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Paving the Brooks Range

By Nadine Lehner   |   Sep 19, 2017 September 19, 2017

“We were so hungry, we licked the margarine wrappers.” In the summer of 1975, my father and his two brothers loaded into an old truck and headed for Alaska, a fabled land for a teenage troupe of New England climbers. A mentor had shown them a faded photograph of the… Read More

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Save the Blue Heart of Europe: Scientists for Vjosa

By Dr. Fritz Schiemer   |   Sep 6, 2017 September 6, 2017

The rivers in the Balkan region are in danger of being damaged by inappropriate river engineering. Of particular concern is the Vjosa in Albania, the last big wild river in Europe outside Russia. From a scientific point of view, the Vjosa is of high value since nowhere else in Europe… Read More

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Protecting the Arctic Refuge is Non-Negotiable

By Bernadette Demientieff   |   Aug 17, 2017 August 17, 2017

I’ve recently returned from a whirlwind trip, visiting four states in the Southwest and then off to Washington, D.C. to participate in a week of action on behalf of the Gwich’in Nation, all in the name of protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and its fragile Coastal… Read More

Photo: Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management

Why Should the Public Care About Public Lands?

By Hans Cole   |   Jul 6, 2017 July 6, 2017

Debates over how America’s public lands should be managed are as old as the system itself, dating back to the early 1900s when President Teddy Roosevelt pioneered our current system. Disagreements have often centered on the balance between energy or resource development and protecting wild places for recreation and wildlife. Read More

Illustration: Cathy Eliot

A Perch

By Lee Spencer   |   Aug 9, 2017 August 9, 2017

As I wake, I become aware of the shovel-scraping-asphalt croak of a blue heron, or the brilliant complex cascading song of the winter wren, or the yammering calls of the kingfisher being chased by an accipiter. In the fall a flock of kinglets, moving through the trees and shrubs surrounding… Read More

Photo: Fawn Talmon

The Last Straw

By Timmy O’Neill   |   Jul 5, 2017 July 5, 2017

In mid-May, I presented at the annual NOLS instructor conference held in Lander, Wyoming. This was not only an opportunity to speak to the frontline of outdoor educators but, in light of the recent concerns with our public lands, an even better… Read More

Photo: Emmie Theberge

In the Shadows of Katahdin

By Ryan Parker   |   Jun 30, 2017 June 30, 2017

I break trail for my companions, pushing through snow and curtains of my own misty breath, both aglow with starlight. We left warmth and merriment in Big Spring Brook Hut where the rest of our group is gathered. Only three of us pushed on after the 11-mile ski from the… Read More

Photo: Dave McCoy

A Bittersweet Victory

By Paul Moinester   |   May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017

The stakes were high and the odds were long. A wild Alaskan paradise, a frontier community and a tribe of Alaska Natives hung in the balance, their fates inextricably linked to the colossal coalfield beneath the headwaters of the Chuitna River and the coal barons who owned it. Unfortunately, for… Read More

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