Wilderness

‘Organic’ litter is not copacetic
‘Organic’ litter is not copacetic
Even orange peels be damned — don’t toss your food on the trail.
The beauty — and dangers — of living wild
The beauty — and dangers — of living wild
Two new fearless memoirs deliver stories of pragmatism and boundless courage.
The arresting quiet of a crane migration in Washington
The arresting quiet of a crane migration in Washington
Sandhill cranes, cattle and the surprising benefits of their coexistence in the West.
Reflections on the Wilderness Act at 50
Reflections on the Wilderness Act at 50
The concept may need some rethinking, but it's still an important way to preserve some of our most treasured land.
Motorheads gone wild
Motorheads gone wild
An off-roading conservationist navigates some gnarly landscape on the road to more protection for the Utah desert.
The Latest: Obama designated his largest national monument yet
The Latest: Obama designated his largest national monument yet
If Congress won’t act to protect public lands, the President will.
The Big Nasty
The Big Nasty
On garbage and tolerance in the wilderness.
Wilderness therapy redefines itself
Wilderness therapy redefines itself
But the irresponsible caregivers and tragedies of the past prove hard to shake.
Craig Childs narrates a Canyonlands adventure
Craig Childs narrates a Canyonlands adventure
Images from a month-long trip with friends in 1999.
Heart-Shaped River: Craig Childs finds his center in Canyonlands
Heart-Shaped River: Craig Childs finds his center in Canyonlands
Not all maps are made of paper. The best ones are spooled in memory.
New route to end Utah's wilderness stalemate
New route to end Utah's wilderness stalemate
Can one of the West's most conservative, anti-federal lands lawmakers broker a mega-wilderness deal in the Beehive state?
Sacrificial Land: Will renewable energy devour the Mojave Desert?
Sacrificial Land: Will renewable energy devour the Mojave Desert?
An unlikely group of activists is championing a new bill to protect the Mojave Desert. But even if it passes, large swaths of once empty land will be developed.
Book review: The Wild Wyoming Range
Book review: The Wild Wyoming Range
A review of The Wild Wyoming Range, edited by Ronald H. Chilcote and Susan Marsh
The wild without and within: A review of Wilderness
The wild without and within: A review of Wilderness
Lance Weller's debut novel traces the path of a Civil War veteran in the Pacific Northwest.
Wilderness bills languish in legislative limbo
Wilderness bills languish in legislative limbo
Even Republican sponsors can't seem to break their party's determined stonewalling on wilderness bills in the House of Representatives.
The wild we take for granted
The wild we take for granted
Delight in the animals and places that are close to home but often ignored by us.
The roadless issue rambles on through the courts
The roadless issue rambles on through the courts
Rocky Barker on the endless struggle over protecting the national forests’ roadless areas.
Solo journeys, life lessons
In the nine essays gathered in her new book, Hiking Alone, poet and artist Mary Beath celebrates nature from the point of view of an independent woman.
Words that mountains speak
In Contact: Mountain Climbing and Environmental Thinking, Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy has assembled 23 essays from a wide range of authors.
Forces of nature
Amy Irvine’s memoir, Trespass, describes how she moved to rural Utah after her father’s suicide.
Carpe Noctem
Arizona developer promises sun, moon and stars
The granddaddy of all collaboration groups
In his beautiful, compact book Working Wilderness, Nathan Sayres tells the story of the Malpai Borderlands Group, “the most hailed example of collaborative place-based resource management in the West.”
The great wilderness compromise
Both sides of the contentious debate over a proposed Idaho wilderness bill invoke Howard Zahniser, father of the Wilderness Act -- and both sides have a point.
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