Nature

Meet the Toxic Time Bombs Hidden in the High Country

The sudden spill on August 6 from Colorado's Gold King mine turned the Animas River a sickly shade of orange, prompted emergency declarations in two states, and garnered front-page headlines...

Welcome to the Quietest Square Inch in the U.S.

Reaching the quietest square inch of land in the U.S. is literally a walk in the park. Well, a rainforest, to be precise. To find it, you hike along the Hoh River in the heart of Olympic...

Will California’s Drought End the Joshua Tree?

Jason Bruecks has taken hundreds of hikes in his life, but one in particular stands out: his first full moon hike through Joshua Tree National Park.“I can still see it now—the...

Nicaragua's Bizarre Plan to Bury the Panama Canal

Icacal Beach, two and a half miles of undulating volcanic sand on Nicaragua’s southern Pacific coast, is the kind of place that gringos dream about during the winter drear. The Punta Brito...

Are Helicopters the Future of Conservation?

“See those olive trees?” John Knapp asks me on a recent visit to Santa Cruz Island, off the coast of southern California. “They’re invasive. Wanna go in for a closer look...

When Prescribed Burns Go Wrong

Tom Scanlan’s house burned down on an early spring afternoon in March 2012. Just days before, the Colorado State Forest Service had set fire to the dangerously overgrown forest near the...

The Piscivore's Dilemma

I contemplated the simple sandwich on the plate in front of me: a beautiful slab of glistening rainbow trout, crisp lettuce, and a freshly baked French roll. The trout skin was lightly seared...

My Dad Tried to Kill Me with an Alligator

In the summer of 1987, my father tried to murder me with an alligator. He was always doing fun stuff like that, to see if we would die. Sometimes, he tried to murder us with other...

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