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Yosemite Valley moments before rangers were forced to evacuate the park due to the Ferguson fire. Photo: Eric Bissell

Endless Fire Season

By Austin Murphy   |   Oct 29, 2018 October 29, 2018

On a Wednesday in August, I drove three hours from the Bay Area to Mariposa, California, on the doorstep of Yosemite National Park. For me, this is typically a drive of mounting anticipation—of stoke. Cresting Altamont Pass on Interstate 580, crossing the Central Valley, what I felt instead was dread. Read More

Photo: Sam Beebe

In Montana, Public Lands Remain a Nonpartisan Issue

By Elliott Woods   |   Oct 24, 2018 October 24, 2018

Not so very long ago, Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale sounded like he’d be right at home as a member of the Bundy family. “The U.S. Constitution clearly defines the purpose for the federal government to retain land for post offices, batteries and things like that,” Rosendale said during the 2014 Republican… Read More

Massacre Rim Widerness Study Area. Photo: Kurt Kuznicki

Nevada’s Darkest Treasure

By Shaaron Netherton   |   Oct 22, 2018 October 22, 2018

The Massacre Rim towers 1,000 feet above Long Valley in the vast reaches of northwestern Nevada. As with most hikes in this part of the world, getting to the top requires picking out an unmarked route, being flexible and overcoming obstacles. Halfway up, after skirting yet another talus field, sharp… Read More

Puma concolor, otherwise known as the mountain lion or puma, is one of Earth’s most elusive creatures. Argentina. Photo: Darío Podestá

Path of the Puma

By Cristián Saucedo, D.V.M   |   Oct 15, 2018 October 15, 2018

Arcilio Sepulveda used to hunt pumas for a living. Today he’s a key member of the Tompkins Conservation wildlife recovery program, helping to protect an expanding population of mountain lions in Patagonia National Park in Chile. Formerly a “leonero,” a lion killer who lived on a huge estancia that raised… Read More

Quinn on January 14, 2018. Estes Park, Colorado. Photo: Tim Davis

Letting Go

By Quinn Brett   |   Oct 8, 2018 October 8, 2018

A climber describes her passion for the wildness of the world. My brother’s cheeks smooshed against the blue velour seat and his mouth hung slightly ajar. His gangly legs stretched from door to door, covering the back bench of our family Buick. On the floor, parallel, I fidgeted over the… Read More

It's not hard to see why Cochamó Valley is often compared to Yosemite. Photo: Drew Smith

Coming to Bat for Cochamó

By Chris Kalman   |   Oct 5, 2018 October 5, 2018

What can I say about Cochamó that hasn’t already been said of a thousand other places before? It’s beautiful, it’s magical, it’s special? How about this: We haven’t messed it up yet. There are lots of beautiful, magical, special places in the world. What we humans tend to do when… Read More

Tania with her two new cubs shortly after their birth. The first jaguars born in decades in Iberá, their arrival was a major milestone for the Jaguar Reintroduction Program. When they’re released into the wild—hopefully within two and a half years—they’ll have access to 650,000 acres of habitat teeming with caimans, capybaras and other native food sources. Photo: Courtesy Tompkins Conservation

Rewilding Iberá

By Sebastián Di Martino   |   Oct 3, 2018 October 3, 2018

It’s spring in the wetlands of Iberá, and two young jaguar cubs appear filled with trepidation and curiosity as they follow their mother, Tania, into the water for their first swim. Aramí, which means “little sky” in the native Guaraní language, and Mbareté, or “strong,” are the first cubs born… Read More

Photo: Greg Von Doersten

Judge Ends Grizzly Hunts with Ruling That’s Bigger Than Bears

By Todd Wilkinson   |   Sep 27, 2018 September 27, 2018

So far in this young century, few wildlife conservation issues have galvanized more Americans than whether or not Western state governments ought to allow grizzly bears to be hunted again. On Monday, September 24, 2018, U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen in Missoula, Montana, resolved the matter for the foreseeable… Read More

Photo: Andrew Burr

The Brave Women of Bosnia

By Molly Baker   |   Sep 26, 2018 September 26, 2018

Activism and the feminine spirit unite to save Europe’s last wild rivers. Mornings in Fojnica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, bring a harmony of Franciscan monastery bells and the broadcast of Fajr prayer, the valley draped in fog and wood smoke. As the fog lifts, hills speckled with the first yellows of fall appear, sloping… Read More

Photo: Tim Davis

Time to Vote

By Rose Marcario, CEO   |   Sep 24, 2018 September 24, 2018

Today, 150 leading companies are coming together in support of a vital common goal: getting more people out to vote. By joining the nonpartisan Time to Vote campaign, businesses from Walmart to Lyft as well as small businesses from coast to coast have made real commitments to help employees and… Read More

The biointensive garden at Parque Patagonia in summer, from above. More than 30 different crops in an orchestra of flavors. Photo: James Q Martin

The Garden at the End of the World

By Javier Soler   |   Sep 11, 2018 September 11, 2018

If the present status-quo of soil loss, carbon pollution and planetary warming continue, we’re looking at just 60 more harvests before we can no longer grow 95 percent of the food we humans rely upon to live. At the same time, the way to prevent this calamity is at hand:… Read More

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