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  • Forest Service encourages visitors to recreate responsibly

    first_imgWe’re heading into a busy holiday weekend and large crowds are expected at national recreation areas. The Forest Service is asking visitors to put safety first by recreating responsibly and provides these tips for enjoying the outdoors: National park visitor severely injured by ‘territorial’ otter The course will take place in Joshua Tree, California on October 2, 2020 through October 4, 2020. During the inaugural event, Mountain Hardwear will cover all participant fees, aside from travel expenses. There are four spots available in the program and applications are open now through July 20, 2020. Current AMGA membership and a two-part application are required to be considered.  Water Safety- Choose swimming areas carefully and ensure small children are not left unattended. When boating, ensure all passengers wear a life jacket and look out for other boaters and swimmers.Severe weather- Weather conditions can change rapidly. Monitor weather before and during outdoor activities.Wildlife- Do not feed wildlife, keep a safe distance when encountering wildlife and do not disturb their habitat. Clean up food or garbage around your camp or picnic site.Hiking- Stay on marked trails. Don’t hike alone. Plan for emergencies such as becoming lost and bring along extra food, clothing and water. Be Fire Safe- Keep fires small and never leave them unattended. Ensure firepits are cold to the touch before leaving.Driving- Use caution when traveling through areas that are heavily congested. Regulations are enforced for the protection of visitors and natural resources.Fireworks- Leave fireworks to the professionals. Fireworks are prohibited in developed recreation areas and dangerous in other parts of the forest. Open spaces tend to dry out quickly and fireworks could start a wildfire.Alcohol- To ensure a family-friendly environment, alcoholic beverages are prohibited in many areas of the forest including campgrounds and many day-use sites.  The visitor was sent to the hospital. Their injuries have not been disclosed. Although otters are cute, they have sharp claws and teeth and can become aggressive when protecting their young. The park is requesting visitors avoid swimming or using floatation devices in the eastern part of the lake where the attack occurred.  Photo: Forest trail in Shenandoah Blue Ridge Appalachian mountains on skyline drive near Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center with yellow flowers and path – Getty Images krblokhincenter_img Forest Service encourages visitors to recreate responsibly A visitor to Lassen Volcanic National Park was swimming in Manzanita Lake on June 25 when they were attacked by a river otter, the park reported on their Facebook page. There was no indication that the visitor provoked the otter in any way. The Facebook post said that the otter was “most likely a female protecting its young and den.”  Mountain Hardwear and American Mountain Guides Association Announce LGBTQIA2S+ Climbing Instructor Course  Mountain Hardwear and American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) have announced a 3-day climbing course instructed by and in celebration of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. AMGA has offered the Single Pitch Instructor course since 2008, but thanks to financial support from Mountain Hardwear, this will be the first course with a direct invitation to the LGBTQIA2S+ community.last_img read more

  • Wenger backs FA committee process

    first_img Wenger accepts the decisions of the independent panel may in some cases be difficult to understand, but believes in what they stand for. “It is a decision we have to accept,” said Wenger, whose side were knocked off the top of the Barclays Premier League by Chelsea after they were thrashed 5-1 at Liverpool. “This decision is questioned, and people who make these decisions can answer these questions, I do not know why they made the decision. “One positive thing is that this committee exists and that the players know that they can be punished even after the game, so that is very positive. “After that, the decision is made by human beings and then you have to accept we will not always agree on the way the decisions are made. “But it is a good thing that this committee and the whole (disciplinary) process exists.” The decision not to take action against the Ivory Coast star is a huge boost for City – he could have faced a three-match ban but the three-man panel of former elite referees which reviewed the incident did not unanimously believe it was an act of violent conduct. That will come as a big relief to City boss Manuel Pellegrini as his club chase the Premier League and FA Cup trophies – including a home match against Chelsea in the cup this weekend. Blues boss Mourinho, though, was less than impressed. “If he is not suspended, the message is clear: the players can do what they want if the referee doesn’t see,” he said ahead of the panel’s decision being made on Monday afternoon. “If there’s no suspension, the message is normally that, if the FA defends football, he’d have to be suspended. “It’s the same for everyone: if the referee doesn’t see, I can do whatever. “It doesn’t matter about cameras or others seeing. I can do whatever I want.” Toure, arguably City’s most influential player this season, will now be available for Wednesday’s game against Sunderland, the Chelsea cup tie and the league fixture against Stoke. Norwich boss Chris Hughton, meanwhile, claimed Toure did kick his player, though said it was a “minimal incident”. Van Wolfswinkel also gave his backing to the decision, writing on Twitter: “Good to see Toure not getting suspended. Players like him belong on the pitch! What happens at Carrow Road stays at Carrow Road. “Things happen on the pitch. But we all enjoy watching him play. So get on with it and enjoy the football. That’s what it’s all about.” There was more good news for City on Monday, with Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri taking part in a training session after injuries. Press Association The FA decided to take no action against Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure for an apparent kick at Norwich’s Ricky van Wolfswinkel during the closing stages of Saturday’s goalless draw at Carrow Road, an incident which was missed by the match officials. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who views City as the title favourites, claimed not suspending Toure sent out the wrong message. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the Football Association’s retrospective disciplinary powers remain a potent deterrent for players – even if everyone will not always agree with the outcome.last_img read more

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