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The Tetons’ Ever-Changing Beauty: A 45 Mile Hike Through the Wyoming Range

The Tetons’ Ever-Changing Beauty: A 45 Mile Hike Through the Wyoming Range

Travel
When I arrived at my first campsite in Wyoming’s Teton Range, some 17 miles from the trailhead, I fully expected to collapse into my sleeping bag. My feet ached, my shoulders were cramping from the weight of my pack and, despite having spent much of the day hiking above 9,000 feet, I had yet to fully adjust to the altitude. I quickly set up my tent, pried my boots off and climbed inside.Instead of nodding off, though, I glanced out through the mesh screen and found myself entranced by the view: Framed in the distance — as if perfectly arranged in a picture window — was the imposing peak of Grand Teton, towering above the surrounding spires.So began what felt like a nightlong play in five acts, with the Tetons occupying center stage: the clarity of early evening, the dusky glow of sunset, t...
Last Stop on the Way to the Cosmos? No Thanks.

Last Stop on the Way to the Cosmos? No Thanks.

LifeStyle
On an isolated archipelago off the coast of Georgia, where the vestiges of America’s Gilded Age aristocracy keep sprawling estates in tropical wilds, a controversy is roiling over a proposed spaceport.On one side of the fight are the commissioners of Camden County, Ga., who have put nine years and close to 10 million taxpayer dollars toward the construction of a rocket launch facility on the mainland that they say will bring jobs, tourism and cachet to the area of about 55,000 people.On the other are residents of the nearby barrier islands and coastline who fear falling debris, toxic plumes and catastrophic fire.The heirs to the Coca-Cola fortune have homes on one of these islands, as do descendants of the Carnegies and other families known for generational wealth, so it’s easy for the spa...
It’s a Grizzly Bear Survival Program. For Grizzly Bears.

It’s a Grizzly Bear Survival Program. For Grizzly Bears.

Technology
One morning in mid-July, Lana M. Ciarniello, a bear biologist in British Columbia, caught a flight from Vancouver Island, where she lives, to a wildlife sanctuary in the northwestern part of the province to meet two baby grizzlies, the newest subjects in an unusual study she is conducting.The two cubs — brothers, born this spring — were orphaned when their mother was shot. Traditionally, grizzly mothers in North America tend their offspring for at least two years, teaching them to find food and keep out of trouble before nudging them to live on their own. These cubs were far too young to survive without her.Most grizzly cubs orphaned in North America — say, in the lower 48 U.S. states where they are endangered, or in Alaska and Canada where they are more plentiful — are shot on the spot, l...
Biden to Restore Protections for Tongass National Forest in Alaska

Biden to Restore Protections for Tongass National Forest in Alaska

Technology
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is expected to announce on Thursday that it will move forward with a plan to fully restore environmental protections to Tongass National Forest in Alaska, one of the world’s largest intact temperate rain forests. The protections had been stripped away by former President Donald J. Trump.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, whose agency includes the United States Forest Service, is expected to announce the news, according to two people briefed on the matter who asked to speak anonymously because it had not yet been made public.Spokespeople for the White House, the Agriculture Department and the Forest Service did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday night.Alaskan lawmakers hoped that the Biden administration might restore protections to some p...
Biden Plans to Restore Protections to Tongass National Forest in Alaska

Biden Plans to Restore Protections to Tongass National Forest in Alaska

Technology, World
The Biden administration plans to restore environmental protections to Tongass National Forest in Alaska, one of the world’s largest intact temperate rain forests, that had been stripped away by former President Donald J. Trump.The administration intends to “repeal or replace” a Trump-era rule which opened about nine million acres, or more than half of the forest, to logging and road construction, according to a White House document published on Friday.The Tongass, in southeastern Alaska, is home to more than 400 species of wildlife, fish and shellfish, including nesting bald eagles, moose and the world’s highest concentration of black bears. Among its snowy peaks, fijords and rushing rivers are stands of red and yellow cedar and Western hemlock as well as Sitka spruce trees at least 800 y...
Adam Kolton, 53, Dies; Led Fight to Protect Alaskan Refuge

Adam Kolton, 53, Dies; Led Fight to Protect Alaskan Refuge

Technology, World
Adam Kolton, an environmentalist and longtime defender of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska against oil and gas development, died on April 26 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. He was 53 and lived in Bethesda.The cause was cancer, his wife, Laura, said.Through his work with two Washington, D.C.-based conservation groups, the Alaska Wilderness League and the National Wildlife Federation, Mr. Kolton was at the forefront of the fight to protect the refuge, a pristine wilderness the size of South Carolina that has long been prized by oil companies and Alaska lawmakers.Part of the refuge along the Arctic Ocean — a coastal plain frequented by polar bears, migrating caribou and other wildlife — is thought to lie over billions of barrels of oil.Over the years, Mr. Kolton pursued his goal w...
Mozambique Mints a New National Park — and Surveys Its Riches

Mozambique Mints a New National Park — and Surveys Its Riches

Travel
When you stand in the Chimanimani Mountains, it’s difficult to reconcile their present serenity with their beleaguered past. From the valleys below, enormous walls of gray stone rise above dense deciduous forests. Hidden among various crevices are ancient rock paintings, made in the late Stone Age by the San people, also known as Bushmen; they depict dancing men and women, and hunting parties chasing after elephants. There’s even a painting of a crocodile so enormous that it may forever deter you from the riverbank.As you climb higher, toward Mount Binga, Mozambique’s highest peak, the forests flatten into expanses of montane grasslands. Wild, isolated, lost in time, it’s a place where rich local traditions live on, where people still talk about ancestral spirits and sacred rituals. A loca...
Sweden, Dressed in Summer

Sweden, Dressed in Summer

Travel
For as long as I can remember, the forests, lakes and mountains of my native Sweden have been my refuge. Half of the photos from my childhood depict me with an armful of wildflowers or a bucket brimming with — not to mention my face covered with the juices of — blueberries.After moving abroad with my family at the age of 10 and adopting an ever more nomadic lifestyle as an adult — in the last decade I’ve worked primarily in Africa and Asia, usually without a permanent base — I have developed the happy knack of feeling at ease wherever I find myself, almost regardless of the circumstances.Still, all energy reserves eventually run out. When they do, this is where I turn.The moment my bags hit the floor, my hiking boots come on. I’ll meander aimlessly for hours, with a basket for mushrooms or...
¿Nacidos para holgazanear? Esto es lo que los osos pueden enseñarnos sobre el ejercicio

¿Nacidos para holgazanear? Esto es lo que los osos pueden enseñarnos sobre el ejercicio

Technology
Los osos pardos transitan por los paisajes de una manera muy parecida a la de la mayoría de las personas, pues prefieren los caminos llanos a las pendientes y las velocidades cadenciosas antes que correr a gran velocidad, según un nuevo y extraordinario estudio que compara la vida de los osos pardos al aire libre con la nuestra.La investigación, que incluyó osos salvajes y en cautiverio, una caminadora adaptada, rodajas de manzana y rastreadores GPS, amplía nuestra comprensión de cómo el impulso natural por ahorrar energía determina el comportamiento de los animales, y el nuestro, y podría tener consecuencias para la salud y el control del peso. Los hallazgos también ayudan a explicar por qué, en la vasta naturaleza, los caminos de los osos y de las personas se cruzan con tanta frecuencia,...