The Forest Service Is Using Wild Mustangs Trained by Inmates

The Forest Service Is Using Wild Mustangs Trained by Inmates

Enter the wild mustangs. For more than a decade, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has worked with inmates in the Nevada Department of Corrections to train these horses for adoption. This spring, managers of Hells Canyon and Eagle Cap Wilderness areas approached the BLM about using the mustangs on their trail crew. (The Wild Horse and Burro Act allows for exchange of horses between federal agencies.) Last spring, 11 mustangs joined the Eagle Cap Ranger District herd.

The Winners of The World’s Best Photo Contest

The Winners of The World’s Best Photo Contest

The Red Bull Illume photo contest, now in its 10th year, highlights the best images and photographers in the outdoor adventure world. Fifty-three premier photo editors whittle down almost 35,000 images into 55 finalists. Those images are separated into 11 categories, with a winner in each, plus a grand prize winner. Tens of thousands of dollars in gear await the winners, in addition to bragging rights from one of the most prestigious photo contests on earth. Here a preview of some of the incredible work.

At Camp with the Standing Rock Pipeline Protesters

At Camp with the Standing Rock Pipeline Protesters

When I arrived, I realized there are two major stories unfolding here on the windswept prairie of North Dakota. One of them, the one that has drawn the most media attention, plays out in rallies and hashtags, Facebook Live streams, and confrontations with pipeline security workers. The other is more difficult to see unless you visit the camp itself, where old friends and long estranged tribes have reunited, and people share songs, prayers, and stories as they articulate a future in which tribal lands are no longer national sacrifice zones and the zero-sum logic of industry is not taken for granted.

Mountain Bike Photography’s Toughest Challenge

Mountain Bike Photography’s Toughest Challenge

The Deep Summer Photo Challenge at Crankworx Whistler, which is the largest mountain biking festival in the world, is one of the most respected and grueling tests for photographers. Five industry-leading shooters are invited to the event, along with one wildcard contestant, to prove their photographic and mental strength for 72 hours of intense work and sleepless nights. Ultimately they edit together a three-to-five-minute slideshow viewed and judged at Whistler’s Olympic Plaza. Squamish-based photographer Ben Haggar was one of the top five selected for the 2016 contest. We caught up with him to learn more about the nonstop days and what he captured.

Portraits of the Appalachian Trail

Portraits of the Appalachian Trail

This spring, Virginia-based photographers Chet Strange and Parker Michels-Boyce set up a photo booth at Mile 806 of the Appalachian Trail. Using a classic studio backdrop, they captured dozens of northbound thru-hikers as they made their way toward Cold Mountain in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Strange and Michels-Boyce aimed to capture the variety of folks and personalities tackling one of America’s great trails. Here are 13 of our favorites.

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