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...

Roger Kaye

Don’t Tell a Soul

Cave lovers worry that sharing their passion might just kill it.

Spencer Fleury

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...

Annie Leonard

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 ...

Craig Childs

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

Chris Clarke

The Power of Storytelling

Sacred Land Film Project

Christopher McLeod

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...


Barefoot Biologist

Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island
By Will Harlan
Grove Press, 2014, 307 Pages

Maureen Nandini Mitra

Ending America’s War on Wildlife

Project Coyote

Camilla Fox

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 Alaska...

Brooke Williams

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...

Chelsea Griffie

Meet the 15th Annual Brower Youth Award Winners

New Leaders Initiative


A Buffalo Soldier Speaks

“Mountains and Forests Rise Within Us”

Shelton Johnson

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...

George Wuerthner

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 ...

Jason Mark

A New Geography of Hope

In a warming world we’ll discover that wilderness continues to sustain us.

Kathleen Dean Moore

The Night Sky: A Wilderness Obscured

photo: © Joe LeFevre / NBP/ Wilderness We guard our homes and cities with light – first fires, then candles, then whale oil lamps, then Edison’s incandescent bulbs, and now (if you’re feeling g...

Doug Scott

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...

Jason Mark

Letters and Emails

Investigation vs. SuperstitionTell us what you 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.

Michael Brune

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...

Mark Dowie

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.

Jason Mark

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...

Tom Levitt

In Praise of a Place

A Letter from the Yaak Valley

Rick Bass