This is The New Localism
The Tarkine region of northwestern Tasmania is home to one of the last undisturbed tracts of Gondwanan rainforest in the world and one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal archaeology in the hemisphere. Yet this place is currently at the mercy of historic extraction industries including timber and mining. The 40-year fight to protect this area as a World Heritage site underscores the complexities of modern conservation and challenges us to defend our last truly wild places.
Boldly protected by President Obama as a new National Monument, Bears Ears’ million plus acres of weathered sandstone, deep canyons, forests, ancient cliff dwellings and sacred rock art offer world-class opportunities for exploration, solitude and recreation.
The Ktunaxa Nation, conservationists, and backcountry skiers and snowboarders have opposed a proposed large-scale ski resort deep in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia for over two decades. After 26 years, what more will it take to keep the Jumbo Valley and the Central Purcells forever wild?
An oil pipeline ruptured in Santa Barbara County on May 19, 2015, tarring the California coast with 140,000 gallons of thick crude oil that killed wildlife, soiled protected areas and closed beaches. With your help, we supported four bills in the California Legislature—three of which were signed into law on October 8, 2015. Join us in staying vigilant and continuing to fight risky oil development on our sensitive coast!
Snake River salmon have been trucked, put on barges, diverted up fish ladders—all in the hope that enough would get by four dams to reach their historic habitat in numbers that would assure their future. It’s not working: It’s time to breach the dams and reconnect wild salmon to this important watershed.
Born and raised at Punta de Lobos, Ramón Navarro found his passion riding the biggest waves on the planet. But his accomplishments in giant surf are just one part of a bigger vision to protect the culture and environment of the Chilean coast.
Thanks to the activism of ultrarunners Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson, a great film by James Q Martin, donations from runners around the world, and a matching grant from Patagonia—the Mile for Mile campaign exceeded its goal and raised over $90,000. Conservacion Patagonica can now build over 50 miles of new trails in Patagonia Park, connecting locals and visitors from everywhere to this remarkable place.