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Andrew Burr
Sew-cial Distancing
Sew-cial Distancing
Sew-cial Distancing
Patagonia

Making face masks in the time of COVID-19: when “breathable face fabric” takes on a whole new meaning.

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The Ancient Tree Hunter
The Ancient Tree Hunter
The Ancient Tree Hunter
Jayme Moye

As the old-growth logging crisis heats up in Canada, a photographer goes searching for trees to save them.

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A Quest for Nature
A Quest for Nature
A Quest for Nature
Esha Chhabra

Ashe and Christin Brown are parents to their 3-year-old daughter, Quest, whom they want to raise with an appreciation for the diversity of the natural world.

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Blood Memory
Blood Memory
Blood Memory
Jake Young

What if we could pass our love of a certain place through generations?

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Jerry’s Wisdom
Jerry’s Wisdom
Jerry’s Wisdom
Caroline Gleich

Caroline Gleich grapples with the fears that come with an aging parent and the pressure she feels to have a child before her dad is gone.

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Mommy, Where Do Clothes Come From?
Mommy, Where Do Clothes Come From?
Mommy, Where Do Clothes Come From?
Allison Gibson

Nearly every Wednesday, Courtney Reynolds can be found elbow-deep in a bin of someone else’s castoffs, searching for scraps of fabric and colorful quilts to deconstruct and sew into original clothing items for her three preschool-age kids, or to sell in her online shop, Napkin Apocalypse.

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Four Fifths a Grizzly
Four Fifths a Grizzly
Four Fifths a Grizzly
Doug Chadwick

A book excerpt about how the microbes within us and the genes we share with other wild creatures are key dimensions of being human. Editor’s note: Prolific author and National Geographic magazine writer Doug Chadwick takes a fresh look at humans’ place in the natural world in his book, Four Fifths a Grizzly. In his…

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The Nautical Farmers
The Nautical Farmers
The Nautical Farmers
Erin Grace Scottberg

One young couple’s unexpected career path of farming sea vegetables drew them back to their roots and brought a promising climate-change solution to their coastal hometown.

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The Flight of the Farmer
The Flight of the Farmer
The Flight of the Farmer

As the proprietor of Cold Antler Farm, a 6.5-acre span of land in Washington County, New York, Jenna Woginrich spends her days with red-tailed hawks.

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Fire Sheep
Fire Sheep
Fire Sheep
Esha Chhabra

Sheep (and their poop) could help California’s climate-driven wildfires. One couple is ushering in this idea with a small flock and some supportive fire departments.

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The Return of a Surf Classic
The Return of a Surf Classic
The Return of a Surf Classic
Kim McCoy & Willard Newell Bascom

Coauthor Kim McCoy recounts discovering the mystery of what lies beneath the waves, where ocean and land meet and compete.

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The Dread Pirate Andy
The Dread Pirate Andy
The Dread Pirate Andy
Sakeus Bankson

Genetics is a powerful thing.

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Rewriting the Myth of the West
Rewriting the Myth of the West
Rewriting the Myth of the West
Jade Begay & Patrice Ringelstein

Two women, Black and Indigenous, reflect on the myth of the American West after horse-packing through the Sierra.

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Whitmore’s Legacy
Whitmore’s Legacy
Whitmore’s Legacy
John Long

Remembering the climber and conservationist.

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Everyone’s Wildness
Everyone’s Wildness
Everyone’s Wildness
J. Drew Lanham

A wildlife ecologist reflects on the public lands that are his escape hatch and life’s work.

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Bodies of Water
Bodies of Water
Bodies of Water
Bonnie Tsui

When a swimmer first knew she belonged.

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Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog
Bonnie Tsui

A skiing family’s shear joy.

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She’s Taking Out the Trash
She’s Taking Out the Trash
She’s Taking Out the Trash
Andrew O’Reilly

One woman’s decades-long fight for clean air and environmental justice.

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Low Water, Loose Stone
Low Water, Loose Stone
Low Water, Loose Stone
Thorpe Moeckel

Traveling by canoe in a desert miles from nowhere.

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Why We Sit in Trees
Why We Sit in Trees
Why We Sit in Trees
Robert Moor

Roping up for a global protest.

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Capture a Patagoniac
Capture a Patagoniac
Capture a Patagoniac
Jennifer Ridgeway

How we found our photographic style.

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The Story of Fleece
The Story of Fleece
The Story of Fleece
Rachel G. Clark

A tale of tinkering.

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What Comes Down Must Go Up
What Comes Down Must Go Up
What Comes Down Must Go Up
Johnie Gall

Melinda Daniels is huddled under the shelter of her purple tent waiting for the rain to start, which only seems odd when you consider the context: she’s in the middle of a farm on a blindingly sunny day.

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The Guide of the Marshes
The Guide of the Marshes
The Guide of the Marshes
Beth Wald

Returning endangered species to the wetlands of Argentina is good for humans, too.

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Heating With a Match
Heating With a Match
Heating With a Match
Sue Halpern

Building a house to withstand winter.

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Rebels in the Dirt
Rebels in the Dirt
Rebels in the Dirt
Johnie Gall

Young farmers learn what it means to do essential work during a global crisis.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Living in a Van on the Road with Kids
Frequently Asked Questions: Living in a Van on the Road with Kids
Frequently Asked Questions: Living in a Van on the Road with Kids
Lydia Zamorano

Three moms share the details.

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Adventures in Motherhood
Adventures in Motherhood
Adventures in Motherhood
Jasmin Caton

Jasmin Caton worried having twins might slow down her life in the mountains. Then she remembered what her parents did with her.

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Free Baby Returned
Free Baby Returned
Free Baby Returned
Bonnie Tsui

Guri Bigham has been a free spirit from an early age.

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The Migration of Songs: Thoughts from a Birder
Photo: Håkan Stenlund
The Migration of Songs: Thoughts from a Birder
Håkan Stenlund

Welcoming Back the ‘Welcoming Noise’ Near the Arctic Circle

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The Art of Loss: How Zaria Forman Draws Stunningly Realistic Polar Ice
The Art of Loss: How Zaria Forman Draws Stunningly Realistic Polar Ice
The Art of Loss: How Zaria Forman Draws Stunningly Realistic Polar Ice
Meaghen Brown

It’s fascinating to hear Zaria Forman talk about ice, especially the way that it sounds. She describes the way it rumbles and thunders and cracks, even when you can’t see anything. It crackles and pops like breakfast cereal on high volume. “Ice crispies,” she calls it. “It’s a really beautiful sound.” Polar ice is possibly…

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Listen to “Fistful of Hearts” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Fistful of Hearts” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Fistful of Hearts” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

“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 John Flynn. After John lost…

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Sawdust Is My Glitter: The Story of Blind Craftsman John Furniss
Sawdust Is My Glitter: The Story of Blind Craftsman John Furniss
Sawdust Is My Glitter: The Story of Blind Craftsman John Furniss
Jeff McElroy

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, measures and marks. A flick…

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

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 River and funky downtown where…

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What a Road Trip Breakdown Has to Do with Mars
What a Road Trip Breakdown Has to Do with Mars
What a Road Trip Breakdown Has to Do with Mars
Bonnie Tsui

Rule #1 of a road trip: Vehicle may break down. Rule #2 of a road trip: You may break down along with it. Near the Ruby Mountains in Nevada, Gordon and Meredith Wiltsie were struggling with wrenches and wire after the muffler came loose on their old International Travelall. As their 4-year-old son, Nick, whacked at…

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The Long, Happy March of Barefoot Dave
The Long, Happy March of Barefoot Dave
The Long, Happy March of Barefoot Dave
Doug Chadwick

Dave Murray lives in a wooded mountain valley in western Montana with his wife, Connie; a labradoodle rightly named Loki, after the Norse god of mischief; and a bunch of mules. I live 140 miles north near Glacier National Park. He and I met on a float trip down a wild river in northern British…

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