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  • On the road with Edward Abbey, chaos as usual

    Thirty years ago, the writer took a road trip through the desert with Ed Abbey, and the memories still bring a smile

  • Who are we?

    Writers who use the editorial "we" should remember how large and diverse that American "we" can be

  • Changing the world, one person at a time

    A young woman realizes she doesn’t belong in a national environmental organization when one of its well-dressed leaders tells her to forget about the simple life, because how a person lives doesn’t really matter.

  • Two legs good in wilderness, two wheels bad

    A mountain biker says allowing bikes like his in wilderness areas would violate the letter and the spirit of the Wilderness Act.

  • There’s a wilderness niche for mountain biking

    If mountain biking were allowed in designated wilderness areas, wilderness would gain a large number of new and committed advocates.

  • When whiteouts in winter seem like forever

    On the road in a snowstorm, time seems to stop, and you sometimes wonder if you will ever get home again.

  • A dispatch from the New West battleground

    The auction and sub-dividing of a neighboring ranch leads the author to fear for the future of her ranching community.

  • An eco-wacko figures a few things out

    It’s about time the anti-environmentalists turned down the rhetoric and took a break from their rude and silly diatribes.

  • Real men head for Alaska

    A visit to Alaska’s Kodiak Island leads the author to feel meek and mild in comparison to the manly men he meets, who battle wolverines in the wildest place in the country.

  • Snowmobiles are the people’s choice for Yellowstone

    The author defends Yellowstone’s snowmobiles as a boon to local economies and the recreational choice of ordinary Americans.

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