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  • Writers on the Range

    Don’t trash Joshua Tree National Park

    Seth Shteir is appalled at the prospect of a gigantic landfill planned for the fragile desert landscape next to Joshua Tree National Park.

  • Book Reviews

    Words that mountains speak

    In Contact: Mountain Climbing and Environmental Thinking, Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy has assembled 23 essays from a wide range of authors.

  • Winning the West

    Primer 3: Recreation

    What is the "highest and best use" of our public lands? Oversight agencies are charged with providing access while protecting land and wildlife; the first step is to provide them with sufficient funding.

  • Essays

    The legacy of the 10th Mountain men

    Peter Shelton spends a day skiing and reminiscing with the veterans of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division.

  • Essays

    The loneliness of the redneck environmentalist

    Drew Pogge is caught between two cultures: the redneck good ol’ boy gearheads of his youth, and the holier-than-thou environmentalists of his present.

  • News

    Where the rubber leaves the road

    Colorado's new off-road vehicle bill expands enforcement

  • Writers on the Range

    No way to run a national park

    Tim Lydon wonders what happened to a recent environmental impact statement that may have irked railroads by favoring snowsheds over controlled avalanches in Glacier National Park.

  • Essays

    From the backcountry to the building zoo

    Robin Pam and Erin Beller remember an adventurous summer spent documenting the historic structures of Yosemite National Park.

  • Book Reviews

    Remembering Rrrrrip City!

    The essays in Matt Love’s anthology Red Hot and Rollin’ take a lively and nostalgic look at Oregon in 1977, the year the Portland Trailblazers won their one and only NBA championship.

  • Writers on the Range

    Don’t let stars wink out all over the West

    Seth Shteir praises darkness – and denounces light pollution – after going stargazing in Great Basin National Park.

  • Writers on the Range

    When you’re wrong, you’re wrong

    Josh Nichols moves past his own prejudices to discover that mountain bikers can successfully share the great outdoors with ATVers.

  • News

    Carpe Noctem

    Arizona developer promises sun, moon and stars

  • News

    Quest for darkness

    Chad Moore and the members of the Park Service Night Sky Team keep an eye on the stars in the nation’s parks and monuments.

  • Uncommon Westerners

    Jim Detterline to the rescue

    Park Ranger Jim Detterline battles the agency he loves over its insistence that a hearing impairment makes him unfit for his job.

  • News

    Seven Ways to Enjoy Natural Darkness

    Suggestions from the National Park Service

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