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- National parks in Utah are seeing an uptick in rescues—68 percent from 2014—and men in their 20s are the ones most likely to need help, according to recent data. Between Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, 200 people were rescued. That resulted in more hours for staffers and volunteers, and more costs to the National Park Service.
- More mining: President Donald Trump has promised to keep lands in Minnesota’s remote Superior National Forest open to mining. A copper and nickel mining company—Twin Metals Minnesota—already has plans for the area. Trump's move reverses President Barack Obama's 20-year ban on exploration of 234,000 acres in the forest, due to results of an environmental impact study. Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters says mining would “irreparably damage the Boundary Waters and pollute some of the cleanest water in the world.”
- In response to mining threats in Boundary Waters, The Wilderness Society and two other organizations filed a lawsuit challenging the Interior Department's decision to reinstate two long-expired federal mineral leases held by aforementioned Twin Metals Minnesota.
- IKON Pass holders now have an excuse to ski in Australia. Thredbo in New South Wales is IKON's newest partner. The resort is located in the iconic Kosciuszko National Park just 500 km from Sydney and it's Australia’s leading ski and snowboard destination, with 1,168 acres of terrain and 2,205 vertical feet. “As we continue to curate partners for the Ikon Pass, we look for destinations that share our passion for the mountains and are dedicated to creating enduring memories for their guests," said Erik Forsell, chief marketing officer of Alterra Mountain Company.
- Created in partnership with the Outdoor Gear Exchange, Vermont State Parks launched the First Time Happy Campers Program at five parks during July and August. The program provides free camping for new campers and came as a recommendation from the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative.