Essays

The hidden fires
The hidden fires
Keeping honest about what we burn and why.
The time of the Indigenous critic has arrived
The time of the Indigenous critic has arrived
Now that the industry is finally greenlighting Indigenous films and TV, Indigenous critics ought to lead the conversation.
The public lands that kept us sane
The public lands that kept us sane
In honor of National Public Lands Day, High Country News staff reflect on access to spaces across the West.
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.
Alone on the Green River
Alone on the Green River
Writer Craig Childs goes boating in Utah and ponders the costs and payoff of solitude.
Life lessons learned on a dogsled
Life lessons learned on a dogsled
Hold tight and don’t let go.
Fear and love in Oregon’s forests
Fear and love in Oregon’s forests
How far will you go for the person you love?
What’s special about a good-for-nothing sunflower?
What’s special about a good-for-nothing sunflower?
In an age of extinction, a sunny, endangered flower serves as a beacon of arid lands.
Reconciling wildness and the American dream
Reconciling wildness and the American dream
A writer finds a home in the wild landscapes of the West.
A fishing rod stronger than war’s dark legacy
A fishing rod stronger than war’s dark legacy
After his father’s suicide, a son seeks solace in the streams.
The impermanence of wonder and whales
The impermanence of wonder and whales
A writer comes to grips with the plight of the Puget Sound orca.
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