In a warming world we’ll discover that wilderness continues to sustain us.
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.
Wilderness in the Anthropocene
In the “Age of Man” we’ll need wild places to hold steady the sanity of our species.
“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...
In Praise of a Place
A Letter from the Yaak Valley
To Our Readers
Wild at Heart
Scientists and crop breeders are racing to identify the wild ancestors of domesticated plants before they disappear.
Local News from All Over : Autumn 2014
The Big Wide OpenVictory 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 t...
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...
Earth Island Reports
The Power of Storytelling
Sacred Land Film Project
Ending America’s War on Wildlife
Meet the 15th Annual Brower Youth Award Winners
New Leaders Initiative
More than Just a Pretty Picture
Nature’s Best Photography
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...
A Buffalo Soldier Speaks
“Mountains and Forests Rise Within Us”
A Wild that Leaves Us Speechless
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 Ala...
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...
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...
Don’t Tell a Soul
Cave lovers worry that sharing their passion might just kill it.
Wilderness Next Door
Following the same route over and over has become a kind of walking meditation.
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...
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 northe...
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 mecha...
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis
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...
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
Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island By Will Harlan Grove Press, 2014, 307 Pages
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...