Public lands, most of it federally managed lands in national parks, national forests and Bureau of Land Management landscapes generate millions of dollars a year. Some of that revenue comes from outdoor recreation gear sales, including all that outdoor fashion wear.
With the vast majority of gas-rich public lands in Colorado leased and already slated for development, it's more urgent than ever that these assessments are made and community voices are heard before more of our forgotten wilderness areas disappear.
Outdoor recreation employs 6.1 million Americans, and the sector is growing about 5 percent annually. Conservation and access for recreation, including climbing, biking, hiking, and fishing make this economic impact possible.
Small business owner Randy Hendrickson, president and founder of Horizon RV Resorts, which offers a soup to nuts approach -- from feasibility studies to third-party management services -- to outdoor hospitality property owners and developers
In the morning, we slide our kayaks into the Colorado River and paddle towards the rapids of Gore Canyon. The surface of river, slowly meandering its way through flat ranch lands near the town of Kremmling, is alive in the early light.
The more familiar you are, the more you think you know it and the less you pay attention to it. A group of skiers in Washington State over the weekend probably should have paid more attention. Three of them are dead.
As the Obama administration travels across the United States learning about local conservation successes, they will hear from local communities about the importance of growing our shared public lands and protecting our wild places.