photo: Beth Shapiro Lab, Penn State
Paddling into a breeze, I marveled, our backs pulling such small blades against such a mighty river. The Colville, on the north slope of the Brooks Range, is Alaska...
Wilderness Can Work for Mountain Bikers
+Mike Van Abel is the executive director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, which since 1988 has worked to create, enhance, and preserve the mountain biking experience. Mountain biki...
Mike Van Abel
Black & Brown Faces in Wild Places
I grew up in suburban Chicago. My mother was a nurse with the Girl Scouts and I’d often go to camps with her and stay in cabins in wooded areas near the city. Somehow, even as a child, those trips w...
Meet the 15th Annual Brower Youth Award Winners
New Leaders Initiative
A Buffalo Soldier Speaks
“Mountains and Forests Rise Within Us”
Mountain Biking Is Inappropriate In Wilderness
-George Wuerthner is an ecologist and former hunting guide who has written or edited many books including, Thrillcraft: The Environmental Consequences of Motorized Recreation. He has personally visite...
Wild at Heart
“The idea of wilderness needs no defense,” Edward Abbey once declared, “it only needs defenders.” It’s a good line and a brave one, but, like so many things, it might not hold up as it once ...
A New Geography of Hope
In a warming world we’ll discover that wilderness continues to sustain us.
Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service, had a childhood seemingly tailor-made for a career in public lands conservation. His family’s farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley backed up to t...
Letters and Emails
Investigation vs. SuperstitionTell us what you think:email@example.com Letters to the Editor Earth Island Journal 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460 Berkeley, CA 94704 I was gratified to see hard-hittin...
To Protect Wild Places, We Need to Shift to Clean Energy
The Sierra Club wants to do for renewable energy what Muir did for wilderness.
What’s in a Name?
A few years back, while researching a book called Conservation Refugees about Native peoples who had been evicted from their lands to make way for parks or preserves, I was interviewing an Ojibway wom...
Wilderness Next Door
Following the same route over and over has become a kind of walking meditation.
Björn Phillip Beer
Local News from All Over
The Big Wide Open
Victory in Chile Environmentalists in Chile scored a major victory in June when Chile’s Committee of Ministers (the country’s cabinet) unanimously agreed to cancel a plan to dam ...
Wilderness in the Anthropocene
In the “Age of Man” we’ll need wild places to hold steady the sanity of our species.
A Much Trammelled Wild
I was almost crawling. One foot forward, a hand out in front. The other foot searching around for a firm setting to keep me moving along the arete. It was exhilarating, yet, if my eyes strayed over th...
In Praise of a Place
A Letter from the Yaak Valley
Parks in Peril
In July, the US National Parks Service released a report confirming that 289 of America’s parks and historic sites are feeling the brunt of climate change. Parks are getting hotter, enduring more se...
“Guardians, not Gardeners”
Of all the sweeping conservation laws of the 1960s, the Wilderness Act most expanded the boundaries of conservation thinking. Olaus Murie, a biologist and president of The Wilderness Society, said our...
Don’t Tell a Soul
Cave lovers worry that sharing their passion might just kill it.
The Wild Line
When the dust settles after years of meetings and disputes and intellectual navel-gazing and studies and horse-trading and lies, the administrative act of preserving American wilderness is, in concept...
Daniel Lee Henry
The Sharing Economy: Love It or Leave It?
As you’ve likely noticed, sharing is having a resurgence. The new sharing economy has created so much buzz that it even has a new name: collaborative consumption. With the aid of online tools and sm...
The Heart of Wilderness
It’s fair to say that we each have our own relationship with wilderness. For me, wilderness has touched me in very special ways: I once scattered ashes of a dear friend in the Arctic National Wildli...
Jamie Rappaport Clark
Coloring Outside the Lines
photo by Flickr user Travel Garden Eat
On one of the coldest winters on record, the 2014 polar vortex swinging down across the brow of North America, I set off across frozen Lake Superior in northern ...
Debunking Straw Man Definitions of Wilderness
Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth Edited by George Wuerthner, Eileen Crist, and Tom Butler Island Press, 2014, 248 pages
The Power of Storytelling
Sacred Land Film Project
More than Just a Pretty Picture
Nature’s Best Photography
Ticket to Ride?
+/-The Wilderness Act is clear in its prohibition against road-building, “motor vehicles, motorized equipment or motorboats” and “landing of aircraft.” It also prohibits “other form[s] of me...
Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island By Will Harlan Grove Press, 2014, 307 Pages