NBC Bay Area: ‘Big Sur Hates You’: Instagram Account Seeks to Educate Tourists Breaking the Rules. “‘BigSurHatesYou’ is just what it sounds like. Run anonymously, the account labels itself as wanting to “(Educ)hate you” on everything you’ve been doing wrong in this rugged stretch of California’s central coast between Carmel and San Simeon. Thousands of tourists descend on this sliver of paradise hugging the narrow two-lane State Route 1, famous for its winding turns, misty cliffs and beaches, but some unfortunately forget to adhere to rules set by local and state officials.”
Colorado Parks & Wildlife: Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) – Colorado’s official trails app – puts a comprehensive statewide trail map in your pocket. This is an update of a Web-based project launched in 2017. “COTREX is a free web and mobile trails application utilizing over 39,000 miles of public trails in Colorado. Residents and visitors can use COTREX to discover and navigate trails on federal, state, local and private lands with public access. Additionally, COTREX is built for all trail users, including hiking, mountain biking, equestrian riding, and motorized recreation.”
Deseret News: Want to rate Utah’s fishing holes? Now you can. “he Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has launched a new website that offers an in-depth, interactive fishing map. While the division has provided online fishing reports for nearly 20 years, this interactive map… will provide more details and will allow users to find a place to fish near their current location. It also gives the public a chance to rate waters based on their recent fishing trips. The public feedback will help the division improve the management of the state’s fisheries.”
Michigan Live: Maps of 6,300 miles of Michigan forest roads open for ORV use added to statewide database. “There are more than 6,300 miles of state forest roads in Northern Michigan available for off-road vehicle use. And now there’s a database to find those roads. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released final maps detailing the 6,339.5 miles of Northern Michigan state forest roads open to ORV use.”
New Hampshire Union Leader: New website lists gardens open for public viewing. “More than 80 outstanding ornamental gardens in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are opening to the public this year, and all of them are described on a new nonprofit website dedicated to gardening and landscape design in northern New England.” The information is a little hard to find. Look for the Calendar link under the Landscape Lyceum menu.
Stuff: Social media monitoring important part of DoC rangers job to control crowds lured by Instagram posts. “Conservation watchdogs are tuning into social media to help mitigate unprecedented tourist demand at our so called secret hotspots. When a scenic hotspot goes viral on social media, it can bring tourists, jobs and money. It can also bring crowds, litter and crime.”
North Carolina Parks & Recreation: Hike on Over to the New N.C. Trails Website. “The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation announced today the launch of the N.C. Trails website. The website is a hub for the N.C. Trails Program and offers quick and easy access to information on state trails and trails in state parks as well as guidance for funding, creating and maintaining a trail.”