Outdoors

Two people bike on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail last year. Bike paths were one topic brought up at a recent forum held by the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative in Rutland, along with other outdoor recreation activities.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR File

Outdoor recreation brings in $2.5 billion a year in consumer spending in Vermont, but many believe the state could bring in even more.

The U.S. Forest Service wants to increase camping fees at Grout Pond, and at other developed campgrounds in the Green Mountain National Forest.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

The U.S. Forest Service is collecting public input on a plan to increase the fees at developed campgrounds in the Green Mountain National Forest.

Stokes with his record-breaking fish.
Courtesy: Vt. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

One of Vermont's most accomplished anglers is 11-year-old Chase Stokes of Ferrisburgh, who recently entered the record books for a carp he caught in Otter Creek.

Charlotte Albright / VPR

The Norwich Pool was a public swimming hole created by a town-owned dam in the Charles Brown Brook, until Tropical Storm Irene washed part of the dam away five years ago. Since then, the town has tried unsuccessfully to get the green light to replace the dam and restore the community pool.

Patti Daniels / VPR

Ridgeline views and the promise of rugged adventure draw a lot of people onto Vermont's hiking trails and into the backcountry. Returning with a few scratches and bug bites is to be expected, but what should you be prepared to handle when you strike out on a backpacking trip or even a day hike?

Many of us head out and climb a mountain for fun on the weekends. But most of us save that for summer. And very few us don't stop until we've hiked all the mountains higher than 4,000 feet in New England, the Adirondacks, and the Catskills. That's 115 tall peaks.

A new book by a longtime Vermont educator posits that curiosity might be the single most vital ingredient of an effective education - along with exploring the outside world, early and often. It's called: Wild Curiosity: How to Unleash Creativity and Encourage Lifelong Wondering.

Jim Cole / AP

The Department of Fish and Wildlife works to protect habitat and help Vermonters access the state's woods and streams. But the Department faces declining revenues as fewer people are taking to the outdoors to hunt and fish. We talk about some of the challenges the department faces with new Commissioner Louis Porter and Wildlife Director Mark Scott.