The Cleanest Line

Activism

Threatened with development, the Tarkine is a vast wilderness in a remote part of North West Tasmania containing the largest tract of cool temperate rainforest, wild windswept beaches, extensive buttongrass plains and pristine wild rivers in Australia. Bob Brown and his Foundation has been campaigning for years to protect this unique landscape. Photo: Rob Blakers (copyright 2016 Patagonia Inc.)

Australian High Court Upholds Peaceful Protest

By Dr. Bob Brown   |   Nov 14, 2017 November 14, 2017

The High Court of Australia has drawn a line in the sand against laws which curb the right of the people to peaceful protest. Last week it struck down the Tasmanian Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014 aimed at stopping people from protesting effectively against potentially harmful… Read More

Photo: John Gussman

Atlantic Salmon Net Pens Don’t Belong in Puget Sound

By Kurt Beardslee   |   Nov 2, 2017 November 2, 2017

Amidst all of the commotion, the subtle shift would have been easy to miss. Behind me in the waters off the coast of Washington’s Bainbridge Island, an armada of activists were blaring air horns and chanting, “Protect Our Sound!” This flotilla of commercial fishing vessels, recreational boats, kayaks, canoes, SUPs… Read More

Photo: Jason Murray

The Point is Forever

By Patagonia   |   Oct 23, 2017 October 23, 2017

On the best days—on any day, in fact—the view from the Mirador is about as beautiful as one could ever imagine. Past the stands of cactus in the foreground, you look out to the castle-like ramparts of the Morros, the swirling congregations of seabirds, and the long lines of swell… Read More

Photo: Andrew Burr

Our Common Ground

By Vincent Stanley   |   Sep 28, 2017 September 28, 2017

As Americans, regardless of our descent, we share as our greatest inheritance, both material and spiritual, the gift of our federal public lands. Most of us can readily name a piece of ground sacred to us as individuals that belongs to every soul in the country: Yosemite, the Everglades, Acadia,… Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

The Dirtbag Diaries: Boundary Waters

By Fitz Cahall   |   Oct 2, 2017 October 2, 2017

Raising awareness. It seems like every day, someone embarks on a new project to ‘raise awareness’ about a particular issue, cause, disease, endangered species or threatened public land. But what separates the projects that cut through the noise and the ones that get drowned out in the static of issues… Read More

Photo: Bruce Kirkby

In Hot Water

By Yvon Chouinard   |   Sep 28, 2017 September 28, 2017

I’m not a scientist. But I am a fisherman of more than 70 years, and I’ve seen firsthand that of the myriad threats facing cold-water fish all over the world, global warming is the most dire. Water all over the planet is heating up in response to climate change, and… Read More

Photo: Steve Perih

Giants Live Forever

By Dylan Tomine   |   Sep 25, 2017 September 25, 2017

Through the years I’ve talked to Bruce Hill on the phone more times than I can count, often at odd hours, about subjects big and small. Recipes for teriyaki sauce and salmon caviar. Conservation campaign strategies. Guitar techniques. Family. Personal issues and challenges. For so many reasons it’s been a… Read More

Photo: María Mariñas

Stop the Black Dragon

By Tony Butt   |   Sep 22, 2017 September 22, 2017

About five minutes from where I live, there is a small village called Tapia de Casariego. The waves at Tapia are not world-class, but they can get very good on the right conditions. Tapia is also very significant in Spanish surfing history, being one of the birthplaces of surfing in… Read More

Photo: Nadine Lehner

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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