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Take a moment and be transported to the wilderness of Alaska… | Repost @drewtrush // It can be hard to put a face with a name when you are talking about animals that live in remote parts of Alaska. These wolves of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve have never been photographed before, let alone seen by people other than the occasional biologist. The subject of study for the last 22 years, the National Park Service has been dedicated to learning as much as they can about these animals. •

From the National Park Service Press Release: National Park Service researchers monitored wolf population dynamics for 22 years (1993–2014) in order to assess how two large-scale wolf control programs, which had the primary goal of increasing the size of the Fortymile caribou herd, affected a wolf population located within the adjacent protected area of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The study is one of only four in North America conducted for this length of time. •

Follow along with @yukoncharleywolves to learn more. •

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Camp sex with harry

Glamping was a hard sell when I’d suggested it.  Sure, Harry Styles could get down and dirty with the best of them, but the idea of sleeping in a tent that took him three hours to build while simultaneously trying to keep himself bug bite free was not something he was so jazzed about.  And glamping, in his words, “just seems unnecessary”.

Vacations were hard to come by for the two of us these days.  Since his solo career had launched it seemed like I had been carted from one four-star resort to another.  And sure, it was fun.  But the idea of being out in nature, under the stars, snuggled in a sleeping bag with Harry was just so enticing.  

He’d tried to convince me to let him take me off to The Caymans or St. Croix but once he’d witnessed the look on my face when I’d suggested the glamping, he agreed.

So we were off.  To our 4 night stay in Conestoga Ranch in Utah.  The accommodations we were staying in were actually old covered wagons.  Harry was actually ok with that part.  Because honestly, who in the world would expect to see him staying in a covered wagon in Utah?

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Why did I spend so much time on this. Why. 

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Not sure I can evaluate every single claim in this clip (for example, calling the type of mining discussed “the most polluting” bothered me a bit as I can probably come up with other types, depending on whether acid drainage bugs you more than cyanide), but here’s a story worth telling. A nickel mine was proposed in the highlands of Oregon and the people who make a living and live downstream of those mines, relying on the water, banded together and wound up leading the government to pass a 20 year withdrawal of mining permits in that area, maintaining wilderness protections for it.

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Fall colors are in full swing at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge – located in southeast Maine and borders Canada – protects a wilderness of lakes, bogs, forests and more. Wildlife like moose, deer and songbirds thrive in the refuge’s diverse and picturesque habitats. Photos by USFWS.

Here There Be Demons

A panther threads among the roots of the untouched wilderness, protecting it, empowering it, ruling it.
Green eyes filled with the memories of a thousand eons, burning with the rage of a god.
Beware, I tell the curious traveler; a demon sleeps here.

A raven pecks at the cadaver of an ancient being, consuming it, absorbing it into itself.
Red eyes filled with the hunger of a plague, the bloodlust of a murderer, the promise of death.
Beware, I tell the foolish passersby; a demon hunts here.

The city fell to ruin long ago. Dwindling roots of ancient trees tangling around the steel cadavers of forgotten skyscrapers.
Whispers of archaic tales blow through the abandoned streets and tell of beasts that came and showed no mercy to anyone, or anything. Wrath unrelenting.
Beware, I tell the adventurous ones.

Demons dwell here.

Inkstay August prompt: root, cadaver, demon

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But imagine Rachel randomly giggling and blushing to think of as her girlfriend and her boyfriend are so hot, she ends up putting herself in the most embarrassing situations ever and she is like, stupid attractive heroes

like my darling rachel who relishes being a walking pansexual polyamorous art student stereotype :,) guess what i’m doing headcanons bc it’s been too long

  • she loves to paint them. like, paint pictures of them, and also to paint them. percy and annabeth both have so many hidden designs on their skin
  • they have matching tattoos. percy and rachel have a few sets, actually, but annabeth just has the one
  • annabeth does all the decorating (which is not much) and rachel paints the walls
  • rachel paints all the furniture—vases, tables, chairs
  • they own multiple cats, their names are cleopatra, agnodice, and susan b. anthony (cleo, aggie and susan)
  • annabeth says she doesn’t like cats but they have a fluffy white cat (susan) who claims her as her own by sheer force of will and lays across her lap belly up whenever she’s trying to work
  • they have designated movie nights and they’re always awful because their taste is so different and percy and annabeth can’t really sit through movies anyway
  • rachel and percy can like analyze narratives to death too and just talk in circles and annabeth is like “here’s a wild idea. can we like. talk about something that actually exists and has relevancy in the real world. just throwin it out there.”
  • percy regularly brings home stray animals that he came across in daily life (bc strays love percy) and rachel regularly brings home animals that she rescued from shelters
  • when they start seeing each other they don’t tell anyone partially because they don’t think it’s anyone else’s business but mostly because they’re all terrible at keeping track of things and both percy and annabeth had to sit through interventions from their friends like “i think they might be cheating on you”
  • virginity is a social construct and rachel has sex as often as she likes (it’s not like apollo is seriously going to curse her at this point in time anyway)
  • rachel is probably the best person to be in a relationship with percy and annabeth because she’s really lowkey and easygoing and she just kind of.. gets people? she understands that there are just some things they need each other for.
  • she feels jealousy and neglect but she’s able to talk her feelings out and be upfront when she’s having a hard time
  • rachel is so SO good at making percy and annabeth communicate with each other (because they are literally fucking awful at communication lmao)
  • “am i your girlfriend or your relationship counselor i mean seriously” is a running joke that rachel likes to tell
  • percy and rachel have such a hilarious relationship and they’re out in public a lot together while annabeth works and when people give them weird looks they’re like “if you’re wondering how we managed to make it past infancy, you should meet our girlfriend”
  • they’re regulars at this one restaurant nearby their apartment and the whole staff knows them by name and asks for the others when not all three of them are there and will bring them free drinks when all three of them are there together
  • percy and rachel make a hobby of devising strategies to get annabeth out of her office
  • percy and rachel are so Dangerous when they’re alone together, like it might be cooking experiments or literally setting up an animal shelter in their pet free apartment complex or getting arrested at save the whale rallies and annabeth knows this but she simply cannot be present all the time
  • when she is busy working and ignoring them they purposely have obnoxiously loud sex and like get progressively louder to the point where it’s not even sex anymore it’s just yelling and it takes annabeth like. Months. to catch onto the fact that they do it on purpose
  • rachel intrudes on their showers all the time to “conserve water”
  • annabeth is a morning showerer and percy is a night showerer and annabeth cals her bluff like “rachel this is literally the fourth shower you’ve been in 24 hours gET OUT AND LET ME SHOWER IN PEACE”
  • annabeth and rachel fight over percy’s clothes like regularly especially after threesomes there is a scrabble in the morning for who gets the shirt first
  • rachel and annabeth fuss over percy so much and rat him out to his mom if he doesn’t take care of himself
  • they tag team on him regularly they have this whole system worked out and he never figures it out
  • rachel keeps a literal journal of what percy and annabeth are eating and whenever they tell her she’s being ridiculous she insists that they would literally be dead if she didn’t
  • they’re all veggie, rachel is a vegan and annabeth is kind of unintentionally vegan just because rachel is the one who goes grocery shopping and rachel monitors all the food, but they draw the line for percy because it’s just too complicated for him to get enough protein and rachel agrees that it’s more trouble than it’s worth
  • (that doesn’t stop her from labeling the dairy in the fridge as “percy’s speciesist filth”) (it’s just a joke seriously he knows it’s a joke)
  • they have one really tumultuous period in their relationship when annabeth tosses out the idea of marriage for the sake of medical/residency/legal stuff ( “i mean, percy and i could die at literally any second! one of us should have a legal position if ever something horrible happens!”) and rachel doesn’t take it well at all. they drop the subject and for a few months rachel says that she’s going to start going on dates with other people and some nights she sleeps out, and they all agree but it’s Bad and nobody is happy, and then one night percy and annabeth confront her about it and she breaks down and says she’s only human and she has insecurities just like everyone else and “you’ve basically always been married, how do you think that makes me feel?”
  • it’s sad and Emotional but they work it out and they’re definitely better for it
  • in the end rachel and annabeth are the ones who get legally married because at least when it comes to medical stuff, they trust sally the most to make the right decisions and include them in it
  • ironically percy is the only one who actually cares about marriage for the romance of it (rachel and annabeth both think it’s bs and rachel thinks it’s the “deathmarch of our society”) so he’s the only one who wears a ring
  • rachel gives them very serious lectures about being Mature Adults at her art shows, they’re like totally hopeless at it and usually can’t keep their hands off each other
  • they use annabeth’s business trips as vacations, and it’s really great because rachel and percy entertain each other during the day and then the three of them go out at nights/in between seminars
  • annabeth’s company is also the Super Cool kind that brings employees to places like disney world so it’s a pretty sweet deal actually
  • the three of them always celebrate percy’s birthday together, but at night rachel winks and leaves them alone
  • they’re incredibly good friends with grover (and juniper and probably their kid(s) if they have them) and see him regularly
  • the four (five if you count juniper) of them found Pan Wilderness Reserve & Animal Protection Agency together
  • they kind of like, accidentally overthrow seaworld? like, they wanted to but they didn’t think it would work (it’s a long story involving one of percy’s rogue adventures) and after such a huge triumph it becomes literally enormous, way bigger than they ever thought it would be. they employ tons of demigods
Is it time to start protecting caribou habitat from forest fires? N.W.T. Métis leader says yes

As forest fire season continues in the Northwest Territories, a Métis leader is raising long-standing concerns about the effect those fires are having on the habitats of the territory’s beleaguered caribou herds.

Typically, residential areas, high-value commercial forests and recreational sites are top priorities for organizing firefighting efforts. Protecting wilderness parks and remote forests of limited economic value — many including caribou grazing grounds — is a lower priority for the territorial government.

The government’s forest fire management strategy recently was called into question by Arthur Beck, president of the Fort Resolution Métis Council.

Beck says he is worried about the effect fires are having on woodland caribou populations. His concern is that fires could destroy the main source of food for caribou: lichens.

He says caribou, like most animals, avoid burned areas for a reason.

“Fire is good for buffalo but it’s no good for other animals, and it’s no good for the soil and the rock country,” said Beck. “It burns everything up and ashes go right through the ground, so there is nothing for to grow on.”

However, Frank Lepine, the territory’s director of forest management, says that people need to understand the importance of forest fires and their role in nature, as well as the “ecological benefits” that come with wildland fire.

Every fire in the territory is evaluated, he said, but not every fire should be put out.

“Fires shouldn’t be fought in a lot of areas,” Lepine said.

“Wildlife and caribou and other animals are well adapted to that. When you interfere in that process, it can be more devastating.”

Planning underway

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is developing range plans for both the barren-ground caribou and boreal caribou populations.

“Part of the planning process examines the potential impact of wildland fire on caribou habitat, and explores whether it is feasible to increase the effectiveness of fire response and mitigation in some habitat areas,” a department spokesperson told CBC in an email.

Some of the groundwork for the Bathurst caribou range plan has already been completed. In 2018, the same process will get underway for the boreal caribou.

Jody Pellissey, the executive director of the Wek'eezhii Renewable Resources Board, said every region in the N.W.T. will have to develop a caribou range plan, and those plans will include how to manage forest fires to protect caribou habitats.

“The expectation here in the N.W.T. is they will be regional plans,” Pellissey said.

“There’ll be one for the Wek'eezhii, there’ll be ones for the Sahtu, Deh Cho, all the way up to Inuvik and then south to the border in the South Slave region. They will make up one big range plan, but regionally they’ll be separate.”

This fall, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources expects to release a framework for boreal caribou range planning for public review and comment.

Currently, the territorial government is monitoring boreal caribou populations in six regions: Dehcho North and South, the Hay River Lowlands, Pine Point, the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary, and Wek'eezhii.

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Driving along the interstate through the rolling sage hills and crop lands of southern Idaho, most travelers are unaware of the spectacular and remote canyons that lie out of view to the south. Several canyons harbor rivers including the Bruneau and Owyhee, that are coveted by boaters as whitewater runs. 

Two smaller streams remain almost unknown– Big and Little Jacks Creeks. They have cut deep gorges through the basalt as they wind towards the Snake River. Their lush riparian areas and cliffs harbor a diversity of bird species. Visitors will find limited trails and no facilities here. Only endless opportunities to explore on your own along the rims of the canyons. Both Big And Little Jacks Creeks and their surrounding canyons are protected as wilderness areas and wild and scenic rivers.

New photos by Bob Wick, BLM

Creeper!

Notch once mentioned that he imagined creepers were made of leaves, So I decided to make mine out of plant materials. 

I imagine they’re a type of Dryad, that protects the wilderness, sacrificing their lives to protect the peace of the wilds. And let’s face it, Steve just punches trees down light, right and centre.

Exploring Our National Parks…from Space!

The United States has nearly 84 million acres of historic and scenic land in its national parks system. In celebration of National Park Week, here are some satellite views of a few of those national treasures.

Throughout National Park Week, you can #FindYourPark and visit for free.

Yosemite National Park – California

Naked summits alternate with forested lowlands in Yosemite Valley, part of California’s Yosemite National Park. Our Landsat 7 satellite captured this true-color image of part of the Yosemite Valley on Aug. 8, 2001.

Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming, Idaho and Montana

Established in 1872, it was the first national park in the United States, and the world! Its geological and biological wonders have led international groups to declare it a world heritage site and a biosphere reserve. Yellowstone National Park captures the spirit and purpose of the National Park Service, blending modern and ancient human history with nature in its raw complexity.

Hot Springs National Park – Arkansas

National Parks usually make us think of pristine landscapes untouched by human civilization. Most of the 59 national parks in the United States fit that mold, but there are a few exceptions. Arkansas’s Hot Springs National Park, the country’s smallest and most urban, is one of them. Hot Springs, a city of 96,000 people, lies at the southern edge of the park and partly within its boarders.

Shenandoah National Park – Virginia

This long, narrow park in the Blue Ridge Mountains spans more than 179,000 acres, with 40% of the land protected as wilderness. More than 95% of the park is forested, sheltering 1,300 plant species and 267 types of trees and shrubs. The park contains 577 archeological sites, more than 100 cemeteries, and some rocks that date back a billion years.

Olympic National Park – Washington

Possibly one of America’s most diverse national landscapes, Olympic National Park is situated on the Olympic Peninsula in northwestern Washington. If you walked from west to east across the park, you would start at the rocky Pacific shoreline, move into rare temperate rainforests and lush river valleys, ascend glaciers and rugged mountain peaks, and then descend into a comparatively dry rain shadow and alpine forest. From beach to the top of Mount Olympus, you would rise 7,980 feet above sea level.

Colorado National Monument – Colorado

Along the Interstate 70 corridor in western Colorado, well-watered croplands, residential properties and urbanized areas create a broad stripe of green and gray. Away from the interstate, dry climate conditions color the landscape shades of beige, brick and tan. Yet these arid regions offer treasures of their own, including stunning vistas and wildlife both living and extinct. The varied landscapes of this park show the effects of tens of millions of years of erosion.

The images above were produced by our Earth Observatory as part of its 2016 series featuring the National Park Service properties. Check out more HERE

Want to see more of our nation’s parks from space? Visit our Flickr gallery HERE.

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May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm, may he bring you home rejoicing, at the wonders he has shown you, may he bring you home rejoicing, once again through our doors.
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