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55914 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Stakeholders Ask Congress To Address Forest Service Trails Maintenance Wyoming gears up for adventure race http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-gears-adventure-race <p>In July, Wyoming enters the world of adventure racing when the state hosts the Cameco and City of Casper Cowboy Tough Adventure Race.&nbsp; It’s a 3 ½-day race across the state that begins on July 18<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:56:41 +0000 Bob Beck 42944 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming gears up for adventure race Sportsmen petition to protect Wyoming Range from oil and gas production http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sportsmen-petition-protect-wyoming-range-oil-and-gas-production <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than two dozen outdoor advocacy groups wrote the US Forest Service this week, asking it to remove almost 45,000 acres-worth of land in the Wyoming Range from consideration for oil and gas leases.</span></p><p></p><p>The organizations, including Trout Unlimited and the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, said the land comprises vital habitat for mule deer, moose and cutthroat trout.</p><p></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 21:43:22 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 41555 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sportsmen petition to protect Wyoming Range from oil and gas production Outdoor recreation is a big driver of Wyoming’s economy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/outdoor-recreation-big-driver-wyoming-s-economy <p>A new report from the Outdoor Industry Association quantifies the economic benefits of outdoor recreation in all fifty states. The study looked at direct spending, jobs, salaries and tax revenue.&nbsp;</p><p>Spokesperson Avery Stonich says the&nbsp;data demonstrates the value of outdoor recreation beyond the obvious&nbsp;–&nbsp;natural beauty and fun.</p><p>“Wyoming has a lot of really great recreation opportunities,” says Stonich, “this produces consumer spending to the tune of four and a half billion dollars every year that’s going directly into the state economy.”</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:00:16 +0000 Sara Hossaini 36829 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Outdoor recreation is a big driver of Wyoming’s economy Wildlife Federation urges outdoor play resolutions http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wildlife-federation-urges-outdoor-play-resolutions <p>It isn’t easy to get your kids to play outdoors, but the National Wildlife Federation is encouraging families to make that a New Year’s resolution.&nbsp; The “Be Out There” campaign offers tips and advice to parents who pledge to help get their kids to play outdoors every week.&nbsp;</p><p>Campaign manager Lindsay Legendre says their survey found that 94 percent of parents say kids aren’t getting enough time outside. The barriers include things such as weather, concerns about safety, and the lure of technology. Legendre says their website offers some solutions.</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 15:10:27 +0000 Bob Beck & bob beck 34713 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wildlife Federation urges outdoor play resolutions New Report Looks At Community Health Through Environment And Energy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-report-looks-community-health-through-environment-and-energy <p>A new study from the group Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development says that rural communities depend on adjacent land for their economic health.&nbsp; That can either be land for energy development or the outdoors.&nbsp; The report finds that ten percent of the jobs in Cody are connected to spending on fishing, hunting and wildlife.&nbsp; But impact from nearby energy development land can also help the local economy.&nbsp; But Trout Unlimited&rsquo; s Brad Powell says there should be a balance between the two.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 23:55:15 +0000 Bob Beck 24932 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Report Looks At Community Health Through Environment And Energy