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- A new study released Monday found that climate change is killing our national parks—and more quickly than we thought. The study looked at data from between 1895 and 2010 and concluded that temperatures in national parks increased twice as much compared with other parts of the country, while precipitation fell dramatically at those parks, according to a Washington Post article. Joshua Tree National Park might not have any namesake trees by 2100, Glacier NP might also need a name change, and Yellowstone could be a desolate wasteland of charred conifers. Scary, right? But there is something you can do.
- National Voter Registration Day has passed. But there's still time to register and speak up. In fact, all types of businesses have joined Patagonia in the #TimeToVote movement to give employees time off to make it to the ballot boxes.
- Congress has until Sunday to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, critical to preserving public lands. If they don't take action, the fund will expire, leaving important projects without funding.
- Nearly six months after they started, L.L.Bean employees finished hiking the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail (AT) from Georgia to Maine yesterday. The hike was in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System and to inspire others to get outside.
- Last week, Everest chronicler Alan Arnette summited Colorado 14er Longs Peak for his 43rd time in celebration of his 62nd birthday. The hike was part of him recovering from a broken leg and in preparation for his 12th return to Nepal. He'll climb Island Peak (20,305 feet) this October to raise money for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund in honor of his mom, Ida, who died in 2009 from Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Cool event: Women on the Road and Vanlife Diaries are teaming up to bring about 300 adventurous women and nonbinary people together in Taos, New Mexico, from Oct. 26 to 28 for a weekend of connecting, learning, and adventuring. Families and dogs are welcome. A portion of the $50 ticket will go to a local nonprofit. Secure your spot here.
- Peak Resorts is buying Liberty Mountain, Whitetail Resort, and Roundtop Mountain Resort—currently owned by Snow Time Inc.—for $76 million, bringing the resort total to 17 across the U.S.
- Grizzlies are safe: Earlier this week, a federal judge restored the Endangered Species Act protections for grizzlies living around Yellowstone National Park following pushback from environmentalists. That means, the scheduled hunts in Wyoming and Idaho were called off.
- And lastly, Sawyer International, Texas-based The Last Well, plus five Calvin College students found that the distribution of Sawyer PointONE water filter systems in Liberian households is drastically improving the health of nearly a million people in Liberia. The three-pronged partnership is part of the team that aims to bring safe, clean water to the entire country of Liberia by 2020.