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Students from Patagonia, Chile, and the Klamath River Basin form long-lasting bonds while confronting the challenges and joys of paddling 120 miles of the Klamath River. Photo: Ben Lehman

From Ríos to Rivers: Two Worlds United for the People of the River!

By Juanita Ringeling Vicuña   |   Dec 18, 2017 December 18, 2017

At first glimpse, the Klamath River in the United States’ Pacific Northwest and the Río Baker in Chilean Patagonia, South America, seem to have nothing in common. Separated by more than 10,000 miles, their waters drain basins that are drastically different. One river begins in a sagebrush desert before weaving… Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

Endangered Spaces: Boundary Waters

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Oct 2, 2017 October 2, 2017

Raising awareness. It seems like every day, someone embarks on a new project to ‘raise awareness’ about a particular issue, cause, disease, endangered species or threatened public land. But what separates the projects that cut through the noise and the ones that get drowned out in the static of issues… Read More

Photo: Nate Ptacek

The Boundary Waters Works for Everyone

By Adam Fetcher   |   Dec 19, 2016 December 19, 2016

Last week, federal agencies responsible for stewardship of America’s public lands did the right thing: they took a hard look at science and public opinion and made a sober decision to protect Minnesota’s iconic Boundary Waters from a sulfide-ore copper mining project by denying the renewal of two mineral leases. Read More

Photo: Nate Ptacek

Speaking Loudly for a Quiet Place

By Emily Meg Weinstein   |   Jul 15, 2016 July 15, 2016

After a long day of travel through pristine lakes and dense forest, we make our main camp on Long Island Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I grew up in a different Long Island, the one outside New York City, a densely populated suburb where at night I… Read More

Photo: Adam Fetcher

Why Minnesota Can’t Afford Mining Near the Boundary Waters

By Adam Fetcher   |   Mar 28, 2016 March 28, 2016

Patagonia has supported the work of Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness and the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters through grant funding, our employee environmental internship program, retail store events, product donations and an invitation to attend the 2015 Tools for Grassroots Activists Conference. You can read our past coverage on The… Read More

Photo: Jim Little

Floating Through Nowhere

By Jim Little   |   May 9, 2016 May 9, 2016

Most people have never heard of the Owyhee Canyonlands, let alone pulled over to visit. On a map of Oregon, it’s that mostly blank expanse in the southeastern corner of the state near the Idaho/Nevada border—a place most would call nowhere. Rome, Burns and Jordan Valley are the nearest towns… Read More

Photo: 350.org

Paddle Power: The Rise of Kayaktivism

By Cameron Fenton   |   May 5, 2016 May 5, 2016

The house I grew up in was full of art from the Canadian Arctic. From soapstone carvings to caribou tufting and Ted Harrison paintings, my parents had brought it with them when they moved south from their home in Yellowknife on the northern shores of Great Slave Lake in the… Read More

Photo: Roland Dorozhani

Save the Blue Heart of Europe: The Balkan Rivers story

By Ulrich Eichelmann   |   Mar 14, 2016 March 14, 2016

The Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe is known for its Mediterranean beaches, past wars, corruption, ethnic conflicts and, to insiders, Slivovitz and ćevapi—the plum schnapps and traditional minced-meat dish of the region. Stories about the area are plentiful, but I want to tell you a different story—a story about beauty, diversity… Read More

Green: The Old Red

Green: The Old Red

By Michael Kew   |   Mar 16, 2015 March 16, 2015

“EXPECT ANOTHER ROUND OF STORM-FORCE WINDS, WITH HURRICANE-FORCE GUSTS POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY IN THE VICINITY OF CAPE BLANCO. THIS WILL BE A VERY STRONG STORM. MARITIME AND COASTAL INTERESTS SHOULD TAKE ALL PRECAUTIONS NECESSARY TO PRESERVE LIFE AND PROPERTY.” By dawn, the damage was done—downed trees, flooding, thousands without power. Read More

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