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Balancing these is the job of the federal government, and so far during President Obama’s 2nd term, some parts of the government are doing better than others.
Congress Extends Dismal Track Record on Land Conservation
Expanding energy development to meet the growing needs of America must be balanced with protecting vital wild places.
New Mexico's wild lands got another foothold with the reintroduction of the Columbine- Hondo Wilderness Act on April 23.
As this infographic shows, a child who spends time exploring nature is more likely to be thin and fit, get better grades in school, and have fewer emotional problems than couch potato counterparts.
Volunteer Vacations: Spend a Week Helping Wilderness
Now new studies suggest that time outdoors can also boost your immune system.
Michael Lanza is the northwest editor of Backpacker Magazine and the creator of TheBigOutside.com, where he shares his stories and images from his outdoor adventures, many of them with his family, in the United States