• photo of high mountainsA New Geography of Hope
    In a warming world, we’ll discover that wilderness continues to sustain us.
    By Kathleen Dean Moore
  • photo of cactu in a lush desert at sunriseShift to Clean Energy
    We need to do for renewable energy what John Muir did for wilderness.
    By Michael Brune
  • photo of high mountains and a meadow of wildflowersWilderness in the Anthropocene
    In the “Age of Man” we’ll need wild places to hold steady the sanity of our species.
    By Jason Mark
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Protecting Wild Salmon and Wild Rivers

US Forest Service should place a mineral withdrawal on critical Smith River watershed

The Smith River, which originates in the wilds of southwest Oregon and flows through northwest California, is the only major undammed river remaining in California. Its free-flowing waters still provide the rare opportunity for wild salmon to make the epic journey from…
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EPA’s Approval of Toxic Pesticide Ignores Health and Safety Risks

Dow Chemical's new line of GE seeds will drastically increase the use of 2,4-D, a harmful and volatile chemical

It's official. Yesterday, the US Environmental Protection Agency approved Dow AgroSciences’ new pesticide product Enlist Duo, a combination of the herbicides 2,4-D and glyphosate. Given that the US Department of Agriculture has already cleared the way for Dow’s new genetically engineered corn…
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Will National Forests Be Sacrificed to the Biomass Industry?

The US Forest Service wants to sell our forests for fuel in the name of wildfire reduction

If we’re to believe the biomass energy industry, the US Forest Service, and a chorus of politicians from both sides of the aisle, we can solve the energy crisis, cure climate change, and eradicate wildfire by logging and chipping our national forests…
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Nature Needs Half

Conservation group promoting an ambitious new proposal for wilderness protection

During the last half century conservationists around the world have won some impressive victories to protect wild places. Here in the US, the Wilderness Act preserves some 110 million acres of public land. Private holdings by groups like The Nature Conservancy safeguard…
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Experts Look to Lithium Extraction in the Race to Save California’s Salton Sea

Geothermal brine in the region may contain North America’s largest deposit of the element that’s key to the electronics industry

It is easy to imagine the Salton Sea, California’s largest lake, as nothing more than a 350-square-mile puddle. At its deepest point, the silvery inland sea is just 50 feet. By 2030, it will be reduced to a mere 30 feet, and…
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Obama Declares Part of San Gabriel Mountains a National Monument

The wild Is where you find It, and it is always worth protecting

In a wise move, President Barak Obama today designated about 350,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, as our country's newest national monument. It's a decision that came as the result of years of collaboration amongst a vibrant…
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Carbon in the Tank

The price of gasoline in the US reflects not actual costs but the reflected glare of the margins necessary for oil companies to sustain hefty profits.

ON A BOOKSHELF above my desk, I have a rock that’s about the size of a fist. It’s ridged and bumpy, and covered in oil. I’ve been carrying it with me for about a decade, after collecting it from a remote beach…
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Voices

Jon Jarvis
The National Park Service Director discusses climate change, technology, and nature deficit disorder.
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Black Faces in Wild Places
Chelsea Griffie on how to ensure all people are enjoying the outdoors.
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Ticket to Ride?
The head of the International Mountain Bicycling Association and an ecologist debate bikes in wilderness areas.
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