Reference/Links: Wildlands


Forests

Canadian Boreal Initiative - Read about Canada's boreal forest and efforts to conserve this ecosystem, which is home to thousands of species of animals, birds, plants and insects.

Certified Forest Products - A guide to products -- from birdhouses to flooring -- that have earned the seal of approval from the Forest Stewardship Council, a non-profit that sets standards for sustainable forest management.

Forest Conservation Portal - Resources, links, news and actions related to forests and forest conservation.

ForestEthics - Find out how you can protect endangered forests by choosing products that use recycled paper and certified wood for your home and office.

Forest House - Explore Greenpeace's virtual house to find out which of your household products might be made of wood from an ancient forest, and learn how to make smarter purchases in the future by buying certified wood.

Forest Stewardship Council - An international organization that provides incentives for sustainable forest management worldwide by labelling products from well-managed forests.

Global Forest Watch - An independent network of organizations that monitor and map logging, mining, road-building and other forest development around the world. View interactive maps, logging data, and related publications and resources.

National Register of Big Trees - American Forest's directory documents the largest known specimens of every native and naturalized tree growing in the United States.

Raincoast Conservation Society - Dedicated to the conservation of the temperate rainforests of the mainland coast of British Columbia and their wild inhabitants.

Trees for the Future - This worldwide organization is working to combat issues of deforestation and climate change with innovative sustainability projects.

The Woods Hole Research Center - Specializes in global forests and their controlling influence on climate.

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Parks

Grand Canyon Trust - Dedicated to protecting and restoring the canyon country of the Colorado Plateau.

Greater Yellowstone Coalition - Preserves and protects the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem and the unique life it sustains.

National Parks and Conservation Association - Information on national parks and what is being done to protect them.

Nature Net - Information from the National Park Service on the parks' natural resources.

Parks & History Association - From Acadia and Antietam to Yosemite and Zion, this site's online galleries let you visually explore and learn about our national parks.

Visit Your National Parks - Recreational information by park name, state or theme, from the National Park Service.

Yellowstone Geographic - This virtual journey explores the science, history and philosophy of the Greater Yellowstone region, including Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

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Recreation

American Whitewater - Group dedicated to conserving and restoring America's whitewater resources and to enhancing opportunities to enjoy them safely.

Appalachian Trail Home Page - All you'd want to know, and then some, about the 2,160-mile-long continuous, marked footpath.

Continental Divide Trail Alliance - This site updates you on the trail's construction progress, tells you how to plan a trip along the trail and invites you to volunteer to participate in its completion.

Forest Service Recreation Home Page - Recreational information on national forests, state-by-state.

GORP (Great Outdoor Recreation Pages) - Probably the most comprehensive guide to the outdoors available on the web.

Moondance Adventures - Their expeditions for teens teach conservation, wilderness skills and appreciation, as well as self-reliance, team-building and problem-solving all amidst breathtaking wild places.

Nature Watch - "Watchable wildlife" programs from the U.S. Forest Service and a host of nature and wildlife organizations.

Outside Magazine Online - Glossy web zine on outdoor recreation and travel.

Recreation.gov - A one-stop resource on federal recreation sites that lets you personalize your search by activities and/or states, and offers map and weather info.

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Wilderness

Alliance for the Wild Rockies - Moving west, businesses, organizations and individuals have joined together to protect and restore the wild ecosystems of the northern Rocky Mountains.

Friends of the Foothills - Provides an overview of efforts to preserve open space in southern Orange County, California.

LightHawk - Using the power of flight to educate the public and press about land use practices that threaten to destroy the earth's fragile ecosystems, LightHawk's staff and volunteer pilots fly elected officials, community leaders and other influential observers on hundreds of conservation missions each year.

The Nature Conservancy - Information on animals, plants and habitats from the group that operates the world's largest private system of nature sanctuaries.

Scenic America - This organization protects scenic roads, prevents billboards from trashing our highways and helps people create more attractive communities.

World Heritage List - Country-by-country listing of World Heritage Sites, as designated by UNESCO.

Wild and Scenic Rivers List - The National Park Service's state directory to wild and scenic rivers.
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