Wilderness

Where the Great American Outdoors Act stands now
Where the Great American Outdoors Act stands now
After passing with bipartisan support in August, the conservation law hits stumbling blocks. Here’s what may happen next.
Wilderness rescuers brace for a busy winter
Wilderness rescuers brace for a busy winter
Snow is on the way — and amid COVID-19, recovery missions are on the rise.
Montana’s new governor scares conservationists
Montana’s new governor scares conservationists
Republican Greg Gianforte has a history of support for rolling back protections for public lands and waters.
Inhospitable, remote and compelling: The island swallowed by nowhere
Inhospitable, remote and compelling: The island swallowed by nowhere
Alaska’s St. Matthew Island has had its share of human visitors, but none can remain long.
Why the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge may not be drilled
Why the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge may not be drilled
The economic, legal and political obstacles to petroleum extraction on Alaska’s North Slope.
New bill would permanently protect 130,000 acres of Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
New bill would permanently protect 130,000 acres of Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
President Trump proved monument designations can be easy to remove; a new piece of legislation seeks to change that.
How can we protect silence?
How can we protect silence?
As more people push into once-remote areas, truly quiet spots are increasingly scarce.
Helicopter wild; five drives; isolation tips
Helicopter wild; five drives; isolation tips
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The West’s invisible menace: Microplastics
The West’s invisible menace: Microplastics
‘Just because we can’t see them in front of us, doesn’t mean we’re not breathing them in.’
When the love of skiing endangers wildlife
When the love of skiing endangers wildlife
A world-renowned athlete stopped skiing in sensitive areas. Can she convince others to do the same?
The Park Service is selling out to telecom giants
The Park Service is selling out to telecom giants
With Trump’s blessing, cell towers are infiltrating protected public lands across the West.
The wildness is in me, too
The wildness is in me, too
People were excluded from the wild, historically, and in today’s rapidly digitizing West.
The mystery of mountain lions
The mystery of mountain lions
Despite decades of research, myth and fear still surround the animals.
Do wilderness therapy programs really work?
Do wilderness therapy programs really work?
The expensive treatments for troubled teens have been around for years — but researchers still aren’t sure whether wilderness makes a difference.
The penetrable wall; baffling thievery; unretiring outdoors
The penetrable wall; baffling thievery; unretiring outdoors
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
30 million acres of public land in Alaska at risk of being developed or transferred
The history of hiking The Continental Divide Trail
The history of hiking The Continental Divide Trail
Meandering across 3,100 miles, the trail connects Mexico to Canada.
Plumbing the Gila for solace and hope
Plumbing the Gila for solace and hope
A new book contemplates nature, solitude, grief and grace.
5 reasons to keep geotagging
5 reasons to keep geotagging
Public lands face far greater threats than recreational overuse.
Wreckreation; snowmobile danger; a subdued vacuum
Wreckreation; snowmobile danger; a subdued vacuum
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Wildness is an attitude, not a place
Wildness is an attitude, not a place
Henry David Thoreau’s insights can help us accept the drastic changes of the Anthropocene.
Critics of the Green New Deal rail against socialism. We’ve seen this before.
Critics of the Green New Deal rail against socialism. We’ve seen this before.
In the 1930s, nationalizing forests was labeled ‘socialist.’
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?
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