Items by Alan Kesselheim
A father understands what’s gained by taking his kids deep into the backcountry again and again as they’re growing up.
People should be less worried about the allegedly dire predictions of the Mayan Calendar, and concentrate on making the next year better, since we’re all on earth for a limited time anyway.
The peculiar rituals of contemporary American hunters and gatherers are well worth an anthropologist’s study.
Wild animals revel in feasting and simply endure the hungry times, unlike modern Westerners with our sterile supermarkets.
What a disappointment it is to go from Utah's wild Dirty Devil River to the hideous man-made bathtub of Lake Powell.
A family hike along the Pacific Coast Trail becomes an exhilarating encounter with the fierce storm gods of Washington's wild Olympic Peninsula.
There's a lot of work involved in preserving food, but it’s worth it to have a pantry full of homegrown, home-canned goodies.
Alan Kesselheim says Westerners should not be shocked when a house built in a floodplain eventually falls victim to a flood.
Roger Muggli might be the busiest man in eastern Montana, what with his family farm, his feed-pellet plant, his dedicated work on water issues and his quiet, steadfast environmentalism.
Alan Kesselheim avoids the temptation of consumerism at Christmas by learning to appreciate the abundance of what he already has.
When his old canoe shows signs of aging, Alan Kesselheim decides to bury it upright in his yard, a contemporary totem pole.
Alan Kesselheim wonders if rising gas prices and global warming will one day turn our sprawling suburbs into empty ghost towns.
Alan Kesselheim misses the summers of the past, when Western skies were blue and clear and not blurred and choked with smoke and ash.
Alan Kesselheim wonders if rising gas prices and the threat of global warming will one day turn today’s sprawling suburbs into the future’s ghost towns.
Alan Kesselheim goes back to college as a teacher and delights in the wide-ranging discussions he has with young people.
- Mark DeGregorio on Meet the aspiring ranger locked out by National Park Service practices
- Lael Bradshaw on New documentary offers a sharp look at the West’s water crisis
- Steve Snyder on Why has the National Park Service gotten whiter?
- Jim Schumont on Stop the rock-stacking
- Kate Schimel on Biking bill is a smokescreen for opening up wilderness