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In 2008 the National Forest Service designated the upper part of the Path of the Pronghorn migration route as the country’s first designated wildlife corridor. The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act seeks to build on this legacy. Photo: Joe Riis
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I found an old index card in my Sierra High Route book that read: Dobbiamo credere nei miracoli prima di osare chiederne uno, an Italian phrase meaning, “We must first believe in miracles before having the audacity to ask for one.” Photo: Ken Etzel

FFFKT*

By Jenn Shelton   |   Sep 6, 2019 September 6, 2019

*Fastest Fish Fourteener Known Time I picked it up on a whim at the ranger station in Bishop 2012. I was there finagling a permit that would look more or less legal for my attempt to break the men’s speed record across the John Muir Trail starting the next day. Read More

Pristine tributaries of the Chilkat River are threatened by the Palmer Project because sulfide mines produce toxic sludge that must be kept out of waterways to avoid devastating the ecosystem. Photo: Connor Gallagher

The Chilkat’s Fight Against the Palmer Project

By Tim Gibbins   |   Sep 5, 2019 September 5, 2019

Klukwan is a village of 90 people in Southeast Alaska that’s home to the Chilkat Indian Village, a federally recognized tribe, on the banks of the Chilkat River 22 miles north of Haines, Alaska. The Chilkat have lived in the Chilkat Valley for over 2,000 years. It’s a land of… Read More

Located in a stunning, glacially-forged valley in southwest Iceland, the Laxá in Kjós is considered one of the best small salmon streams in the world. The wild Atlantic salmon, sea trout and views, however, are anything but diminutive. Photo: Oskar Sveinsson

The Final Frontier for Wild Atlantic Salmon

By Madalina Preda   |   Sep 4, 2019 September 4, 2019

In the last 20 years, the expansion of salmon farming in open-net pens has led to the loss of half the wild salmon population in Norway. On average, 200,000 farmed fish escape from open-net pens and many of them swim up rivers in Norway and breed with… Read More

Alex sticks the iconic crux move—a dead point off a right-hand mono to a terrible pinch—on the FA of Perfecto Mundo, one of the hardest routes in the world. Photo: Ken Etzel

There Is Only Send or Fail. Just ask Alex Megos

By Alex Lowther   |   Sep 2, 2019 September 2, 2019

Alex Megos is driving his aging Volkswagen down the curvy roads that thread the valleys of the Frankenjura. It’s June in rural Bavaria, where rolling green meets broad blue. The pavement reveals an occasional storybook village arrayed around a church steeple. Alex has made this hour-long trip,… Read More

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The proposed goldmine site in Greencastle, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Dalradian Gold Limited has already started underground mining operations to test the quality of the ore at Curraghinalt in the Sperrin Mountains. Photo by Friends of the Earth Ireland

Gold Diggers in Northern Ireland

By Tony Butt   |   Aug 29, 2019 August 29, 2019

If you are interested in exploiting somebody else’s land, you can find convenient ratings tables that tell you the current favorites, ranked by competitive taxes, efficient permitting procedures and certainty around environmental regulations. In other words, if a country has low taxes for the rich, a no-questions-asked permit policy and… Read More

In 1987, a barge named Mobro carried 3,100 tons of Islip Town and New York City trash at sea for over two months and about 6,000 miles, looking for a dumpsite. Thirty-two years later, the large problem of where to ship it all continues. Photo: Dennis Capolongo

Letter from Tuscany (Where We Get Our Used Wool)

By Madalina Preda   |   Aug 28, 2019 August 28, 2019

Silvia Micheloni cuts the plastic straps binding a bale of compacted used wool clothes that have already been sorted by color—today, she’s working through the greens. As she snips the last strap, dark green fabric of different shapes and sizes spills onto the factory floor. Her son Gabriele sprays them… Read More

“Somehow, the desert would always remain in the recesses of my mind—that project I’d get to the next season, that crack we scoped that we needed to get anchors on or sometimes just that meditation and erasing of anything from the past or present.” -Luke Mehall, The Desert. Photo: Greg Cairns

The Magic of the Desert

By Luke Mehall   |   Aug 23, 2019 August 23, 2019

The creation of Bears Ears National Monument was something that seemed more inevitable in the summer of 2016. It seems like now it’s one of those things where you’re on one side or the other because after all, I’m writing this book in the Trump years, and… Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

Fistful of Hearts

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Aug 22, 2019 August 22, 2019

“We biked through wind, rain, and snow. If lightning struck, we kept going. We only stopped if it got too close.  We outran tornadoes in Oklahoma. We waited out a storm in an old horse barn in Montana, huddled like penguins, our bikes cast carelessly aside in the mud,” writes… Read More

John “The Blind Woodsman” Furniss knows exactly where everything is in his Washougal, Washington, workshop. He also owns a T-shirt that says, “You will have to speak up. I’m blind.” Photo: Anni Furniss

Sawdust Is My Glitter

By Jeff McElroy   |   Aug 21, 2019 August 21, 2019

Editor’s note: This post discusses anxiety and suicide. In a humble workshop in Washougal, Washington, a blind craftsman holds a locally harvested log that he has made into a blank with his miter saw. He turns it in his hands to feel its shape and weight. He measures and marks,… Read More

The Elwha River has been dam-free for less than two decades  whereas the Hoh River—running from the flanks of Mount Olympus to the Pacific Ocean on the Olympic Peninsula’s western edge—remains one of the state’s few uninterrupted rivers, largely due to its location in Olympic National Park. Photo: Colin Wiseman

Saving One River: Hoh Steelhead in Decline

By Colin Wiseman   |   Aug 17, 2019 August 17, 2019

“Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.” —William Ruckelshaus, first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency A coho salmon the size of my pinky drifts quietly in the shade. It’s hardly distinguishable from the sand below. But Marie-France Roy, a professional… Read More

Across the valley from the 18 Road trail system—home of the ultra-iconic Zippity Do Dah —is Kokopelli’s  Trail, another Fruita classic. Mary’s Loop is just a part of the loop, but the views of the Colorado River make it a standout, especially at sunset. Photo: Carl Zoch

“Life of Pie”: Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller Q&A

By Katie Klingsporn   |   Aug 15, 2019 August 15, 2019

In a fossil-rich corner of western Colorado, set against lush agricultural fields, the big-box stores of Grand Junction and the sandstone formations of the Colorado National Monument, you’ll find Fruita. These days, the town is an international mountain-biking destination known for its ribbony, high-desert trails, technical routes overlooking the Colorado… Read More

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