Essays

How not to fight a fire
How not to fight a fire
Will we learn to confront an existential threat to the West for what it is?
We need more than stories for the unheard
We need more than stories for the unheard
Writing offers a way to understand our community and ourselves.
Is development a cancer on the West’s landscape?
Is development a cancer on the West’s landscape?
When your mom is battling the illness, the metaphor gets complicated.
From the Bundys to cheap burgundy: How myths shape the West
From the Bundys to cheap burgundy: How myths shape the West
Novelist Frank Bergon meanders through a changing West and traces old stories refreshed.
In Southeast Alaska, a hunter searches for kinship with the wild
In Southeast Alaska, a hunter searches for kinship with the wild
A mountain goat’s death brings life into focus.
Faced with chronic wasting disease, what’s a hunting family to do?
Faced with chronic wasting disease, what’s a hunting family to do?
Hunters are critical for game management, but the spread of CWD means some may put down the rifle.
One man’s mission to save a historic ship built a digital community
One man’s mission to save a historic ship built a digital community
If you (re)build it, they will come.
Amid the climate crisis, a parent commits an act of hope
Amid the climate crisis, a parent commits an act of hope
Sometimes you need to take a weekend off from worrying about climate change and just go camping with your kid.
What about the rails?
What about the rails?
A recent Amtrak journey conjures visions of functional rail transportation in the U.S.
Mom loves the desert. Daughter loves the Dollar Store.
Mom loves the desert. Daughter loves the Dollar Store.
Can a desert ‘superbloom’ compete with the flashy pull of toys and gadgets?
I used to raise cattle for slaughter. Now I refuse to eat meat.
I used to raise cattle for slaughter. Now I refuse to eat meat.
Once a holistic rancher, Laura Jean Schneider reflects on her decision to abandon the industry.
The tyranny of lawns and landlords
The tyranny of lawns and landlords
Renting culture puts dreams of cultivating wildness out of reach.
Photos: The power of climbing harnessed
Photos: The power of climbing harnessed
Brown Girls Climbing addresses trauma and is increasing diversity at the crag.
Currents of consent and control
Currents of consent and control
Like strainers of a river, our memories reshape us from within.
It is solved by walking
It is solved by walking
The path to fixing our broken communities is forged by footsteps.
Even if Bigfoot isn’t real, we still need him
Even if Bigfoot isn’t real, we still need him
I just spent two years chasing a myth. Why?
Humanity is a liability the natural world can no longer afford
Humanity is a liability the natural world can no longer afford
What a lifetime of observing nature has taught me.
My friend, Doug the fir
My friend, Doug the fir
Conversations in Arizona with a giant coniferous tree.
Mountain biking is my act of resistance
Mountain biking is my act of resistance
In predominantly white Colorado, I bike to beat my fear.
My great American family
My great American family
And why we have a right to be here.
Adoption didn’t solve the ‘Indian Problem’
Adoption didn’t solve the ‘Indian Problem’
An author recounts how 1960s policies ripped apart families and communities, including her own.
It’s time to start eating roadkill
It’s time to start eating roadkill
Salvaging meat in Alaska is commonplace. Can it catch on in the Lower 48?
The howl and death of Yellowstone wolf 926F
The howl and death of Yellowstone wolf 926F
A researcher’s mission to document the wild records the song of a famous Yellowstone canine.
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