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Conservationist Davis Ends TrekEast Journey at 7,600 Miles

Campaign focused on actions needed to create an “Eastern Wildway” FORILLON NATIONAL PARK, Quebec, Canada — After 10 continuous months on the trail exploring the last remaining wilds of the eastern U.S. and Canada, conservationist John Davis has a big story to tell.  Not only did he hike, bike, paddle — and survive — a Continue reading “Conservationist Davis Ends TrekEast Journey at 7,600 Miles”

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TrekEast Blog 65: Hiking International Appalachian Trail in Quebec

Trails can be catalysts for conservation and restoration. They can be backbones for land protection, as America’s Appalachian Trail has been. Footpaths connect places and connect people with the natural world. If the International Appalachian Trail lives up to its potential, it will connect Maine with Gaspe, Americans with Canadians, and people with wild Nature; and it will inspire ecological restoration along its thousand kilometer course. Photo: John Davis

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TrekEast Blog 64: Gaspesie National Park, Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec

Seeing big wild animals in natural concentrations is a vanishingly rare experience in most of our troubled world. Easily-seen legged, winged, and finned creatures in primordial abundance have been relegated to wildest or richest habitats in Alaska, northern Canada, Siberia, East Africa, unspoiled mega-wetlands and estuaries, and a few not-yet-overfished or polluted coastal waters and coral reefs. Photo: John Davis

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TrekEast Blog 58: Conservation and Recreation in Randolph, New Hampshire

Some towns are kinder to their lands than are others. Randolph, New Hampshire, in the heart of the White Mountains and just north of the Presidential Range, is about as green as you can find in a famously libertarian state. With mountains so gorgeous they’ve long been recognized by the US Forest Service and generations of hikers as worthy of conservation, Randolph has gained at least partial protection for more than 25,000 of its 30,000 acres. Photo: John Davis

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TrekEast Blog 56: Creeping into New Hampshire’s White Mountains

The hardest thing about this trek has been saying goodbye. Ever and anon, I must say farewell to friends and colleagues I may not see again for years, farewell to places I may not see again in this lifetime, farewell to trees who may get cut down and birds who may thereby lose their homes, and farewell to furry creatures who may soon get run over – life so parlous in this broken world. Photo: John Davis

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TrekEast Blog 54: Taconic and Southern Green Mountains

So rich have been the opportunities on TrekEast to meet and conspire with various conservation friends that I’ve been led in all directions even as I trend northward. After spending August scouting my home region of the Adirondacks and then stuck in New York City during the severest hurricane in years, and early September biking and hiking connections through Vermont and Quebec’s Northern Green Mountains, I swung south again – perhaps for the last time this trek, with the luxury of summer slipping away – to explore bits of the Taconic and Southern Green Mountains with friends Cheri Phillips, George Davis, and Jerry Jenkins. Photo: John Davis