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Scott Shalaway: Wilderness Act of 1964 marks 50 years

Fifty years ago, on Sept. 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act of 1964. Eight years, 66 revisions, and 18 hearings in the making, this landmark conservation legislation now protects more than 109 million acres in 750 wilderness...

John McCoy: Drone usage affecting outdoor activities, too

Drone technology has come a long way in a short time.

Perhaps, say people in the nature business, they’ve come too long a way in too short a time.

All around the country, people are reporting what I like to call “stupid drone ...

Scott Shalaway: Wilderness Act of 1964 marks 50 years

Fifty years ago, on Sept. 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act of 1964. Eight years, 66 revisions, and 18 hearings in the making, this landmark conservation legislation now protects more than 109 million acres in 750 wilderness...

New W.Va. regulations curtail collection of venomous snakes
New W.Va. regulations curtail collection of venomous snakes

West Virginia’s official state reptile enjoys a little more protection nowadays than it once did.

Regulations effective earlier this year prevent everyone from snake enthusiasts to pet-trade opportunists to snake-handling churches from...

John McCoy: Not all records made to be broken

One of sports’ great axioms is that “records are made to be broken.”

Sometimes that’s true.

Sometimes it isn’t.

Take, for example, West Virginia’s list of fishing records. Some of them get...

Scott Shalaway: Harmful algal blooms

During the first four days of August, the Western Basin of Lake Erie made national news. A harmful algal bloom (HAB) threatened the water supply near Toledo, Ohio. Wind and water currents pushed a bloom of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) to the...

Scott Shalaway: Spittlebugs, galls, and evening singers

Insects thrive during the warmth of summer, and many are conspicuous and familiar. Myriad species of flies and ants plague our outdoor activities, hornets terrorize us, and fireflies and butterflies delight us. Many insects, however, are less...

Muni hunts ‘a success story’ for W.Va.

Heads up, deer hunters. In less than a month, you might have a chance to enjoy your favorite pastime.

West Virginia’s whitetail archery season doesn’t begin until Sept. 27, but by law cities and towns are allowed to open special...

Kanawha State Forest program to tell bluebirds’ story
Kanawha State Forest program to tell bluebirds’ story

Everyone loves bluebirds.

For that reason alone, Kanawha State Forest officials expect a nice crowd for today’s Bird of the Month presentation at the forest’s swimming-pool area.

Master naturalist Rob Bailey will conduct the...

Tate Lohr Hatchery performs vital role
Tate Lohr Hatchery performs vital role

OAKVALE — The phrase “you can’t get there from here” might well have been written to describe West Virginia’s Tate Lohr Trout Hatchery.

Located in an isolated Mercer County hollow...

Outdoor ‘selfies’ can become dangerous

So, boys and girls, today let’s talk about selfies.

You know — those pictures people take of themselves with their cell phones while standing in an interesting place, meeting an interesting person, or doing an interesting thing?...

DNR to ‘spotlight survey’ deer herds
DNR to ‘spotlight survey’ deer herds

West Virginia’s wildlife officials will take to the state’s back roads again in August and September to spotlight deer.

The deer won’t be killed; workers use spotlights only to observe and count the animals they see. The...

‘Critter moments’ lead to natural highs

One of the joys of being an outdoors writer is that I sometimes get to see things that most people don’t.

Nature photographers say the secret to success in their line of work is “f /8 and be there....

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