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Jennifer C. Olson
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Jennifer C. Olson

Tips for Summer Family Fun

SCOTT NYDAM FOUNDED Gallup’s Silver Stallion to help get kids interested in mountain biking. The club has grown from one middle school physical education mountain-bike program in 2018 to 13 in-school…

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Smokey Bear Turns 80

“SMOKEY BEAR’S ‘GOTCHA DAY’ is in May,” says Smokey Bear Historical Park manager Mary Lavin, using the modern term for pet adoption anniversaries. The real-life orphan cub, who’d been badly burned in…

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To the Gila and Beyond

SEE THE GILA WILDERNESS like Aldo Leopold with a guided horseback trek from Joe Saenz, of Wolfhorse Outfitters, or Becky Campbell, of Gila Hot Springs Ranch. Hike to the undeveloped Lightfeather Hot…

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Find These Plants in the Gila

THE GILA NATIONAL FOREST lists 51 plant species and 16 insect species as being of “management concern,” meaning they rely on National Forest habitats for their survival or are potentially affected by…

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Five Gila Trails to Try

HAVING A VARIETY OF USABLE TRAILS is essential for experiencing the solitude that Aldo Leopold enjoyed, says Melissa Green, trails project coordinator of Gila Back Country Horsemen. “Keeping people…

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Guardian of the Gila

PERCHED IN A STEEL LOOKOUT tower on Mogollon Baldy, Sara Irving has kept eyes on the Gila Wilderness for 42 summers. A hike along the Continental Divide Trail in 1980 prompted her to apply for a…

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