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GlidePath to add storage to eight existing wind projects—a first for Southwest Power Pool

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Storage News:GlidePath Power Solutions has acquired eight wind projects in North Texas with a total capacity of 149MW. The portfolio, purchased from Exelon Generation, will be optimized by GlidePath while it plans how best to add energy storage on-site at each project. The projects are all north of Amarillo and sell into the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).Chris McKissack, Chief Operating Officer for GlidePath told Energy Storage News: “We believe there’s an opportunity to build out storage facilities up to the nameplate capacity of the wind farms in the portfolio. There’s great potential for storage to reduce transmission congestion and improve the economics of wind farms in SPP and other markets.”According to GlidePath, they will be the first battery storage projects in the SPP.“The high penetration of wind energy in North Texas offers us an excellent opportunity to pair these facilities with the latest battery storage technology,” said David Braun, president, GlidePath Asset Management. “We look forward to managing these wind assets in a way that will hopefully strengthen the reliability of supply in the local electric grid and deliver benefits for Texas power consumers.”In June, SPP revealed that it would launch the Western Energy Imbalance Service market (WEIS) with settlements every five minutes. The previous balancing market run by SPP was launched in 2007 and paid out US$103 million in its first year.GlidePath has a 1GW battery storage development portfolio, including a 10MW /10MWh project in Texas announced in April this year.More: GlidePath acquires 149MW Texas wind portfolio with storage additions planned GlidePath to add storage to eight existing wind projects—a first for Southwest Power Poollast_img read more

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Ethiopia signs $800 million PPA to buy output from new 150MW geothermal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Ethiopia has signed a power purchase agreement worth $800 million with the developers of a 150 MW geothermal plant, the prime minister said on Thursday.The Horn of Africa nation, which is the second most populous on the continent, has the second biggest electricity deficit in Africa according to the World Bank, with about two-thirds of the population lacking a connection to the grid.“Geothermal enhances our energy security by providing constant output power to support industrialisation,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Twitter, adding that it was the first such power purchase agreement to reach such an advanced stage in the country.Geothermal power refers to the use of underground hot steam to drive turbines which in turn generate electricity. It makes up a huge portion of the sources of electricity in neighbouring Kenya, which has abundant geothermal resources on the floor of the Rift Valley.Ethiopia’s Tulu Moye Geothermal plant, which signed the deal with the government, expects to start generating 50 MW of power when the first phase is completed in February 2023, rising to 150 MW at full completion in 2025, it said.Drilling of steam wells started last month, the company said. Located in the Arsi Zone to the southeast of the capital, the plant is being developed by the Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations (TMGO), a holding company for Paris-based investment firm Meridiam SAS and Icelandic firm Reykjavik Geothermal.[Dawit Endeshaw, Duncan Miriri]More: Ethiopia signs $800 mln geothermal power purchase agreement Ethiopia signs $800 million PPA to buy output from new 150MW geothermal plantlast_img read more

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Seeing Red

first_img 1 2 3 4 5 Mention the Red River Gorge to a rock climber and he’s likely to start salivating. Kentucky’s Red has more than 200 miles of steep sandstone cliffs and has become a mecca for sport and trad climbers in the last few decades. It is a world-class climbing destination in the East rivaled only by the New River Gorge. But mention the Red to a hiker who might not think that clinging to a cliff by his fingertips 100 feet above the ground is a fun thing to do on a Saturday, and you might be met with a blank stare. Particularly if that hiker hails from outside of the Bluegrass State.“The amount of use in the Red per square foot far exceeds most other national forest units and is actually on par with most national park units,” says Charlie Rowe, a forest service ranger who leads a volunteer maintenance crew inside the Red. “But most of those visitors are from either Louisville or Cincinnati.”Particularly for those of us who live on the eastern flank of the Appalachian Mountains, we have so many outdoor destinations in our own backyard, we don’t think of driving four hours into Kentucky to get our boots dirty. But we should. The Red River Gorge is a federally designated “Geological Area,” with the highest concentration of natural stone arches east of the Rocky Mountains. There are more than 100 of these stone bridges scattered throughout the 29,000-acre area, popping out of the forest like a sketch in Dr. Seuss’ notebook. It’s as if a slice of the arch-rich Utah landscape has been transplanted to the Southern Appalachians. And every one of them is off limits to climbers, which means the lion’s share of Red users don’t bother tracking them down.center_img last_img read more

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In Defense of Monogamy

first_imgGiven our current tell-all culture, I feel obligated to use this forum to update my status. Graham Averill is in a relationship. Yes, I’m still happily married to my beautiful wife, but there’s another in my life. She’s a small forest at the bottom of my neighborhood with a beautiful little six-mile trail system winding through a hardwood canopy. This is where I sneak off to day after day for 45 minutes of sweating and heavy breathing. I guess in the classic sense, you could call this trail system my mistress. But not the sort of cheap mistress that Americans have. She’s more like the mistress of a French politician. The kind you buy villas for and take to state dinners.Not only are we in a relationship, but I’ll go a step further and say we’re monogamous. I don’t like to run anywhere else. Sure, I’ve had dalliances with other trails. I lust after exotic singletrack just like any red-blooded American runner. Thin strips of dirt winding sinuously through dank foliage. Rocky, rough tread that rises over bare mountains. I’m tempted by skinnier trails. Trails with foreign accents. I’ve been known to ogle glossy magazine spreads. I’m human. When I travel, I occasionally even find myself lacing up my shoes for a jaunt on other paths, but it’s meaningless. It’s just exercise.A run on my home system, we’ll call her Betty, is more than exercise. It’s a sacrament, like marriage or a Saturday afternoon of SEC football. And though I may lust after other trails, I find myself loyal as ever to Betty, that lovely mix of singletrack, doubletrack, and paved road connectors that completes me.Where’s the sense of adventure in running the same trail over and over, you may ask. Where’s the sense of discovery?I may not be notching conquests in my GPS like some other runners, but devoting my running life to the same system comes with its own sense of adventure.Peruse our history together: This is the trail where I took my golden retriever running almost every day of his adult life. This is the trail that I ran for two hours, crying the whole time, the day that same dog died. This is the trail I ran the day I heard my wife was pregnant. Then again when I heard we were having two babies instead of just one.  This is the trail where I trained for my first ultra. I stashed water bottles in these bushes! It may sound boring, but I know every inch of this trail. I can knock out a winter night run just by the light of the moon. I know what stretches are flat enough for speed. I know I need to conserve a bit of energy for that last road climb back to my house. I know Betty’s secrets, the way I know my wife secretly likes trashy vampire TV shows. I know how long she takes to dry out after a rain (the trail, not my wife). I know where she’s expanding from overuse. I know that bizarre tree sculptures are hidden behind certain bushes. I know on Wednesday afternoons, a strange-but-friendly man does tai chi while listening to Bon Jovi in a corner of the forest. I know if I can run a certain loop in under 30 minutes, I’m in shape. If I have to walk a certain hill, I’ve been watching too much SportsCenter.It helps that Betty is a kick-ass trail system. Monogamy is a little easier when you’re married to a supermodel who can cook. My “one true run” has a little bit of everything. A couple of miles of easy doubletrack, some super-tight singletrack that twists like an intestine, and steep road climbs connecting it all. There’s even a track near the middle for speed work. Please, don’t think me crass when I say this trail system has curves. But she’s not just about flow. She’s complicated too, with algebraic rock gardens and quick pitches almost too steep to run. Even after years of use, a run there can still be exciting. I typically come out of a run even more devoted to Betty than before. It’s like going to church and coming out more in love with Jesus.With more than half of marriages ending in divorce, an argument could be made that monogamy doesn’t work. Feel free to discuss that with your significant other. But in trail running, monogamy is necessary. Sure, jumping from one hot piece of dirt to the next sounds fun, but look closer and you’ll see it’s actually just exhausting. You summit new mountains, but where’s the deeper connection?Runners need familiar ground. We need consistency. Running the same trail over and over establishes a union that goes beyond the superficial, a rhythm that you can tap into when you know the ground so well. What I’m talking about here is understanding. My trail and I have a beautiful rapport, the sort of back and forth you can only find in a committed relationship or an Aaron Sorkin movie.By all means, play the field. Spend some time experimenting with various trails to see what you like. Be promiscuous. But eventually, choose a partner. Settle down. Find yourself a Betty. Run her over and over. Take care of her, and she’ll take care of you.last_img read more

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Race Ahead: Mountain Biking

first_imgPhoto by Brad AllenMOUNTAIN BIKINGSnake Creek Gap Time Trialdahlonega, georgiaJanuary–March, 2013Locals call it “The Snake,” and the name says it all. Beautiful, but deadly. The course is 32 miles of the Pinhoti Trail in North Georgia, ridden three times over three months in the dead of winter. Fastest time wins. “It’s the only trail I’ve ever cursed at,” says 2011’s singlespeed champ Eric Nicoletti. “The first 17 miles are pretty standard. A little uphill, a little downhill. Some rocks and roots. Then you’re going along the ridgeline and the rocks get bigger and bigger until eventually, you’re trying to get around home-appliance-sized rocks. Then you’ve got Bruce Dickman, the race announcer. He gets out there on the course with a bullhorn and heckles the racers.” snake.nwgasprba.orgMassanutten Hoo-Hamassanutten resort, virginiaJune 8-9, 2013The Hoo-Ha is two days of racing on Massanutten’s Western Slope, a semi-private singletrack course lovingly maintained by the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition. Racers choose from 12-mile XC course or the 32-mile XXC course. If you’re more gravity inclined, you’ve got a short track race or the Super D, a fast race over a 3.5-mile course that begins high on Massanutten Mountain and challenges your downhill endurance. The Hoo-Ha is the jewel in the Triple Crown East Series, a mountain bike event series that also includes the Bump n’ Grind in Alabama and the Fontana Dam Jam in North Carolina. massresort.comChomolungma Challengesnowshoe mountain, west virginiaAugust, 2013One of the South’s newest races, the Chomolungma may also be one of the region’s most unique. It’s an enduro downhill event, with riders bombing laps on Snowshoe’s bike park in the steep Western Territory. The fastest biker to drop the elevation of Mount Everest wins. Here’s a numbers breakdown to whet your appetite.1,500 feet—Vertical drop per lap20—Number of laps you’ll ride29,035 feet—Total elevation you’ll drop, the reverse height of Everest.Chomolungma—Traditional Tibetan name for Mount Everest.ride.snowshoemtn.comShenandoah Mountain 100stokesville, virginiaSeptember, 2013The SM100 is the original mountain bike sufferfest. It was the first 100-mile mountain bike race on the East Coast on singletrack, founded by   race director Chris Scott.15 years ago, why put on a 100-miler? We needed a bigger, better adventure on the East Coast. It was kind of the heyday of 24 hour races, but we felt going around in circles was missing something. We wanted bigger terrain. When I came up with the 100-mile idea, my friends didn’t think it was possible. We hadn’t ridden 100 miles on trail before. This was the first trail-based 100 miler on the East Coast.What makes the race so popular?The trails. The trails here are just so good. The beer from Starr Hill helps too.What’s your favorite part of the course?We designed the course around the Chestnut Ridge downhill. It’s 10 miles of downhill that starts so high up, so far out there in the backcountry. We put it near the end of the race so everyone remembers it. Personally, my favorite trail on the course is Dowells Draft. You’re surfing sidehill for five miles.Anything big planned for the 15th anniversary?We’ll have brand new trail to ride. We just finished building two miles of trail that goes up Narrow Back Mountain, the first mountain you ride on the course. It’s rocky, with huge school-bus-sized boulders.mtntouring.comPisgah Stage Racebrevard, north carolinaOctober, 2013Make no mistake, signing up for the Pisgah Stage Race is a commitment. Five long days of riding infamous Pisgah singletrack is not to be taken lightly. “You’re racing the best cross-country bikers in the South,” says Kym Schifino, the overall women’s winner in 2012. “The climbs are brutal, but at the top, you have a world-class downhill. It’s impossible not to have fun on Black Mountain. That’s my absolute favorite trail on the course. Pure downhill fun, and a lot of the stages end with it. Yes, there’s some hike-a-bike. Farlow Gap is the toughest part of the race. It’s full of rocks that you have to carry your bike over, and you slip and turn an ankle. It’s just as easy to wreck walking Farlow as it is riding it.” blueridgeadventures.netBest of the RestFontana IcycleFontana Village, North CarolinaJanuary, 2013 • icyclerace.comCohutta 100Ocoee Whitewater Center, TennesseeApril 27, 2013 • trailheadoutdoors.comDragon’s TaleNew Castle, VirginiaApril, 2013 • mtntouring.comMiddle Mountain MamaDouthat State Park, VirginiaMay 5, 2013 • mountainbikevirginia.comPisgah 111kBrevard, North CarolinaMay 18, 2013 • pisgahproductions.comTHULE Urban AssaultRichmond, VirginiaMay 18, 2013 • dominionriverrock.comCole Subaru Crying Wolf ChallengeBluefield, West VirginiaMay 19, 2013  • cryingwolfchallenge.comBurn 24-Hour ChallengeWilkesboro, North CarolinaMay 25, 2013 • burn24hour.comTrans-Sylvania Mountain Bike EpicState College, PennsylvaniaMay 26-June 1, 2013 • tsepic.comGran Fondo Alleghany HighlandsCovington, VirginiaJuly 12-14, 2013 • visitalleghanyhighlands.comGeorgia Singlespeed State ChampionshipHartwell, GeorgiaSeptember, 2013 • gsschamp.comBaker’s DozenForks Area Trail System, South CarolinaOctober, 2013 • sorbacsra.orgSwank 65Brevard, North CarolinaNovember, 2013 • blueridgeadventures.netNorth Carolina Cyclocross SeriesVarious locations, North CarolinaOctober-January, 2013-14Virginia Cyclocross SeriesVarious locations, VirginiaOctober-December, 2013For more great Race Ahead information check out these sections:SnowsportsTrail RunningRoad RunningMountain BikingRoad CyclingClimbingPaddlingHikingMultisportSuperlativeslast_img read more

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TPL Says Three Big States Led Land Conservation Votes on Tuesday

first_imgMissoula County, Mont. – Voters passed 54-46% a $42 million bond to build out Fort Missoula Regional Park, expand trails throughout the county, and build and repair neighborhood parks in Missoula. Maine – Voters passed, 65-35%, a $10 million bond measure to help pay for infrastructure which would reduce threats to the state’s water resources and protect fisheries and habitat for water birds and other aquatic animals. Portland, Ore. – A $68 million bond to repair and maintain the city’s parks won 72-28%. Los Angeles County, Calif. – A proposed extension of an existing parcel tax measure to pay for county parks and recreation won 62-38% support from voters, but failed because it needed a 2/3 margin for enactmentDetails of local conservation ballots measures dating back to 1988 can be found at www.landvote.org. California – Voters passed, 67-33%, a $7.5 billion water bond, which includes $1.5 billion for land conservation. It will be the first new state funding dedicated to land conservation since 2006. Benton County, Wash. – A 10-year property tax, which was expected to generate $1 million annually for open space, was defeated 45-55% Bernalillo County, N.M – Voters in this county, which includes Albuquerque, gave 72-28% approval to a 15-year property tax for open space and natural areas. A record $13 billion for land conservation was approved by voters across America on voting day this week, including large statewide measures in Florida, New Jersey, and California, The Trust for Public Land said.“Tuesday was a remarkable day for land conservation in states and cities across America,” said Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land, the nation’s leader in creating public funding for parks and open space. “Voters in Florida, New Jersey and California all approved measures which will mean billions of dollars will be spent to preserve the special places which are important to them and their families. And that approval came from voters regardless of their party affiliation.”“But the results were not surprising,” Rogers said. “For more than 20 years, The Trust for Public Land has seen that support from Democratic, Republican and independent voters alike. Whether voters are red or blue, they are both green when they are willing to vote with their pocketbooks to protect special places.”The measures included:Florida – An amendment to the state constitution won 75-25% approval and will dedicate $18 billion over the next 20 years, with half that amount set aside for new land conservation, including major investments in the Everglades. The $9 billion total makes up the bulk of the $13 billion approved Tuesday. The Florida measure was the largest land conservation measure ever approved in a single state. Larimer County, Colo. A 25-year sales tax extension to protect natural areas, open space and rivers won 81-19% approval by the county’s voters, which includes Fort Collins. It is expected to generate more than $10.4 million annually with half to be shared back to the county’s 8 municipalities. New Jersey – By 65-35%, voters dedicated $2.15 billion over the next 20 years for land conservation, using a portion of corporate business taxes collected by the state. North Dakota – A proposed state constitutional amendment was defeated 21-79%. It would have dedicated 5% of the state’s oil extraction tax money to parks and conservation for the next 25 years, or about $75 million annually.last_img read more

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Explore More Top Adventure Towns

first_imgDon’t stop at the winning towns! Explore the rest of these Blue Ridge adventure hubs next time you’re looking for an outdoorsy getaway. Martinsburg, W.Va.Hike the Tuscarora Trail, a 242-mile blue blazed side trail that runs parallel to the Appalachian Trail.Martinsville, Va.Paddle the Smith River Trail System and attend the Smith River Fest.Frankfort, Ky.Capitol View Park offers five miles of mountain bike trails in the heart of the city, and Cove Spring Park and Nature Reserve features trails, wetlands and waterfalls—also within city limits. Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, Life Adventure Center, and Salato Wildlife Education Center are outstanding locations for nature viewing, hiking and exploring.Charleston, W.Va.Load up the bikes and explore 9,000-acre Kanawha State Forest, laced with 30 miles of hiking and biking trails.Morgantown, W.Va.  Coopers Rock State Forest offers 13,000 acres of adventure for hikers and bikers.Harrisonburg, Va.Mountain bike in the GW, and then hit the ski slopes of Massanutten Resort.Charlottesville, Va.The Rivanna Trail encircles the city, and O-Hill is a popular trail network on UVA’s campus, but the most magnificent trails are in nearby Shenandoah National Park.Morganton, N.C.Just north of town, explore the rugged, remote trails and crags of Linville Gorge.Hendersonville, N.C.The Blue Ridge Parkway, DuPont State Forest, Green River, and Pisgah National Forest are all within striking distance.Waynesville, N.C.Ride Coleman Mountain Panther Creek Loop or hike up Cold Mountain.Greenville, S.C.Hike or bike the Swamp Rabbit Trail, or summit Sassafras Mountain.Asheville, N.C.Get on two wheels at Bent Creek, or paddle the French Broad River through downtown.Evans, Ga.Explore the Fork Area Trail System (aka: FATS) for 37 miles of trails.Boone/Blowing Rock, N.C.Take your fishing poles to the Watauga River, or take your skis to Beech Mountain Ski Resort.Johnson City, Tenn.Hike Roan Mountain, paddle the Nolichucky, or go for a trail run at Warriors’ Path State Park.Chattanooga, Tenn.Explore Lookout Mountain by boot or bike, or go for a trail run at Raccoon Mountain or Stringers Ridge.Charlotte, N.C.Paddle at the U.S. National Whitewater Center; explore Sherman Branch MTB Park.Atlanta, Ga.Run at Kennesaw Mountain or at Cochran Shoals along the Chattahoochee River.Charleston, S.C.Explore the 7-mile Palmetto Trail via foot or on wheels.Columbus, Ga.Riverwalk provides 15 miles of trail around the Chattahoochee River.Birmingham, Ala.Moss Rock Preserve offers challenging rides, and Red Mountain State Parksoffer tons of trails for hiking and running.Greensboro, N.C.Take in 42 miles of rolling Piedmont foothills around Lake Higgins on foot or by bike.Knoxville, Tenn.Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness is a unique urban playground offering 50 miles of trails.Washington, D.C.Rock Creek Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country.Richmond, Va.Rock hop on Belle Isle, an island in the James River and part of James River State Park.Virginia Beach, Va.Explore Back Bay and paddle through over 12,000 acres of protected coastal marsh and marsh habitat.Louisville, Ky.Head down to the Ohio Riverfront and play in the Louisville Waterfront Park.Chesapeake, Va.Paddle the Great Dismal Swamp Canal, or take a canoe to paddle around Lake Drummond.Lexington, Ky.Kayak Elkhorn Creek; fish the 47-acre lake at Jacobson Park.Baltimore, Md.Explore the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary, home to 1,000-year-old trees.Brevard, N.C.Brevard serves as the gateway to Pisgah National Forest, DuPont, and Gorges State Park.Dawsonville, Ga.Explore Amicalola Falls State Park and the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.Sylva, N.C.Hike in Pinnacle Park or anywhere in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or paddle/ fly fishing the Tuck.Cherokee, N.C.Cherokee offers front door access to Mingo and Soco Falls, the Oconaluftee River and Trail, and the Great Smokies.Bryson City, N.C.Mountain bikers should hit up Tsali Recreation Area. Steep creekers can paddle the Cascades of the Upper Nantahala.Ellijay, Ga.The mountain bike capital of Georgia is at the doorstep of endless trails in Chattahoochee National Forest.Walhalla, S.C.Paddlers will want to add the nearby Chattooga and Tallulah Rivers to their bucket list.Fayetteville, W.Va.The New River Gorge provides world-class whitewater, top-notch sport and trad climbing, bouldering, and hiking.London, Ky.The cycling capital of Kentucky, London offers easy access to the Bluegrass Tour Bicycle Route.McHenry, Md.Visit 3,900-acre Deep Creek Lake or tackle class IV rapids and slalom course at Adventure Sports Center International.Abingdon, Va.The Virginia Creeper Trail starts in Abingdon and spans 34 well-graded rail-trail miles.Davis, W.Va.Cross-country ski at White Grass Ski Touring Center or backpack through the Dolly Sods Wilderness.Lexington, Va.Hike to Devil’s Marbleyard or fish and float the Maury River through Goshen Pass.Ohiopyle, Pa.Hike the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail or paddle the class III Lower Youghiogheny River.Woodstock, Va.Explore Skyline Drive and adventures in Shenandoah National Park.last_img read more

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Hike the Southeast

first_imgThe county’s most popular hike, The Devil’s Bathtub, is located within the Jefferson National Forest. Choose from two different hikes—a seven-mile round trip along Devil’s Fork Loop or the two-mile trek to the Bathtub. Be prepared with the right shoes for 13 creek crossings and slippery rocks.   Experience the natural areas of Charles County on the Indian Head Rail Trail. Hikers, bikers, and nature lovers alike will enjoy passing through a variety of ecosystems on this 13-mile paved trail. Enjoy Thomas Stone National Historic Site to witness 109 species of birds within their natural habitat.  Take in the high elevation views at the Highland Wildlife Management Area. Photo by Meghan Marchetti/DWR Après Hike LakeHartwellCountry.com When you get off the trail, check out the local restaurants, breweries, and wineries in the nearby towns of St. Paul, Lebanon, Honaker, and the community of Castlewood. Getaway and hike all day in Russell County, Va.  Hike the Appalachian Trail to Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee Knob, and Tinker Cliffs for three of the most iconic viewpoints in Virginia. Photo by Rochelle Masudal Take in the wonder that is the Natural Bridge when you visit Lexington. Photo courtesy of Lexington Explore the region by way of the Roanoke Valley Greenways. More than 30 miles of trails connect Downtown Roanoke, parks, and nearby waterways. These paved and natural surface trails are perfect for a casual walk, run, or bike ride close to town. Stop at Green Hill Park for picnic spots and access to the Roanoke River.  Tucked away in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina, Lake Hartwell Country is home to sweeping vistas, powerful rivers, and refreshing lakes.  Located on the bank of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, Muse Vineyards is the perfect fall getaway in Virginia. Enjoy a flight of five different wines or order a bottle as you soak up the views of the Shenandoah Valley. From the tasting room and patio to the swinging bridge and river, take the 1.8-mile self-guided tour through the vineyard.   Combine the award-winning wines from Muse Vineyards with the abundance of nearby hiking trails for a relaxing vacation in the mountains.MuseVineyards.com Bland County, VA Whether you’re looking for an easy day hike or an overnight backpacking experience, Green Ridge State Forest has more than 50 miles of hiking trails to explore. Photo courtesy Allegany County Tourism Located on the bank of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, Muse Vineyards is the perfect fall getaway in Virginia. Photo by Appeal Photography LLC. Straddling the Virginia-Kentucky border, you’ll find an additional 25 miles of hiking trails at Breaks Interstate Park. Referred to as the Grand Canyon of the South, take in the wonder of the Russell Fork running through the five-mile gorge. Discover other activities in the park, including mountain bike rentals, geocaching, fishing, and more. Reserve the Muse Vineyards Farmhouse so you won’t have to walk far when you’re ready to turn in for the night. From the screened porch to the in-ground pool, find your spot to relax and unwind in this 225-year old restored farmhouse.  In the southwestern corner of Virginia, Hungry Mother State Park features more than 17 miles of trails open all year for hiking and biking. As one of the original six state parks, Hungry Mother is known for its woodlands and a peaceful mountain lake. Climb through the rhododendron, ferns, and wildflowers up the switchbacks on Molly’s Knob and Vista Trail to the stunning 180-degree views at the top. Clyburn Ridge Loop Trail is a four-mile, multi-use trail offering an amazing view of Hungry Mother Lake. when you’re done on the trails, paddle the 108-acre lake or fish for bass, channel catfish, walleye, and more. Reserve a cabin, lodge, yurt, or campsite throughout the park for an overnight stay.  Muse Vineyards, VA Satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop from Landon’s Ices and Creams, serving up delicious homemade ice cream flavors like snickerdoodle and red velvet cream cheese. Or enjoy fall specialty cupcakes, including caramel apple, maple bacon, and chocolate peppermint, from Michelle’s Cakes. Then take a  shopping break at the St. Charles Towne Center Mall. End your day with a refreshing drink and mountain views. Visit some of the area’s award-winning wineries, breweries, and distilleries on the Mountain Maryland Tap and Pour Craft Beverage Tour, and be sure to visit the many area restaurants, including theopen-air dining in downtown Cumberland.  Conveniently located a short drive from major East Coast cities like Pittsburgh, Pa., Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C., hike all day in Allegany County, Md., this fall.  From mountain creek trails to sweeping high-country scenic vistas, Scott County offers a variety of hiking options in the southwestern tip of Virginia.  The Virginia Triple Crown is a must-see while you’re in the area. Hike the Appalachian Trail to Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee Knob, and Tinker Cliffs for three of the most iconic viewpoints in Virginia. They are the perfect spots for a challenging hike with views of the changing leaves.  Conveniently located at the interchange of Interstate 81 and 64, Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County sit at the southern gateway to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. VisitVBR.com | VisitSalemVA.com An iconic local landmark, hike House Mountain for sweeping views of the mountains and valleys. Walk or run the Chessie Trail as it parallels the Maury River for seven miles from Lexington to Buena Vista. Hike seven miles of trails at Natural Bridge State Park and bring the kiddos to the new Children’s Discovery Area and Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom. Grab a bite to eat at one of the county’s many iconic restaurants, such as the Hob Nob, Campus Drive-in, Teddy’s, ChuBeez, or Front Porch Store and Deli. No trip to Scott County is complete without a visit to The Family Bakery for the world’s best cupcakes. Hike for a few hours or days on the Appalachian Trail as it traverses the ridges and valleys of the county. Summit Chestnut Knob for stunning views of Burke’s Garden or stop by the Brushy Mountain Outpost for a delicious meal right off the trail. The Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum is open for walking tours with short trails and picnic shelters around the village. Climb the 100-foot tower at Big Walker Lookout for views of five states, plus load up on local jams, coffee, and ice cream.  Take the time to check off some bucket list items with a hike on the Appalachian Trail or a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Head to Walkabout Outfitter, Lex Running Shop, and Journey Outdoors for all of your outdoor needs while in town.  From open fields and beaches to wooded areas and steep terrain, Maxwell Hall Park has 14.2 miles of diverse trails on the Patuxent. The tranquil Port Tobacco River Park features an additional three miles of walking trails and several observation platforms to take in the local flora, fauna, and Bald Eagle’s Nest.  Just down the road, take a scenic walk, and enjoy the quaint Friendship Farm Park along the Nanjemoy Creek.   Après Hike Virginia State Parks Bordered by the Potomac River to the west and Patuxent River to the east with more than 20,000 acres of parkland and miles of trail to explore, Charles County, Md. is a hiker’s paradise.  Photo courtesy Charles County Government The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) maintains more than 225,000 acres of public land on 46 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) around Virginia. More rugged and “wild” than a state park, a WMA offers excellent opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, and experiencing nature.  Get Out and Play Outfitters is your one-stop shop for all things adventure in Allegany County. Sign up for canoe and kayak rentals and bike shuttles to make the most out of your trip. For all things biking, including rentals, maintenance, and transport, Cumberland Trail Connection has you covered. They also supply everything you need to brew your own beerat home.  At 19 miles, the Chief Benge Scout Trail creates the perfect tour of the High Knob land formation. Starting at the High Knob Lookout Tower near Norton and ending at the Hanging Rock Recreation Area, the trail passes everything from sweeping 360-degree vistas of five states to rugged mountain stream gorges, waterfalls, two high elevation lakes, and dense hardwood forests. Après Hike RockbridgeOutdoors.com Located in central Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, James River State Park provides 22 miles of hiking through quiet forests and along the river. Tye River Overlook, a trail made of smooth, crushed gravel, leads to the park’s most iconic view of the James River. River Trail parallels the river for 3.1 miles. Keep a lookout for deer, beavers, otters, and various waterfowl along the water and in the wetland. Tye River Overlook, Green Hill Pond Trail, and the fishing pier are wheelchair-accessible. Test your mountain biking skills on the well-maintained trails or float eight miles of the river. Choose from a primitive campsite, cabin, or lodge for a night near the James River.  Take in the grandeur of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, or the Blue Wall, where the mountains drop a dramatic 2,000 feet in less than half a mile to the foothills below. Due to this drastic change in elevation, the area has a higher concentration of waterfalls than anywhere else in the country. Choose from a variety of hikes, ranging from easy to strenuous, to see the tumbling cascades up close.  At just a half mile, Tank Hollow Falls is a great hike for all skill levels to enjoy Russell County. Photo by Preston Ball Photography, courtesy of Russell County  From mountain streams and waterfalls to the peaks of nearby mountains, hike miles of trail at Table Rock State Park. Encounter wildlife and quiet mountain trails at Oconee State Park. Both parks provide additional access for fishing, paddling, and camping. Traverse the escarpment along the Foothills Trail, a 77-mile trail connecting the Table Rock and Oconee state parks. Along the way, you’ll cross through the Jocassee Gorges where streams cut these rugged gorges over thousands of years.  While you’re in the area, take some time to watch the elk from one of the public wildlife viewing shelters near the Southern Gap Visitor Center. In 2012, 71 elk were reintroduced to the area after an almost 100-year absence. Today, that population has expanded to several hundred elk. The best time to visit is sunrise or sunset when these magnificent animals are the most active. Don’t forget about the Southern Gap Elk Fest, celebrating all things wildlife and mountain culture, October 14-17, 2020.  Head into the town of Grundy at the end of the day for a variety of delicious dining options. This fall, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of “Wild” Buchanan County and experience the natural wonder of the mountains.  In Northwest Virginia, Highland WMA is located in Highland County, which is generally regarded as having the highest average elevation of any county east of the Mississippi River. The management area offers an array of trails for hikers, 20 miles of road, and a cable suspension footbridge across the Bullpasture River at Bullpasture Gorge just north of Williamsville. On Virginia’s coast, York River State Park protects a rare estuarine environment where freshwater and saltwater meet. Designated a Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, hike more than 30 miles of trails to experience the diverse delicate ecosystems and marine life for yourself. Backbone Trail to Riverview Trail is a longer hike to the York River with a lookout at the end. Look for ospreys and great blue herons at one of the observation decks along Taskinas Creek Trail. Search for signs of the past at Fossil Beach and walk over marshes on Mattaponi Trail. Horseback riders of all abilities will enjoy the fields of wild flora and secluded forests along the Meh Te Kos Bridle Trail or can take on the difficult terrain on the Challenge Loop.    Refuel at one of the laid-back eateries, including JJ’s Meat Shack, Pink Cadillac Diner, Salerno Wood Fired Pizza & Taphouse, and TAPS. Follow the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail for a post-adventure craft beer or visit a vineyard or cidery. For a bit of nostalgia, catch a movie at Hull’s Drive-In through October. Check into The Georges, a restored 200-year-old inn offering designer accommodations, for a restful night’s sleep.  From the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay to the peaks and valleys of the Appalachian Mountains, discover the best hiking trails at a Virginia State Park. With 38 parks around the commonwealth, you can find a trail that fits your speed. Whether you prefer challenging mountain climbs or nature strolls perfect for the whole family, get outside this fall at a Virginia State Park. After time spent climbing mountains, head underground at Dixie Caverns for views of unique, towering formations. Stop into the antique store and rock shop for a souvenir to remind you of your trip.  Allegany County, MD Find information, including descriptions, WMA maps, facilities available, and more at VirginiaWildlife.gov/wma Rockingham County, VA For an overnight stay, check out Appalachian Mountain Cabins, Estilville Bed & Breakfast, Roberts Mills Suites, Boone Pointe Cabins, or Happy Trails Cottage. Or pitch a tent along the Clinch River at SomeThing Squatchy or Camp Clinch. Lake Hartwell Country, SC ExploreScottCountyVA.org Après Hike In George Washington National Forest, hike to the High Knob Fire Tower on the Virginia-West Virginia border for views of the valley. Photo by Lori Mier Après Hike In George Washington National Forest, hike to the High Knob Fire Tower on the Virginia-West Virginia border for views of the valley. In Shenandoah National Park, Bearfence Mountain, Blackrock Summit, and Hightop Mountain provide a variety of trail lengths and difficulties featuring rock scrambles and panoramic vistas. Located just seven miles from the Appalachian Trail, stop by Appalachian Trail Outfitters for all of your apparel, footwear, and gear needs out in the woods.  ExploreCharlesCounty.com Relax at Eupepsia Wellness Resort, voted the number two health and wellness resort in the nation. Their restaurant offers lovely al fresco dining with meals made from vegetables grown on-site. Grab a delicious meal for you and your furry friend from Harners Old Country Store.  Less than a mile down the road, discover the beauty of Seven Bends State Park. Follow the seven bends of the Shenandoah River or hike the trails up the western slope of Powell Mountain. Talus Trail connects with Massanutten Trail for an additional 70 miles of hiking in George Washington National Forest. Paddle three miles of the river or wade into the water to fish for smallmouth bass.  Massanutten Resort offers outdoor recreation and relaxation opportunities around every corner. Hike Massanutten Ridge Trail for views of the mountain, resort area, and central Shenandoah Valley. Bring your mountain bike for the lift access bike park or ride the backcountry trails at the Western Slope. Explore the rest of the resort with ziplining, go-cart racing, and more. Choose from a number of lodging options to stay close to the action.  Head into one of the seven small towns within the county for a meal and a drink at the end of the day. From biscuit mixes to some of Virginia’s finest ham, Fulks Run Grocery stocks everything you need to make a delicious dinner. Order specialty burgers and sandwiches from Cracked Pillar Pub or build your own burger at Old 33 Beer & Burger Grill. center_img Charles County, MD The best time to see the elk in Buchanan County is sunrise or sunset when these magnificent animals are the most active. Photo courtesy Buchanan County The Coal Canyon Trail System offers 114 miles of multi-use trails. Hikers, bikers, and UTV drivers can expect a variety of easy, moderate, and hard trails to get outside and test their skills. This system boasts a total of more than 200 connected miles of trail around the county and surrounding area for multiple full days of fun.  Paddle Lake Jocassee in the fall for views of the changing leaves. Photo courtesy Lake Hartwell County Buchanan County, VA Find peace and adventure in the land by the Blue Wall when you getaway to Lake Hartwell Country. South Carolina is just right!  Après Hike At the end of the day, head into the City of Salem for family-friendly patio dining at El Jefe Taqueria or Mac and Bob’s. If you’re looking for craft beer and good times, stop by Olde Salem Brewing Company and Parkway Brewing Company for a taste of the mountains.  Plan your next hiking trip at a Virginia State Park to experience the best the commonwealth has to offer.  Take Virginia’s Blue Ridge Stay Safe Pledge when you visit the area to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following social distancing guidelines and wearing a mask when around others.  WildBuchanan.com  You’ll find seven trails of varying lengths and difficulty at Natural Tunnel State Park. The most popular, Lover’s Leap, is only .36 miles and provides hikers the opportunity to gaze down to the that was naturally-carved through a limestone ridge over thousands of years. Additionally, the park offers great camping sites and four primitive yurts. A hike to Little Stony Falls is a photographer’s dream. With three waterfalls, this 2.8-mile trail follows Little Stony Creek through a 400-foot deep and 1,700-foot wide gorge featuring large outcrops, rock ledges, and boulders. The highlight of the trip is the 27-foot waterfall at the top, offering the perfect swimming hole or spot to cast a line for trophy trout. Dive deep into Rockingham’s lore at Elkton Brewing Company where the craft beers are named for local landmarks and stories. Located on a sixth generation-owned farm, try one of the seasonal beers on tap at Cave Hill Farms Brewery.  Finish up your day with a taste of the South Carolina mountains. Order a craft beer from Jocassee Valley Brewing Company or Appalachian Ale House as you snack on pub food and listen to live music. Head to Lazy Bear Winery and Victoria Valley Vineyards for a wine tasting or a bottle to go.  With a location in Downtown Roanoke and the Valley View Mall, Walkabout Outfitters is a one-stop-shop for everything you need out on the trail. Whether you’re looking for something you forgot to pack or need tips on the best hikes in the area, these local outdoor enthusiasts have you covered. Conveniently located near Carvins Cove, Just the Right Gear Bike Shop has you covered for a day in the saddle, including gear, apparel, and advice.  When you’re done on the trail, fish Lake Shenandoah for largemouth bass, channel catfish, and musky. Head underground at Endless Caverns and Grand Caverns for one of a kind geological formations like the Cathederal Room and the Rainbow Room.  Through the end of October, jump into some fall fun at Back Home-on the Farm, including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and campfires. Pick out the perfect pumpkin from Every Soul Acres, plus freshly picked sunflowers.  Après Hike BlandCountyVA.gov As one of the most beautiful areas in the world, discover all that the mountains of southwestern Virginia have to offer when you hike Russell County. The Cleveland Barrens, Pinnacle, and Channels natural area preserves provide a gateway to one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the country. View unique geological formations, rare species, and the Clinch River from the winding trails.  In southwest Virginia, spanning Smyth, Washington, Russell, and Tazewell counties, Clinch Mountain WMA is the most biologically diverse WMA in Virginia. It encompasses 25,477 acres of mountain forest along Clinch Mountain, contains Laurel Bed Lake, and spans elevations from 2,200 feet along Big Tumbling Creek to its highest point at 4,700 feet on Beartown Mountain. The naturalist can wander through mature-growth forests predominantly wooded by oak and hickory, rhododendron thickets, beaver ponds, a lake, meadows, shrublands, managed forests and prescribed burns, and even red spruce forest atop Beartown Mountain. Between the Alleghany and Blue Ridge mountains, Rockingham, Va. rests just minutes from the George Washington National Forest and Shenandoah National Park. Nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, you’ll find plenty to do just two hours from Washington, D.C. Whether you’re planning for a day, weekend, or week-long trip, immerse yourself in the outdoors, cultural amenities, inviting small towns, historical attractions, and farm-to-table dining opportunities that abound in Rockingham County.  Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources Bordered by the Potomac River to the west and Patuxent River to the east with more than 20,000 acres of parkland and miles of trail to explore, Charles County, Md. is a hiker’s paradise.  Virginia’s Blue Ridge Scott County, VA MDMountainSide.com Lexington, VA Charles County has plenty of parks and outdoor recreation for you to enjoy. Experience the wonder of the marshes and coastal woodlands at Chapman State Park. This park offers a scenic vista of the Potomac, making it a great location to fish for largemouth bass, sunfish, or birdwatch in an Important Bird Area. Just down the river, Smallwood State Park offers a little bit of everything for visitors. The park has a marina, hiking trails, boat ramp, picnicking facilities, campsites, and rich history dating back to the Revolutionary War. Chapel Point State Park is another pristine park that offers more than 3,000 feet of shoreline to view the Port Tobacco River.  Regardless of the type of terrain you like, there’s a WMA to suit—coastal plains, mountains, and in between. Many of them also host portions of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail (VBWT). In the coastal areas, on WMAs like Hog Island and Princess Anne, bird-watching is quite popular. The Mockhorn Island WMA is an Atlantic coastal island of over 7,000 acres of prime tidal marsh and includes a loop of the VBWT. In Fauquier County, the Thompson WMA features seven miles of the Appalachian Trail. Thompson WMA is famous for a remarkable display of large-flowered trilliums that blanket almost two square miles of forest floor in the spring, accessible via the Trillium Trail. Whether you’re looking for an easy day hike or an overnight backpacking experience, Green Ridge State Forest has more than 50 miles of hiking trails to explore. The trail system connects with the C&O Canal Towpath, a 184.5-mile trail from Georgetown to Cumberland, Md., and part of the National Park System. Follow the loop around Lake Habeeb at Rocky Gap State Park for beautiful views of the changing leaves. The park offers plenty of other paddling, fishing, and mountain biking opportunities, plus campsites, cabins, and yurts for an extended stay. Find additional fishing, picnicking, and camping spots at Dans MountainState Park.  Après Hike Russell County, VA VirginiaStateParks.gov Hike for a few hours or days on the Appalachian Trail as it traverses the ridges and valleys of Bland County. Photo courtesy Bland County Head into the mountains near the Virginia-West Virginia border to Douthat State Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ranging from easy to difficult, hike more than 40 miles throughout the park to waterfalls and scenic overlooks. Most trails are also open to mountain bikers. Mountain Top Trail follows several ridges to a lookout while also connecting visitors with more miles of trails in the George Washington National Forest. Blue Suck Falls Trail offers beautiful views of the falling water and whirlpool at the base of the waterfall. Kids will enjoy the special fishing area just below the dammed section of Wilson Creek as they try their hand at catching trout before moving up to the 50-acre Douthat Lake for largemouth bass, sunfish, and crappie. Spend the night at one of the park’s cabins or campsites.  Completely surrounded by forestland, experience fall at Bark Camp Lake in Scott County. Photo by Pam Cox. Stop by the new visitor center for interactive wildlife displays and an observation deck with panoramic views of the mountains. Additionally, several all-purpose trails start from the parking lot, giving nature lovers the chance to watch for the 220 bird species that call the county home and beautiful views of the night sky. Cabins, RV hookups, and campsites are open for those who want to stay close to the action. Get outside and soak in the allure of Charles County, Md. with great outdoors and waterways.  Traverse an open bald, walk past blooming wildflowers, and take in panoramic views on the Sugar Hill Loop Trail. Piece trails together to experience more natural wonders in the town of St. Paul and Bluebell Island Preserve within the larger trail system. Choose from a steep climb or a gravel service road to take in the incredible sights from the Mendota Fire Tower and Overlook. For a longer excursion, the Brumley Mountain Trail is a 14.6-mile route marked by towering boulders, slot canyons, and switchbacks through a unique landscape.  This fall, visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge to take in the stunning fall colors from the soaring mountain peaks surrounding the Roanoke Valley. This metro mountain destination will keep you busy all day with more than 1,000 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and paddling. Head out on your favorite hike this fall or discover some new ones with this guide to 13 of the top hiking destinations in our region. When you’re done on the trail, scout out the best spots in town to grab a drink. Please check with locations prior to travel to make sure it is safe to visit or use this guide to plan future trips when we can all be together again. Delight in the views of more than 130 species of wildflowers in bloom at Nine Times Preserve. In the spring, keep your eye out for the rare Oconee Bell flowers at Devils Fork State Park. Cross the natural bridge and take in the views of the lake at Keowee-Toxaway State Park.   The entire family will enjoy an outing to Creation Kingdom Zoo, an interactive habitat for rare and endangered species. This fall, kids will also enjoy a trip to the Punkin’ Patch for a stroll through the corn maze or ride on the hay wagon. Après Hike ExperienceRussell.com Try Belle’s Bistro for a midday meal featuring delicious sandwiches and cheeses made in house. Grab a slice of artisan pizza to go from Humble Pie. Sample a little bit of everything at Pumpkintown Mountain Opry, from smoothies and local roasts to mouthwatering barbecue.  There are so many other spots to explore when you visit Lake Hartwell Country, including paddling Lake Jocassee, Keowee, and Hartwell, whitewater rafting the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River, and driving the picturesque and winding backroads. Stop by the Chattooga River Fly Shop for gear rentals, flies, and more while you’re in the area.  Après Hike The waters of Buchanan County offer a variety of recreational opportunities. Head to the Levisa River for some terrific smallmouth bass fishing from the river’s banks or Dismal Creek for stocked rainbow trout. Kayak or whitewater raft sections of the Russell Fork that feature class V rapids on the weekends of October.  Located in the mountains of southwest Virginia and surrounded by Jefferson National Forest, immerse yourself in the scenic vistas of Bland County.  For farm to table cuisine with a taste of southern Maryland, The Charles is the place to be with mouthwatering choices on-the-go or in their expansive terrace. Experience the rolling hills of the local Serenity Farm and buy fresh produce and meats. The farm offers a variety of fall activities, including hayrides, a petting zoo, face painting, hay bale maze, and a pumpkin patch.  Take a trip to the Mountain Side of Maryland where you’ll find hundreds of miles to hikein Allegany County. Situated among the Appalachian Ridge and Valley province and Allegheny Mountains, there are plenty of places to play as 60,000 acres, or one in every four acres in the county, are public land.  WanderLove is calling you to Scott County, Va. While primarily known as biking trails, the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath are also great options for hiking as the two long-distance trails meet in Cumberland, Md. There are hundreds of miles of rail trails to explore from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Washington, D.C. The nearby Potomac River offers several river access points for fishing, paddling, and floating. For a more primitive backpacking experience, the Great Eastern Trail is a 1,600-mile hiking trail stretching from Alabama to New York. Pass through Maryland by way of the C&O Canal Towpath and Green Ridge State Forest trail system before crossing into Pennsylvania. VisitRockingham.com Cover photo courtesy Getty Images From the scenic mountains and lush forestland to the flowing waters, Buchanan County, Va. is the perfect fall getaway for hiking and wildlife viewing.  Climb through the rhododendron, ferns, and wildflowers up the switchbacks on Molly’s Knob and Vista Trail to the stunning 180-degree views at the top. Photos courtesy Virginia State Parks Several hostels in the area, including Lickskillet Hostel and Weary Feet Hostel, provide a place to rest after a long day of hiking. Rent a room at Big Walker Motel or a full cabin from Dismal Falls Trading Co.  Discover more trails on foot or bike at Carvins Cove. Known as one of the best mountain biking trail systems in America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital, you’ll find more than 60 miles of trail, ranging in difficulty, to ride. You can also fish or paddle the 600-acre reservoir for a new perspective of the natural reserve.  WMA lands are purchased and maintained with funds from the purchase of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses and through Wildlife Restoration Funds. To access a WMA, you’ll need to have purchased one of the following: a Virginia hunting, fishing, or trapping license; a Virginia boat registration; a DWR access permit; or a DWR Restore the Wild membership. Keep in mind that some WMAs are open for hunting at certain times of the year.last_img read more

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Cristina Fernández Visited CERN and Signed a Cooperation Agreement

first_imgBy Dialogo June 16, 2009 Geneva, June 15 (EFE).- Today the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, visited CERN, the European Laboratory of Particle Physics, where she descended to the huge tunnel that keeps the LHC particle accelerator, and signed a cooperation agreement. During the President’s visit, the Minister of Science and Technology of Argentina, Lino Barañao, signed the agreement with CERN’s director, Rolf Heur for the development of high-technology equipment for the LHC, the Large Hadron Collider, the major scientific experiment to discover the origins of the Universe. The particle accelerator, which was launched last October for the first time in a successful test that achieved atoms circulation through a circumference of 27 kilometers, shortly broke down and remained inactive and will, probably, stay inactive until the end of the year. The protocol of the cooperation agreement of 2007, signed between Barañao and the CERN’s director, contemplates that a team of Argentinean equipment specialists will collaborate in the design and construction of two new particle accelerators, the LINAC4 and the SPL. The project will be funded in part by the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the equipment by the National University of Mar del Plata. “The contribution that our engineers are making to the particle accelerator is of greater importance, and the agreement will allow for a much broader involvement,” stated Minister Barañao. He added that “it will be very interesting” because “this work is a universal technological showcase, the development of equipment that later will be seen by all participants.” Cristina Fernández is in Geneva to participate in the Employment Summit that started today within the International Labour Conference, which several heads of state are attending, and which aims at high-level proposals on how to overcome the serious crisis that is affecting employment. This afternoon the President Argentina is scheduled to speak at the Summit, immediately after the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy.last_img read more

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Ban Calls For ‘Wholesale’ Rebuilding Of Haiti

first_img Participants will consider a plan, under which an Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission would channel nearly four billion dollars into specific reconstruction projects and programs during the next 18 months, Ban said. “Clearly, this assistance must be well-spent and well-coordinated,” Ban pointed out. “It must provide for continuing emergency relief: food, sanitation and, most urgently at this moment, shelter.” “As we move from emergency aid to longer-term reconstruction, let us recognize that we cannot accept business as usual,” Ban wrote in The Washington Post. “What we envision today is nothing less than a wholesale national renewal.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged world nations to foster a “wholesale national renewal” of Haiti as the nation emerges from a devastating earthquake. On Wednesday, world leaders gather at UN headquarters in New York for a donors conference that will examine Haiti’s needs. By Dialogo March 30, 2010 Over the next 10 years, Haiti’s reconstruction needs will total an estimated 11.5 billion dollars, according to the UN secretary general. last_img read more

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