Deserts

Ranchers blindsided by Trump’s border  wall
Ranchers blindsided by Trump’s border wall
They built a coalition to protect open space. Now, they’re up against the country’s largest construction project.
Trump’s border wall threatens fish species
Trump’s border wall threatens fish species
The U.S. is skirting conservation laws and withdrawing millions of gallons of groundwater.
The desert gets a biocrust skin graft
The desert gets a biocrust skin graft
Without its cover of living microorganisms, the desert is eroding.
Playing God in desert potholes
The writer plays God to a desert pothole filled suddenly with tadpoles
Leaving Las Vegas
Now that she’s left Las Vegas, the writer recalls the surrealistic city, and is haunted by the memory of the desert that surrounds it
A love letter to a sewage lagoon
Andrea Jones recalls falling in love with the desert by visiting Lake Powell as a child
Barren, wild and worthless? Anything but
Barren, Wild and Worthless: Living in the Chihuahuan Desert, Susan Tweit’s New Mexico memoir, is back in print
Desert saved from ‘dingbat’ development
The Wildlands Conservancy buys 600,000 acres of Southern California desert, making the largest purchase of private land for conservation purposes in the country’s history
Nevada: A diamond in the rough
Earthtones: A Nevada Album pairs essays by Ann Ronald with photos by Stephen Trimble to celebrate the beauty of an austere landscape
Fences go up along the Mexican border
The Border Patrol wants to erect 249 miles of fences along the Arizona-Mexico border, and some environmentalists are worried about their impact on desert wildlife.
Nevada’s desert beauty
In The Black Rock Desert, writer William L. Fox and photographer Mark Klett visit a remarkable corner of northeastern Nevada
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
Sagebrush artistry
In "Living in the Country Growing Weird," Nevada potter Dennis Parks celebrates his exit from the rat race by conveying the challenges of rural existence.
The oldest living thing is a quiet survivor
Shielded in anonymity, the "King Clone," a creosote bush identified as the "oldest living thing on Earth," can be found on a dirt road south of Barstow, Calif., where it continues to keep a low profile about the many benefits of its properties.
Looking for the Language of Red
In "Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert," Terry Tempest Williams creates an unusual, poetic pocket guide to the redrock wilderness of southern Utah.
The rise and fall of a desert stream
In Arizona's Galiuro Mountains, desert streams appear and disappear during the course of a day, and the native fish that have adapted to this complex ecosystem face extinction due to introduced non-natives.
The sublime delight of backtracking
For 20 years, David Bertelsen has been in love with the same five-mile trail up Finger Rock Canyon north of Tucson, keeping track of its animal and plant life and watching out for the well-being of a fragile landscape.
County unveils pioneering protection plan
Tucson's innovative Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan will protect hundreds of thousands of acres of virgin desert while still allowing newcomers to build on less environmentally sensitive land.
Pilot finds a soft spot for a hard land
In his book, "Under the Sun: A Sonoran Desert Odyssey," Adriel Heisey collects the gorgeous aerial photos he made from his homemade Kolb Twinstar and describes how he learned to love a rugged landscape.
Bonfire of the Superweeds
In Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, good intentions are responsible for the introduction of exotic buffelgrass – but all the good intentions in the world may not be enough to save the desert now that this invasive and fire-prone plant is spreading
The Red Desert: Wyoming's endangered country
Wyoming's little-known Red Desert is a unique region rich in wildlife, history - and also in deposits of oil, gas and minerals, which could lead to the destruction of the land under which they're found.
1998 Earle A. Chiles Award
The High Desert Museum seeks nominations for its 1998 Earle A. Chiles Award to people who have enriched cultural and natural wealth of the high desert.
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