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The Beauty and Power of Urban Forests

Apart from the pleasure of a green view, there are many tangible benefits associated with urban forests, including improved mental and physical health, economic advantages and community health, all of which affect each other | by Keiko Betcher

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The Science of Larches

Why they grow here, why they lose their needles and why they they turn such a glowing gold | by Melissa Ozbek

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Determined to Hike

Tales of four outdoor enthusiasts who are redefining what's possible.

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Youth Go Alone

When is your teenager ready to hike or explore the outdoors alone? Here are five steps to ensure your teen is prepared to safely venture out on trails without you | by Cassandra Overby

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Saving Mount St. Helens

Most stories of Mount St. Helens tell the tale of the volatile volcano and the death and destruction it caused. There’s another volatile story to tell about Mount St. Helens, however. The fight to save the land around the volcano, both before and after the 1980 explosion, is a fascinating case study of the preservation of public land.

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Mount St. Helens & the Changing Story of Trails

After the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, trail designers suddenly had a blank slate to work with. Here’s how they shaped the paths we walk today, both near the volcano and far beyond | by Steve Olson

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Microadventures

Outdoor adventures aren’t just for weekends. Here’s how to get more trail time all week long | by Cassandra Overby

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Hiking Solo

So you’re ready to embark on your first hike alone? Don’t lace up your boots quite yet. Make your first solo hiking experience the best it can be with our top 10 tips for hiking solo. From building your confidence to growing the right skills to having fun, you’ll be ready for the trail in no time. | by Cassandra Overby

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More Than Just a Job: Organizations Giving Back to the Outdoors

When it comes to giving back to the outdoors, these companies mean business.

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Big Money: How Recreation is Driving Washington's Economic Landscape

From the highest peaks of the Cascades to the shimmering waters of Puget Sound, there is no doubt that residents of the Pacific Northwest love to spend time outdoors. All the time spent hitting the trails, slopes and waterways translates into big money for our state | by Lindsay Leffelman

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35 Years After the Eruption: Living with the Legacy of Mount St. Helens

Geologist Carolyn Drieger narrowly avoided dying in the destructive blast of Mount St. Helens' eruption in 1980. Thirty-five years later she reflects back on the lessons and legacy in the years since | by Carolyn Driedger

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