Overexposed: Social Media and the Outdoors

first_imgIs Social Media Spoiling the Best Outdoor Secrets?Scrolling through my Instagram feed, it seems as though every other photo is taken at the top of a mountain or at a scenic overlook. I won’t deny it: a hiker myself, I have posted mountaintop photos on more than one occasion.One of the most photographed viewpoints on the Appalachian Trail, McAfee Knob sees upwards of 90,000 visitors every year. The McAfee Knob hashtag has been used more than 14,000 times on Instagram, and thousands of other users have marked their trip with the geolocation feature.Places like McAfee Knob were popular before Instagram or Twitter were around. But around 2010, usage of the trail took off exponentially,  according to Kathryn Herndon-Powell, the education and outreach coordinator for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s regional office in Virginia.The Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club is responsible for maintaining 120 miles of the A.T., including McAfee Knob.“It’s kind of crazy the amount of their resources that have to go towards that four miles, which only represents three percent of their section but takes up about a third of their volunteer time and trail maintenance,” Herndon-Powell said.Data collected by the regional office found that volunteers for the McAfee Knob Task Force have removed more than 1,600 gallons of trash and dismantled 187 illegal fire rings since the group was formed in 2015.That same year, the Leave No Trace Center declared the trail a Hot Spot, citing an increase in trash, erosion, graffiti and other damages along the trail. In conjunction with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club, volunteers held workshops to educate visitors on how to help maintain the trail, practice Leave No Trace practices, and minimize their impact. The team returned in 2017 to strengthen education efforts on the trail.“McAfee Knob always gets a lot of publicity and attention,” Herndon-Powell said. “It gets plastered all over tourism marketing materials, and people are always getting proposed to up there. It’s great, but this place is in danger of being loved to death. Everyone should get the chance to visit McAfee Knob, but maybe you want to go on a Tuesday.”Places such as Jackson Hole, Wy. have gone as far as creating ad campaigns asking visitors to refrain from geotagging their exact locations while in town. Instead, the tourism board created a generic location for Instagram and Facebook that says, “Tag Responsibly, Keep Jackson Hole Wild.”Vasu Sojitra, a professional skier and adaptive sports director at Eagle Mount Bozeman, said this campaign and the geotagging debate at large ignores the real issue. Instead, it highlights a sense of elitism that public lands are reserved for the few, not all.“The outdoor rec industry is massive, and it’s getting marketed heavily,” he said. “No matter what, people are going to go outside, whether these folks that are against geotagging like it or not.”Sojitra and others believe that it is too late to control social media. It has already woven its way into our daily lives. Besides, who are we to police how people are sharing their stories from the outdoors online? Outdoor enthusiasts should be showing off the vistas and the beauty that make Appalachia a celebrated tourism and recreation destination, especially as a region whose economy relied on resource-extractive industries for a long time.The geotagging debate also largely overlooks the indigenous communities whose land we enjoy. Sojitra regularly tags the ancestral lands on which he is skiing or hiking when posting to Instagram.“We take a lot from our outdoors but never give back,” he said. “How can we change that paradigm so it’s a two-way process?”In the spring of 2018, the Leave No Trace Center released new social media guidelines for outdoor enthusiasts posting about their adventures.“Our stance has never been to not geotag, just geotag thoughtfully,” said Ben Lawhon, the center’s education director. “Leave No Trace is not black and white, right and wrong. It’s a framework for making good decisions about enjoying the outdoors responsibly. We’re not the hiking police. We don’t tell people what to do. We give people suggestions for how to enjoy the outdoors in a way that leaves it as good or better than when they found it.”While a lot of discussion about social media’s role in the outdoors seems to be focused on the particular issue of geotagging photos, there are a lot of ways to protect and conserve these wild places in a way that does not exclude marginalized communities by restricting access to the privileged few.“We value social media as a great tool for reaching a lot of people,” Lawhon said. “The most important thing is how we use it.”The question often comes down to why you’re sharing the photo in the first place. If you don’t want other people to find out about these places, why are you posting photos of them online where thousands of people could potentially see it?Social media has also can serve as an amplifying voice for people all too often left out of the pages of magazines and advertising campaigns. It’s a platform to help rewrite the outdoor narrative and reach a whole community of new adventurers. Groups like Melanin Base Camp, Native Women’s Wilderness, and Brown Folks Fishing started on Instagram to connect and uplift communities in the outdoors.Other Instagram accounts like Unethical Outdoors and YouDidNotSleepThere challenge viewers to examine their social media behavior. They point out brands and influencers whose photos show unethical and sometimes illegal behavior. They engage with those users to promote responsible behavior when outside and posting online.Social media can enrich the outdoor experience and connectmore people with these places. Instead of discouraging people from visiting these places we love, we should be encouraging them to visit responsibly.SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINESFOR THE OUTDOORS1. Think about how you can use your platform, whether you are a brand, an influencer, or someone just posting to share with friends, to educate your followers on important issues facing the environment and the outdoor industry.2. Post information about the difficulty of the hike, things to look out for along the trail so future visitors can be prepared.3. Help connect your followers with resources and organizations for a better and safer outdoor experience. Follow any national park or public lands account for tips on how to navigate the protected spaces responsibly.4. Give back some of your own time to maintaining the trails, rivers, and outdoor spaces that you enjoy so that future generations can experience them as well.last_img read more

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Women Defense Ministers: organized crime, competition for natural resources the threats of the future

Organized crime threats in the region Gender equity in the military ranks discussion Authorities in the region are cooperating to fight organized crime challenges that go from drug trafficking to extortions to human trafficking. In November, Ecuador president Rafael Correa signed agreements with Colombia president Juan Manuel Santos, and Peru president Ollanta Humala to have their respective security forces strengthen their cooperation in the battle against human trafficking and the illegal sales of stolen fuel and to tackle drug trafficking. During the meeting, the Colombian president thanked Correa for his support to the ongoing peace talks bethween the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FAERC) in Havana, Cuba. Not less dangerous are the threats organized crime poses to Cantral America countries. Overwhelmed by unprecedented violence generated by drug cartels, Central America and Mexico presidents discussed some common security challenges they face during a summit celebrated in San Jose, Costa Rica, early this year. Central America is the most violent area without war in the world, especially Honduras and Guatemala, which share almost a 1,000 km jungle border with Mexico, cccording to the UN. By Dialogo December 05, 2013 The message was clear and sound, the region needs to build a strategic line of thinking to defeat organized crime, and to protect its technological and natural resources. These were some of the recommendations that resulted from the 1st International Meeting of Women as Defense Ministers and Leaders, hosted in Ecuador between Oct 24-25 at the Southern Naval Base of Guayaquil, Ecuador. The meeting was led by the three defense ministers in Latin America, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés from Ecuador, Carmen Meléndez from Venezuela, and Martha Ruíz Sevilla from Nicaragua. “Our eyes, our efforts, and our energy must concentrate on solving organized crime and solving a vision of security and defense,” the Ecuadorian defense minister said. The meeting was also attended by officers of the armed forces of 13 countries, as well as, teachers and officials representing Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador and Switzerland. It is important to build a regional, strategic line of thinking in regards to the defense of natural and technological resources, said the Director of Human Rights of the Ministry of Defense of Argentina, Stella Segado. Representatives of organizations such as the UN, Women for the Americas, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) also participated in the meeting. Future threats to the defense of countries will be “determined by competition for natural resources on a global scale,” the representative of the Secretary General of the UNASUR, Julio Prado said. “The fight against threats are defined according to the particularities of each country,” Fredy Rivera of the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO), headquartered in Ecuador said “ The important thing is to have women strategists in the ministries of defense in Latin America,” Rivera said. For the first time, women leaders of the Armed Forces in Latin America met to exchange their experiences and contributions in favor of women’s contributions and gender equity in the military ranks, said Bertha García Gallegos, Director of the Democracy, Security and Defense program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE). “For the past 10 years, women have had direct access to the Armed Forces. In recent years, they have gained access to all weapons. However, the percentage of women who participate in defense at different levels is low,” García Gallegos added. Unlike other countries, Venezuela has the highest percentage of female participation in the Army; women account for 33.5 per cent, reported Minister Meléndez. Nicaragua has between 15 and 20 per cent of women in their ranks, said Ruíz Sevilla, who expressed that “defense is not an obligation for an institution, but for society.” “To all those who are here, we are colleagues who have managed to break down barriers, and I am sure that we will succeed in further improving our decision and our leadership each day,” Ruiz Sevilla added. In Brazil, women make up more than 6 per cent of the 350,000 members of the Armed Forces. Mexican women represent around 3.5 per cent of military personnel, according to published reports. Ecuador has the lowest participation of women in the three branches of the Armed Forces, representing 2.7 per cent. This means that there are only 1,900 female service members and it should take around 15 to 20 years for them to reach the high command, Espinosa Garcés pointed out. The message is firm. The modernization of the Ministries of Defense in Latin American countries means incorporating these gender parities, researcher Rivera said. “There are women who are highly prepared for strategic operations in combating transnational crime organizations and other threats,” said Rivera, who is also the former Undersecretary of Internal Security and Policy of the Internal Affairs Ministry of Ecuador. One of the topics discussed in the event was the implementation of Resolution 1325 of the UN Security Council, which urges member-countries “to ensure increased representation of women at all levels of decision-making in institutions and national, regional, and international mechanisms for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflicts.” Attendees also discussed the fight against poverty, human trafficking, endemic diseases, natural disasters, political threats, and espionage. read more

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18th Circuit needs a new judge

first_img 18th Circuit needs a new judge The 18th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill an opening on the circuit bench created by the appointment of Judge Kerry I. Evander to the Fifth District Court of Appeal.Applicants must have been a member of The Florida Bar for the preceding five years, registered voters, and residents of the territorial jurisdiction of the court at the time they assume office.Applications may be obtained from the JNC’s Web site at www.18jnc.com. Due to the possibility of future vacancies within the 18th Circuit, all applications submitted timely will be retained for six months.An original and nine copies of the completed application and attachments must be delivered to Larry A. Dale, JNC Chair, Sanford Airport Authority, 1200 Red Cleveland Blvd., Sanford 32773, phone (407) 585-4002, no later than 2 p.m. July 7. July 1, 2006 Regular News 18th Circuit needs a new judgelast_img read more

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Apple Pay gains support for 18 more US banks, credit unions

first_imgContinuing recent trends, the additions skew towards a relatively even mix of credit unions with traditional banks. For a stretch of time the company concentrated heavily — though not exclusively — on credit unions.Apple Pay is now available in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom, the latter having gained the platform in July. Several major banks there have yet to launch promised support, including Barclays, Halifax, Lloyds, and the Bank of Scotland.The next country to gain support could be Canada, since rumors have pointed to a November launch. An announcement could be made at an anticipated Sept. 9 press event. continue reading » 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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CUs, NAFCU meet with HUD’s Carson today on housing issues

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU-member credit unions and association senior staff today are meeting with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson at HUD headquarters to discuss credit unions’ role in helping low-income individuals, affordable housing and the industry’s priorities for housing finance reform.NAFCU-member credit union representatives attending today’s meeting include: Cutler Dawson, president and CEO of Navy Federal Credit Union; Karen Rosales, president and CEO of Arlington Community Federal Credit Union; Tim Anderson, president and CEO of Government Printing Office Federal Credit Union; Bill Kennedy, president and CEO of HUD Federal Credit Union; and Kim Adams, board member at HUD Federal Credit Union.NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt, Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler and Director of Regulatory Affairs Alexander Monterrubio will also be at the meeting.last_img read more

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How to save money when your budget is tight

first_imgWe all try to save a little money here and there, and sometimes it can be tough to find extra money to save. While it can be a challenge, it’s definitely not impossible to save money when your money is tight. Here are three ways you can save when your funds are already low…Find deals online: When you think of sites like Groupon or Living Social the first thing that pops into your head may be entertainment and dining out. While these sites can be a good source for deals on these types of things, you can actually use them for a lot more. You can find deals on electronics, automotive repair, health and beauty, home services and more! The best way to find these deals is to check out the sites and browse around. If these are products and services that you’re already going to pay for, you may as well save a few bucks in the process.Trim the fat: When you go on a diet, you may start noticing a little bit of weight loss in many areas of your body. Your stomach, neck, face, arms and legs may all start to get a little slimmer. You should treat your budget the exact same way. Don’t just try to cut back (or completely cut out) one budget item, but take a few bucks from a lot of different places. Some bills are obviously set in stone, but you will probably be able to find a few areas where you can cut back a little here and there. Take advantage of these savings and you’ll see it really add up. Plus, you won’t feel like you’re having to cut anything out of your budget completely.Spend more time at home: There more you’re on-the-go, the more you’re going to eat meals out, and spend frivolously on things you don’t really need. Instead of meeting your friends out for dinner and a movie, host a potluck dinner (where everybody brings something) and watch your favorite Blu-ray. You’ll save money, plus you can pause the movie when you have to go to the bathroom. 375SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Johnson City seeks public’s help with Jenison Park improvements

first_imgImprovements to the park located at 55 Willow St. include additions of public art. When complete, Jenison Park will be one of three public art hubs in Binghamton, Endicott and the village, according to the Office of Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie. To take the survey, click here. The survey is open until Oct. 23. The village says it and Broome County received funding from the state to make enhancements to the park.center_img JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The village of Johnson City is looking for feedback on Jenison Park improvements. Results from the survey will be used to prioritize park improvements.last_img read more

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The five things potential home buyers must do before they make an offer

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoAre the neighbours the sort of people you’d like to live next too? CHECK OUT THE BUILDER “Who built the property and when? Builders guarantees can be lost between owners, so do your research.’’ WATER FEATURES “Many were turned off during the days of water restrictions and weren’t reconnected. It’s only when you go to turn them on you realise, they’re not connected or busted.’’ Lovely water feature. Does it work when you turn it on? CHECK THE BODY CORPORATE”“What does the body corporate have on the list of things to do.“Read the previous committee minutes, you’ll get a snapshot of their current direction and action items.’’ Some people put a surprisingly short amount of time into checking out a home before they make an offer.BUYING a home can be a daunting experience, there is so much to do and check and it can be easy to forget something important.According to Ray White’s Haesley Cush these are the five things many buyers fail to do, which they should if they want everything to run smoothly. TAKE YOUR TIME “In 20 years of selling real estate it still surprises me how little time a buyer will spend in a property before they buy it,’’ he said.“In many cases a buyer would spend more time test driving a car than inspecting their future home.’’ CHECK OUT THE NEIGHBOURS “These are the people you will be living among, so a little espionage or covert operation can be on the cards.’’last_img read more

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Onazi acquires multi-million naira mansion

first_img In an attempt to secure regular playing time, he left Trabzonspor for a one-and-a-half-year deal with the Denizli Ataturk Stadium giants. The game against Sivasspor, where he replaced Oscar Estupinan, was his seventh game in the Turkish elite division. Denizlispor are currently in the 11th position with 31 points from 27 games as they continue preparation for Saturday’s game against Besiktas. On the international scene, he was part of John Obuh’s Nigeria team to the 2009 U17 World Cup where the Golden Eaglets bowed 1-0 to Switzerland in the final. read also:TB Joshua’s prayer led to my Eaglets recall – Onazi His impressive outing fast-tracked his transition to the senior national team, and in 2013, he played a key role in Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph in South Africa. Later that year, he was part of the country’s Confederation Cup squad as well as the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. However, injury ruled him out of Rohr’s squad for the 2019 Afcon where the three-time Africa kings finished third. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The midfielder put aside the disillusionment of Denizlispor’s 1-0 defeat to Sivasspor with a state-of-the-art edifice. Reacting to this development, the president of Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi lauded the 27-year-old’s latest achievement. “This is a very great development for Onazi and on behalf of my team, I want to say a big congratulations to him,” Ogunjimi told Goal. “I have been a staunch fan of the youngster – not because of his performance or charisma on the field of play, but because of his ability to make responsible choices. “With a place where he can call home, I think that will spur him in putting up more impressive performances for his Turkish based team.” Onazi joins Manchester United’s Odion Ighalo in the hallowed list of Nigerian footballers past and present who own a mansion in the comfy part of south-west Nigeria. Nigeria international, Ogenyi Onazi, has acquired a multi-million naira residence in Lekki, Lagos.center_img Loading…last_img read more

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Batesville CYO Basketball Scores

first_imgSt. Louis-1 defeated St. Mary’s-1 62-59. Despite not playing well in the first half St. Louis-1 only trailed 26-23 at halftime. I wasn’t sure how we would play the first game back after the Christmas break and with the number of turnovers we had in the first half, I felt good only trailing by 3. St. Louis-1 played a lot better in the second half and was able to come away with the 3 point win. We knew St. Mary’s-1 was a good team as they hadn’t lost all year and to come away with the victory at their place says a lot about us. Courtesy of  Bruins Coach Roger Dietz.STL Scoring. Lane Oesterling 22, Sam Giesting 14, Calvin Sherwood 13, Alex Westerfeld 4, Nathan Eckstein 4, George Ritter 3, Cooper Williams 2St. Louis-2 played extremely well as the were able to defeat St. Mary’s-3 72-41. We really played well today this was a team effort. Courtesy of Bruins Coach Fuzz Springmeyer.STL Scoring. Adam Cox 18, Kurt Siefert 15, John Thompson 8, Drew Kiefer 8, Evan Vogelsang 7, Alex Smith 5, Braydon Worthington 5, Gus Cooper 5, Adam Vogelsang 3, Karson Macke 2.St. Maurice defeated St. Louis-3 by the score of 49-20. Despite playing better in the second half St. Louis-3 could not come away with the win. Christian Anderson lead the way with 5 points and Luke Wilson had 4. Courtesy of Bruins Coach Chris Lanning.last_img read more

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