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Day One: Secretary Zinke Signs Orders to Expand Access to Public Lands

Orders Strengthen America’s Outdoor Heritage and Restore Opportunities for Sportsmen and Anglers

WASHINGTON - Today, on his first day on duty, Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (pronounced ZINK-ee) issued two secretarial orders which expand access to public lands and increase hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities nationwide. These orders deliver on promises made by both President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Zinke to expand access to America’s public lands. The action was hailed by representatives from sportsmen, conservation, and recreation organizations. 

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CONSERVATION AND MOTORIZED RECREATION ORGANIZATIONS ISSUE JOINT RECOMMENDATIONS

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar 1, 2017) - National Conservation and Recreation groups today unveiled innovative joint recommendations in support of sustainable recreation management practices across nearly 250 million acres of national public lands. Recognizing their shared values and commitment to the collaborative process, The Wilderness Society (TWS) and BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails.org (BRC) are encouraging and supporting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in its efforts to conduct and complete comprehensive travel and transportation management planning for all of its units.   

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Have Some Offbeat Nature Fun on National Wildlife Refuges

Tried-and-true nature events such as bird walks, ranger-led hikes and wildlife viewing tours will never go out of fashion at national wildlife refuges. Like your nature a bit offbeat? Some national wildlife refuges have read your mind.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for managing more than 850 million acres of lands and waters in the National Wildlife Refuge System, including five marine national monuments, 566 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts. Every state and U.S. territory has at least one national wildlife refuge.

Consider these events scheduled for upcoming months or use the zip code locator to find a national wildlife refuge near you.

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Scotty's Castle Flood Recovery Tours

DEATH VALLEY, CA – There will be a limited number of opportunities this spring to visit Scotty’s Castle. This is a unique opportunity to witness the damage caused by a large flash flood and to learn about the National Park Service’s ongoing work to restore the historic district.

Scotty’s Castle Flood Recovery Tours will be offered twice a day on March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26 and April 2.

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How to Add Ground Clearance to Your F-150

My F-150 4x4 has been a very sturdy and dependable vehicle.  After 108,000 miles, the suspension and shocks have lost their soft ride.  As I am not a big fan of the “nose-down” look, I am looking into options to increase ground clearance and level the truck.

Increasing ground clearance is a two step process, suspension and tires.  Increasing the ride height is a great way to add functionality and can be relatively simple to do with the right mods. In addition, the ride height increase will allow use of larger tires.

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