Essays

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.
Of buffalo thoughts and amethysts
Childhood in Wyoming was full of hidden riches.
Don't try to improve grazing; abolish it!
Andy Kerr believes grazing must be ended rather than reformed.
Why one advocacy group steers clear of consensus efforts
Why Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance doesn't participate in advisory groups.
Scientist says Yellowstone Park is being destroyed
Yellowstone elk destroying the biodiversity and ecological integrity of ecosystem.
A forest supervisor says 'thank you'
Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor Jim Furnish discusses changing his agency's bad record.
Endless pressure, endlessly applied
Earth First! founder offers a strategy for making politicians do the right thing.
We need a regional wilderness law
A former Forest Service ranger describes the need for a bill like the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act.
Justice for owls, and for communities
Clinton forest plan doesn't include justice for logging communities.
Lycra is as 'authentic' as denim
Cultural clash between newcomers and land-based old-timers is nothing new.
The Forest Service sells out
In Colorado, Tom Chapman trades West Elk Wilderness inholding for land near Telluride, bilking the Forest Service of millions of dollars.
A forester thrives in the belly of the beast
Len Lankford manages private Colorado forests for sustainable yield.
Salmon: the Clinton-Babbitt train wreck
Agencies will try to find a way around new salmon ruling.
An open letter to Andy Kerr in rural Oregon
Oregon writer muses on how Andy Kerr will fit into his new community.
Clifton, Arizona: A town no one knows
Mining town gives visitors a picture of the old - and the new - West.
How to turn lemonade into lemons
Babbitt's vision for grazing reform couldn't include Jim Baca.
Bruce Babbitt as Captain Consensus
Bruce Babbitt will destroy the West in order to save an anachronistic image of it.
RS 2477: A loophole for vandals
ORV users claim rights-of-way through 1866 law.
Can San Luis resist 'regional chaos'?
Maria Mondragon-Valdez worries Taylor Ranch will become "cultural Disneyland."
Let's not heap injustice upon injustice
San Luis, Colorado, residents continue struggle to reclaim Taylor Ranch.
Owyhee: On the eve of destruction
Bombing range threatens wild land in Idaho, Nevada and Oregon.
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