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Bobcats persevere despite human encroachment
Bobcats persevere despite human encroachment
In the face of hunting pressure and loss of habitat, bobcats prove themselves resilient — and aren’t above raising their young in rural backyards.
The heart of California, captured
The heart of California, captured
Robb Hirsch hopes his new book compels readers to act on the behalf of Yosemite National Park.
Life after death in Swan Valley
Life after death in Swan Valley
The Meyers turned their 120 acres in Montana into a natural cemetery, where bodies can be buried with as few frills as possible.
The West’s hidden corners offer a safe space for polygamists
The West’s hidden corners offer a safe space for polygamists
Each year, Mormon fundamentalists gather on a remote slice of southeastern Utah.
See the journey to a new career at a wildland fire academy
See the journey to a new career at a wildland fire academy
Ex-gang members, veterans and immigrants alike take a three-month course to become California firefighters.
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe goes solar
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe goes solar
An image of sovereignty in the Colorado high desert.
Nevada teens find community as they navigate homelessness and adulthood together
Nevada teens find community as they navigate homelessness and adulthood together
Clark County has one of the largest unaccompanied homeless youth populations in the nation.
The history of hiking The Continental Divide Trail
The history of hiking The Continental Divide Trail
Meandering across 3,100 miles, the trail connects Mexico to Canada.
Close encounters with the bear kind
Close encounters with the bear kind
The very places that attract visitors and newcomers for their proximity to wildlife grapple with a spike in bear-human incidents.
See the hard-won equilibrium of Alaska
See the hard-won equilibrium of Alaska
A compilation of work by Alaskan photographers explores life in the North.
Photos: The power of climbing harnessed
Photos: The power of climbing harnessed
Brown Girls Climbing addresses trauma and is increasing diversity at the crag.
See the captivating flux of Western alkaline waters
See the captivating flux of Western alkaline waters
Salt lakes fade from chartreuse to rust into pale wastelands in photos taken by Aya Okawa.
As grizzly bears proliferate in Montana, tourists follow
As grizzly bears proliferate in Montana, tourists follow
A small community navigates the challenges posed by enthusiastic bear-watchers.
The ecosexual movement is attracting new people to environmentalism
The ecosexual movement is attracting new people to environmentalism
‘Pollen-amorous’ leaders host marriages to the Earth in Sin City.
Portraits of resilience
Portraits of resilience
Through tintypes, Kaska Dena photographer Kali Spitzer creates collaborative images of her community.
Photos: The many faces of Marilyn Monroe
Photos: The many faces of Marilyn Monroe
See the impersonators that perpetuate an All-American woman.
What’s left of the tallgrass prairie
What’s left of the tallgrass prairie
A ‘grassland education’ from nature photographer Harvey Payne.
Gay rodeo and the subversion of Western clichés
Gay rodeo and the subversion of Western clichés
A photo exhibit asks viewers to ponder whether, in reclaiming the idea of the cowboy, gay rodeos renounce violence or reinvest in it.
Glimpse inside the last inland temperate rainforest
Glimpse inside the last inland temperate rainforest
Endangered species and landscapes vividly captured in a new book.
A high alpine weed grower’s unusual harvest
A high alpine weed grower’s unusual harvest
Rob Trotter’s vision continues to deteriorate as he works on his marijuana farm in Gypsum, Colorado.
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