TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

Over the objections of a wide coalition of American citizens and environmental, conservation, food producer, fuel retailer, taxpayer advocate, and outdoor recreation industry groups, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently waived Clean Air Act provisions and eliminated the three-and-a-half-month blackout period on the sale of E15 (15% ethanol) fuel during the summer months, permitting the fuel to be sold year-round.
Team Easton’s Brady Ellison put an exclamation point on the 2019 outdoor season with a decisive perfect “X” in a finals shoot-off to clinch the World Championship—his first, and the first for any USA archer in 34 years.
Help promote the beauty of Indiana’s State Parks for a chance to win an RV rental as part of a national photo contest through America’s State Parks.

Visitors to the Game Commission’s Facebook page are casting their votes in the agency’s third annual Turkey Harvest Photo Contest, and voting remains open through June 19.
ALPS Mountaineering, manufacturer of gear for wilderness adventures, exploration, and family camping, will unveil their new spring 2020 lineup at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, June 18-22.

SureFire, LLC will be a featured exhibitor at the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, held June 18-20 in Denver. SureFire will be displaying its ultralight, 650-lumen Stiletto, which weighs just 2.8 ounces.
Stone Road Media is excited to announce their appearance at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market June 18th-20th in Denver, Colorado. Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is North America’s largest tradeshow in the outdoor and sports industry.

The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) and the Girl Scouts of America (GSUSA) will partner for the inaugural Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend on July 13 and 14.
A traveling photography exhibit by renowned nature photographer Michael Forsberg of Lincoln is on display at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area through Aug. 20.
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Victory Archery™ is the industry leader when it comes to producing world class arrows - that is why they are globally recognized as The Carbon Arrow Experts™.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting proposals for the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program for federal fiscal year 2020.

Pennsylvania hunters had a perfect safety record in the recently completed 2019 spring turkey season.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is honored to announce that the United States Marine Corps is set to adopt the M18, the compact variant of the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System, as their official duty pistol.
Outdoor Product Innovations announces the growth and success of Rhino Blinds since their purchase of the company in 2015. Dan Reaser, CEO reports that the company has undergone steady growth and notable improvements in the last four years.
Canik has received the 2019 Industry Choice Award for Handgun of the Year for the TP9 Elite Combat. Canik products are imported to the US by Century Arms.

onXmaps, Inc., an outdoor mapping technology company, and Drury Outdoors, a hunting media brand, announced their partnership to teach audiences how to pair the latest technology with time-tested methods. 


The American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) President, Glenn Hughes, along with many ASA members, made the case before the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) that sportfishing equipment should be excluded from the next round of proposed tariffs on Chinese imports.
Brown County State Park and Abe Martin Lodge closed to the public at about 4 p.m. yesterday due to a lack of usable water supply caused by the heavy rainfall over the last several days.
Steyr Arms USA is opening its doors to the Steyr Academy at the CMP Range in Talladega, Ala., to the designated marksmen for law enforcement agencies around the country. The company is offering its long-range training course at no charge to those needing to perfect their skills in the line of duty.

Inspections of Lake Ashtabula, an impoundment on the Sheyenne River in Barnes and Griggs counties in east central North Dakota, found well-established populations of zebra mussels of various ages throughout the lake.
Comp-Tac has released a new basket weave variant of its Kydex products. The finish is imprinted into the Kydex so it won’t wear off over time. Products include the International Holster, Warrior Holster, Single Magazine Pouch PLM and more.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, along with the Wichita Police Department and Professional Outdoor Media Association, today launched Project ChildSafe to encourage responsible firearms ownership with an emphasis on securely storing firearms when not in use.

Jessica Seitz has announced she will be leaving the Outdoor Writers Association of America, where she has worked the past nine years in a variety of capacities – conference coordinator, membership services director, and Excellence In Craft contest coordinator.

The nonpartisan Second Amendment advocacy group, the D.C. Project Foundation, recently held its first competitive shooting fundraiser. They raised $20,000 to support the women of the D.C. Project as they travel to Washington, D.C. to meet face to face with the Nation’s lawmakers next month.
- PROMOTIONS -, a source of articles and instructional content for shooting, archery, hunting, and outdoor recreation, is announcing its last call for entries into their 2019 Dad's Day Giveaway.
During the May, 2019 TMA Members’ Conference held at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (Ashland, NE), the TMA Board of Directors recognized Master Conservation Officer Anthony “Tony” Mann, Indiana DNR as the 2019 Conservation Officer of the Year.
Lee Kantar, Maine’s moose biologist with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, was honored with the Distinguished Moose Biologist Award by his peers at the 53rd North American Moose Conference last week in Carrabassett Valley, Maine.

Along with many new features, upgrades and entirely new units, several of the 2020 products from Can-Am feature America's No. 1 Camo Pattern, Mossy Oak Break-Up Country.
Coast Guard units have recently boarded more than 50 vessels in the Bay Area to verify captain's licenses and drug-and-alcohol testing programs, while Coast Guard investigators have conducted focused education and outreach efforts at local marinas and fishing docks to address the growing concern over illegal charters.
Streamlight, Inc. has renewed its sponsorship of Concerns of Police Survivors for the 20th year. The company’s contribution for 2019 totaled $121,000, including $8,700 in proceeds from recent sales of its Blue Nano Light and Blue Siege AA lantern.
Anheuser Busch is now a Proud Partner of Ducks Unlimited and Busch beer is the official beer of the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

AirForce Airguns, and its sister company RAW Airguns, are excited to announce their sponsorship of, and attendance at the upcoming Texas Airgun Show. The show will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 22, 2019.
Spring Mill State Park will host the Indiana Historical Society’s Traveling Exhibit, “The Faces of Lincoln,” from June 27 through July 25. This exhibit is being sponsored by the Friends of Spring Mill State Park group and will be set up in the Pioneer Village.
If you encounter a live or deceased Atlantic sturgeon in the marine environment, including Long Island Sound, please contact NYSDEC by calling (631) 444-0462.
Friends of Goose Pond made a generous donation to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Monday for interpretive displays at Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA).

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced today that he has requested a federal fisheries disaster declaration for Louisiana from the U.S. Department of Commerce following impacts of the spring flood flight on the fishing industry in Louisiana.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today released an investigation into last December's generator failure at Minter Creek Hatchery that resulted in the loss of millions of salmon fry.
This week on Deer and Wildlife Stories, Keith Warren visits Tajada Whitetails, located just outside of Houston, Texas. Viewers will see a living legend: the deer named Gunslinger, and the incredible sons bred from this one of a kind buck.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is looking for volunteer citizen scientists to count bats around the state this summer and is offering trainings to the public on Friday, June 21, in Ferrisburgh and Friday, June 28, in Fair Haven from 8 p.m. to after dusk.


The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies commends the support and leadership of Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Congressman Don Young (R-AK), on letters to the leadership of the U.S Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittees on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Interior Appropriations.
Vermont’s turtles on are on the move again this spring, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking for the public’s help in keeping them safe.
As the weather continues to get warmer and more people are enjoying the outdoors, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is reminding everyone to follow this motto when encountering wildlife, especially young animals: If you care, leave them there.
Private Indiana landowners are invited to attend a native grassland and pollinator habitat workshop at Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area on June 24 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Private Indiana landowners are invited to attend a native grassland and pollinator habitat workshop at Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area on June 24 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Editor’s Note: It’s not exactly an internship, but this is an interesting opportunity for someone who really wants to learn about Yellowstone National Park - and how the hospitality industry really operates.

Photo credit: Xanterra Travel Collection

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – June 17, 2019 – “I don’t know too many people who get to spend five weeks in Yellowstone,” gushes Bernd Linzbach of his experience with the park’s Helping Hands program. “It was a great opportunity to explore the park,” says the retiree from Prescott Valley, Ariz.
He’s referring to the year-old Helping Hands program run by the Xanterra Travel Collection, which manages the Yellowstone National Park Lodges. It offers part-time, short-term jobs to people who want to immerse themselves more deeply in the nation’s first national park by living and working there while offering a “helping hand.”
“It’s a chance to spend real time in Yellowstone and explore the park when you’re not working,” observes Linzbach, who first experienced the program with his wife Debra in the fall of 2018. They enjoyed it so much that they repeated it in the spring of 2019. The Lizbachs worked in the housekeeping department at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel and the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and the Old Faithful Inn, tidying up, re-stocking, and getting the rooms ready for the housekeepers to turn them over for incoming guests.
Helping Hands requires participants to work 20 hours per week, between four and eight hours per day. They live in the park in dorm accommodations, which Linzbach says are basic with no TVs and slow WiFi. Some rooms have private baths; others are shared. Meals are cafeteria style, which at the Lake Hotel means having the same cooks as the guests have, who turn out food “of a very high standard,” he says.
Highlights for the Linzbachs were viewing wildlife and meeting people, including other participants in the program. “It’s not like a vacation where you have to try to see everything in a few days,” says Linzbach. “(When you live there), if you don’t see an animal one day, you’ll see it another. We were able to see grizzlies, bison, elk, deer, coyotes, moose, and even a wolf. It’s very special and fantastic to see all those animals.”
What advice does Linzbach have for others? “I would highly recommend this program for anybody interested in nature,” he says. “It was so inspiring,” he adds, that he and Debra are already preparing to apply for the fall season.
How to Participate
Submit your application now for the fall season. Arrival is on Sept. 5 and 12, 2019, and departure is on Oct. 15, 2019.
You could be assigned to the lodging or food and beverage department. Jobs include housekeeper, dishwasher, busser, or host. Training will be provided for each one. Housekeepers do light cleaning and prepare guest rooms for the full-time housekeeping staff; kitchen crew workers do prep, set up, service, and clean up; and hosts provide guest services in the restaurants.
You will be assigned to work in one of the following locations: Old FaithfulCanyon Village, Mammoth, Grant Village, and Lake Yellowstone.
Program perks include employee discounts in and around Yellowstone.
For more travel experiences available from the Xanterra Travel Collection and its affiliated properties, visit


—Veronica Stoddart  

Stoddart is an award-winning travel editor and writer, and the former editor in chief of the Travel Media Group at USA TODAY. She has written for dozens of publications and websites.

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