Essays

The nowhereness of airports
The nowhereness of airports
The way air travel has devolved says something awful about humans.
Your stoke won’t save us
Your stoke won’t save us
The idea that outdoor recreation leads to meaningful conservation rests on a big ‘if.’
Why we tell stories of the missing and murdered
Why we tell stories of the missing and murdered
A crisis continues across Indian Country, highlighted by a forthcoming documentary.
 Humans and ecosystems mix it up on the U.S. - Mexico Borderlands
Humans and ecosystems mix it up on the U.S. - Mexico Borderlands
Everything moves across lines here. Nothing’s straightforward.
On borders, north and south
On borders, north and south
How the natural world challenges human notions of division.
Ranch Diaries: Two years into Triangle P Cattle, we’re coming into our own
Ranch Diaries: Two years into Triangle P Cattle, we’re coming into our own
My childhood cowgirl dreams and family traditions are settling in and coming to fruition.
The slaughter of innocents
The slaughter of innocents
After prairie dogs invade a corner of her lot, a writer weighs the cost of eliminating them.
Ranch Diaries: Late summer rain brings new wild foods
Ranch Diaries: Late summer rain brings new wild foods
How to use wild purslane and algerita berries, and how to not mistake death camas for wild onions.
A visit to the Grand Canyon, without handrails
A visit to the Grand Canyon, without handrails
A wild river is “a necessity of the human spirit.”
Ranch Diaries: After a dry spell, we finally have good rain at the ranch
Ranch Diaries: After a dry spell, we finally have good rain at the ranch
We altered our grazing plan early in the summer to account for aridity, but now we’re rolling in forage.
The family legacy of fishing
The family legacy of fishing
In a day on the river, a grandfather and grandson find joy despite the lack of fish.
Ranch Diaries: How to have a clear head and rested heart
Ranch Diaries: How to have a clear head and rested heart
It’s difficult to prioritize mental and emotional health in ranching, but vital to do so.
The Chickadee Symphony
The Chickadee Symphony
A composer reflects on three decades of birdsong.
The importance of Black Lives Matter in a white rural West
The importance of Black Lives Matter in a white rural West
A Westerner reflects on racial injustice close to home.
Ranch Diaries: On returning home from the city
Ranch Diaries: On returning home from the city
Whenever I leave, I miss out on big events at the ranch.
Ranch Diaries: The ranching-writing life
Ranch Diaries: The ranching-writing life
Somewhere in the midst of the business of ranching I have to figure out a way to keep writing.
What if I’m not white?
What if I’m not white?
A former sports writer tries to find a place for himself in the outdoors.
In praise of a wild West
In praise of a wild West
A 21st-century vision for Western public lands, including their role in solving challenges like climate change.
Ranch Diaries: Trusting your horse on ice and in quicksand
Ranch Diaries: Trusting your horse on ice and in quicksand
On the ranch, horses help us through bad weather and barbed wire mishaps on a regular basis.
Taking water’s measure
Taking water’s measure
A three-day trip to measure Montana’s snowpack follows a century of tradition.
Ranch Diaries: Traditional agriculture meets progressive ideals
Ranch Diaries: Traditional agriculture meets progressive ideals
Can producers come together to find common ground and work toward common goals?
Are we smarter than the hummingbirds?
Are we smarter than the hummingbirds?
We produce abundance. Are we smart enough to share and sustain it?
“A history of subversion”: An excerpt from Terry Tempest Williams’ latest book
“A history of subversion”: An excerpt from Terry Tempest Williams’ latest book
“César E. Chávez National Monument” from The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks.
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