• 15 Jan 2015 9:31 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    NAZ Today discusses the proposed increase of entrance fees at multiple Arizona national monuments.
    Three Flagstaff area national monuments - Wupatki, Sunset Crater Volcano and Walnut Canyon - are seeking public comment regarding increasing entrance fees into the monuments.
    Two different plans have been proposed for raising the fees. Read full article...

  • 15 Jan 2015 9:29 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Arizona has plenty of places to stay active, and a few of the best are in the Valley.
    According to a recent ranking by WalletHub, a financial and industry social network, Glendale is one of the best cities in the Valley for active living.
    The study looked into how well cities were supporting active lifestyles by taking into account things such as the number of golf courses, trails and parks. Read full article..

  • 15 Jan 2015 9:25 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Maybe the only thing better than visiting a national park or forest is getting to do it for free.
    The U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service waive admission charges on five days each year as part of a fee-free program established under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.
    Free-access days for 2015 begin with Martin Luther King, Jr., Day on Monday, Jan. 19. Read full article..

  • 08 Jan 2015 11:27 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    The Arizona Game and Fish Department is accepting comments on improving the hunt guidelines to continue the sustainable management of the state's game animals, while providing as much hunting recreation as possible.

    Comments on the existing hunt guidelines may be submitted through Feb. 15, 2015, either by e-mail to, or by mail to Hunt Guidelines, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086.

  • 30 Dec 2014 1:48 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Barclays data show that municipal bonds did better than corporate and U.S. bonds in 2014. Investors are optimistic that the winning streak will continue into 2015. The asset class has seen its longest positive trend in more than 20 years. The Wall Street Journal 

  • 29 Dec 2014 8:15 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Serious hikers and casual walkers are invited to welcome the new year by taking part in guided hikes at 17 Arizona state parks on Jan. 1. More details here...

  • 18 Dec 2014 2:16 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    The U.S. Congress succeeded in passing four land protection billsundefinedwhich will be signed into lawundefinedthat we can feel good about, thanks in part to IMBA and its local supporting organizations working to ensure that popular trails remained open to bikes. One of the bills even moves a 1964 Wilderness boundary to accommodate mountain bike access on high alpine, backcountry singletrack in New Mexico. Read more about the legislation and areas it affects.

  • 18 Dec 2014 9:03 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    The Arizona Trail Association's Seeds of Stewardship program encourages youth participation in the Arizona Trail through a three-tiered approach: experience, education, and service learning. The objective is to inspire the next generation to take an active role in the enjoyment, development, and protection of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, as well as other parks, trails, and public lands throughout the state. The Arizona Trail Junior Explorer Handbook is now available online. The Bureau of Land Management created and printed the handbook, and funds for printing the first 36,000 copies were provided by the National Park Service and the USDA Forest Service. The guide provides environmental education materials for Arizona Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, Audubon Arizona, Desert Botanical Garden, several zoos, and junior high school teachers statewide who are and will be involved in this program as well.  Download the 20-page handbook...

  • 18 Dec 2014 9:02 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    The promotion of cycling and walking for everyday physical activity not only promotes health but can also have positive effects on the environment. The World Health Organization has updated tools and guidance for the economic assessment of transport infrastructure and policies in relation to the health effects of walking and cycling. It also includes reviews of the economic and health literature.  Download the 39-page publication (2.5 mb)...

  • 18 Dec 2014 8:58 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Database serves as a central repository for RTP data for the use of policy makers, administrators, project managers, and the general public, as well as the FHWA. It currently includes over 21,000 projects, can be searched by multiple categories, and displays individual project information. The Image Library includes photos from all 50 States and DC highlighting RTP-funded projects. The RTP Database and the Image Library can be found at

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