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Speaking Loudly for a Quiet Place in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Photo: Nate Ptacek
Speaking Loudly for a Quiet Place in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Emily Meg Weinstein

After a long day of travel through pristine lakes and dense forest, we make our main camp on Long Island Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I grew up in a different Long Island, the one outside New York City, a densely populated suburb where at night I lay on the blacktop of…

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World-Class Outdoor Recreation in the Pacific Northwest
Photo: Douglas Scott
World-Class Outdoor Recreation in the Pacific Northwest
Patagonia

World-Class Outdoor Recreation in the Pacific Northwest To protect a place, you have to know it. You have to explore it and love it. Just a two-three hour drive from Seattle, the Olympic Mountains tower over the Puget Sound. The Olympic Peninsula is an incredible place to explore with some of the largest trees on…

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Save the Chuitna: Watch the Trailer and Join the Fight Against Coal Mining on Salmon Streams
Save the Chuitna: Watch the Trailer and Join the Fight Against Coal Mining on Salmon Streams
Save the Chuitna: Watch the Trailer and Join the Fight Against Coal Mining on Salmon Streams
Paul Moinester

There is something intensely visceral and awe-inspiring about the Chuitna Watershed. Deep pools teeming with wild Pacific salmon pervade the vast landscape. Oversized tracks from grizzlies and moose are omnipresent, creating an eerie feeling as you navigate through fields of fireweed. And the spirit of the native Tyonek people, who have called this land home…

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The Dwindling Redwoods of Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
The Dwindling Redwoods of Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
The Dwindling Redwoods of Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Michael Kew

“EXPECT ANOTHER ROUND OF STORM-FORCE WINDS, WITH HURRICANE-FORCE GUSTS POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY IN THE VICINITY OF CAPE BLANCO. THIS WILL BE A VERY STRONG STORM. MARITIME AND COASTAL INTERESTS SHOULD TAKE ALL PRECAUTIONS NECESSARY TO PRESERVE LIFE AND PROPERTY.” By dawn, the damage was done—downed trees, flooding, thousands without power. The swell was huge and ripped…

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We the Power
We the Power
We the Power

The future of energy is community-owned.

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Next to the River
Next to the River
Next to the River
Molly Baker

For 16-year-old Bosnian Ali Sarajlić, living without the free-flowing Neretvica River is unimaginable. That’s why he has joined, and in many ways led, the continuing fight against damming it.

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Connecting Two Rivers: The Klamath and the Río Baker
Connecting Two Rivers: The Klamath and the Río Baker
Connecting Two Rivers: The Klamath and the Río Baker

At first glimpse, the Klamath River in the United States’ Pacific Northwest and the Río Baker in Chilean Patagonia, South America, seem to have nothing in common. Separated by more than 10,000 miles, their waters drain basins that are drastically different. One river begins in a sagebrush desert before weaving through rugged conifer-lined canyons; the…

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Everything Old Is New Again: Bristol Bay and the Pebble Mine
Photo: Ben Knight
Everything Old Is New Again: Bristol Bay and the Pebble Mine
Scott Hed

Back in 2006, Patagonia hosted a social event in its downtown Denver retail store in conjunction with the Fly Fishing Retailer trade show. At the event, a colleague and I addressed the attendees about an emerging threat to the world’s most productive wild salmon fishery in Bristol Bay. Later that evening, I met a young…

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There is Trump and There is the Truth
There is Trump and There is the Truth
There is Trump and There is the Truth
Corley Kenna

Yesterday, the president didn’t just reduce the boundaries of your public lands. He revoked two national monuments. No president has ever done that before. It is widely unpopular and unprecedented. It is also illegal, and Patagonia will be challenging his action in court. The president also lied. Here is a fact-check of his speech: TRUMP: And…

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The Point is Forever: Protecting the Legendary Punta de Lobos
Photo: Jason Murray
The Point is Forever: Protecting the Legendary Punta de Lobos
Patagonia

Punta de Lobos is awarded World Surfing Reserve status—an all too rare conservation success story.

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What’s Up in Białowieża Forest?
Poland’s Bialowieza Forest is one of the last old-growth forests in Europe. Photo: Janusz Korbel
What’s Up in Białowieża Forest?
Camp for the Forest

The year 2017 is a special one for the Białowieża. After over 20 years of campaigning for protection of this unique forest in Poland, with some small successes along the way, the situation has taken a dramatic turn. The last primeval forest of lowland Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage site, a captivating wilderness and home to…

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Giants Live Forever: Remembering BC Steelhead Conservationist Bruce Hill
Photo: Steve Perih
Giants Live Forever: Remembering BC Steelhead Conservationist Bruce Hill
Dylan Tomine

Through the years I’ve talked to Bruce Hill on the phone more times than I can count, often at odd hours, about subjects big and small. Recipes for teriyaki sauce and salmon caviar. Conservation campaign strategies. Guitar techniques. Family. Personal issues and challenges. For so many reasons it’s been a steady comfort in my life…

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Atlantic Salmon Net Pens Don’t Belong in Puget Sound
Photo: John Gussman
Atlantic Salmon Net Pens Don’t Belong in Puget Sound
Kurt Beardslee

Amidst all of the commotion, the subtle shift would have been easy to miss. Behind me in the waters off the coast of Washington’s Bainbridge Island, an armada of activists were blaring air horns and chanting, “Protect Our Sound!” This flotilla of commercial fishing vessels, recreational boats, kayaks, canoes, SUPs and even a jet ski…

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Ríos to Rivers: Dos Mundos Unidos Por La Gente de Los Ríos!
Ríos to Rivers: Dos Mundos Unidos Por La Gente de Los Ríos!
Ríos to Rivers: Dos Mundos Unidos Por La Gente de Los Ríos!

A primera vista, el río Klamath en el Pacífico Noroeste de los Estados Unidos y el Río Baker en la Patagonia chilena, América del Sur, parecen no tener ninguna conexión. Separados por más de 17.000 kilómetros de distancia, sus aguas drenan cuencas que son drásticamente diferentes. El primero, comienza en un desierto de artemisa para…

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A Fisherman Reflects on Global Warming
Photo: Bruce Kirkby
A Fisherman Reflects on Global Warming
Yvon Chouinard

I’m not a scientist. But I am a fisherman of more than 70 years, and I’ve seen firsthand that of the myriad threats facing cold-water fish all over the world, global warming is the most dire. Water all over the planet is heating up in response to climate change, and our cold-water fish are in…

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Do What You Love to Protect What You Love: Mile for Mile Campaign Surpasses Fundraising Goal
Photo: James Q Martin
Do What You Love to Protect What You Love: Mile for Mile Campaign Surpasses Fundraising Goal
Kristine McDivitt Tompkins

“Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul. ” – Edward Abbey Scale is a hard thing to get a handle on. We pour over maps to try to understand a landscape. Better yet, sometimes we get to fly over it, circling the valleys and mountains to get a real lay of the land.…

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An Open Letter to President Obama on America’s Bears and How You Can Help
An Open Letter to President Obama on America’s Bears and How You Can Help
An Open Letter to President Obama on America’s Bears and How You Can Help
Doug Peacock

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced plans in March to remove Endangered Species Act protections from the Yellowstone grizzly bear. Patagonia along with many other environmental NGOs and over 110,000 people have already voiced their opposition to delisting Yellowstone grizzly bears during the public comment period that ended May 10th. With grizzly bears still under threat, we…

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Save the Blue Heart of Europe: 23 Rivers, 6 Countries, 390 River Kilometers, 1 Purpose
Photo: Andrew Burr
Save the Blue Heart of Europe: 23 Rivers, 6 Countries, 390 River Kilometers, 1 Purpose
Hans Cole

“Jo diga ne Pocem! Jo diga ne Pocem!” The rallying cry repeated as anti-dam protestors, activists, kayakers and local people from the Vjosa River valley marched through the Albanian capital of Tirana on Friday, May 20th. Translation: “No dams in Pocem!” This protest, the final event of the 35-day Balkan Rivers Tour, marked the delivery…

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The Time is Now: Protect Bears Ears
Photo: Andrew Burr
The Time is Now: Protect Bears Ears
Kitty Calhoun

TAKE ACTION! Help protect Bears Ears in southeastern Utah. Ask President Obama to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to create the Bears Ears National Monument. Sign the petition In southeastern Utah, a battle has been brewing between conservationists, recreationalists and resource extractionists. The pressure on all sides has increased as the stakes grow higher.…

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“Real Life” Science with the Wild Fish Conservancy
Photo: Dylan Tomine
“Real Life” Science with the Wild Fish Conservancy
Dylan Tomine

Both of my kids love their science classes in school, and Skyla often mentions wanting to be a marine biologist when she grows up. So when the field biologists from the Wild Fish Conservancy invited us to participate in some beach-seine sampling, as part of their project to assess juvenile salmon habitat around Puget Sound, we jumped…

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Floating Through Nowhere on the Owyhee River
Photo: Jim Little
Floating Through Nowhere on the Owyhee River
Jim Little

Most people have never heard of the Owyhee Canyonlands, let alone pulled over to visit. On a map of Oregon, it’s that mostly blank expanse in the southeastern corner of the state near the Idaho/Nevada border—a place most would call nowhere. Rome, Burns and Jordan Valley are the nearest towns of any note. The Malheur…

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Paddle Power: The Rise of Kayaktivism
Photo: 350.org
Paddle Power: The Rise of Kayaktivism
Cameron Fenton

The house I grew up in was full of art from the Canadian Arctic. From soapstone carvings to caribou tufting and Ted Harrison paintings, my parents had brought it with them when they moved south from their home in Yellowknife on the northern shores of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories. But among all…

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Stop the Dams in Portugal
Photo: Platform Save the Tua
Stop the Dams in Portugal
Tony Butt

One of the most powerful scenes in Damnation is where a way of life going back over 15,000 years is suddenly brought to an end due to the construction of a dam. When the Dalles dam was built on the Columbia River it submerged Celilo Falls and took the salmon with it, forever changing the…

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Public Lands Are Our Material and Spiritual Inheritance
Photo: Andrew Burr
Public Lands Are Our Material and Spiritual Inheritance
Vincent Stanley

As Americans, regardless of our descent, we share as our greatest inheritance, both material and spiritual, the gift of our federal public lands. Most of us can readily name a piece of ground sacred to us as individuals that belongs to every soul in the country: Yosemite, the Everglades, Acadia, Hot Springs, Shenandoah, Yellowstone, the…

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Stop the Black Dragon
Photo: María Mariñas
Stop the Black Dragon
Tony Butt

About five minutes from where I live, there is a small village called Tapia de Casariego. The waves at Tapia are not world-class, but they can get very good on the right conditions. Tapia is also very significant in Spanish surfing history, being one of the birthplaces of surfing in this country. Most of the…

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Paving the Brooks Range
Photo: Nadine Lehner
Paving the Brooks Range
Nadine Lehner

“We were so hungry, we licked the margarine wrappers.” In the summer of 1975, my father and his two brothers loaded into an old truck and headed for Alaska, a fabled land for a teenage troupe of New England climbers. A mentor had shown them a faded photograph of the remote Arrigetch Peaks, in the…

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Protecting the Arctic Refuge is Non-Negotiable
Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Protecting the Arctic Refuge is Non-Negotiable
Bernadette Demientieff

I’ve recently returned from a whirlwind trip, visiting four states in the Southwest and then off to Washington, D.C. to participate in a week of action on behalf of the Gwich’in Nation, all in the name of protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and its fragile Coastal Plain, located in the northeast corner of Alaska.…

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Almost Two Decades Watching Wild Salmon from the Same Perch
Illustration: Cathy Eliot
Almost Two Decades Watching Wild Salmon from the Same Perch
Lee Spencer

As I wake, I become aware of the shovel-scraping-asphalt croak of a blue heron, or the brilliant complex cascading song of the winter wren, or the yammering calls of the kingfisher being chased by an accipiter. In the fall a flock of kinglets, moving through the trees and shrubs surrounding our camp, deliver their pure,…

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Why Minnesota Can’t Afford Mining Near the Boundary Waters
Photo: Adam Fetcher
Why Minnesota Can’t Afford Mining Near the Boundary Waters
Adam Fetcher

Patagonia has supported the work of Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness and the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters through grant funding, our employee environmental internship program, retail store events, product donations and an invitation to attend the 2015 Tools for Grassroots Activists Conference. You can read our past coverage on The Cleanest Line here and here. To learn…

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Bill McKibben and Our New Book: Patagonia Tools for Grassroots Activists
Bill McKibben and Our New Book: Patagonia Tools for Grassroots Activists
Bill McKibben and Our New Book: Patagonia Tools for Grassroots Activists
Patagonia

For over twenty years, Patagonia has organized a Tools Conference, where experts provide practical training to help make activists more effective. Now Patagonia has captured Tools’ best wisdom and advice into a book, Patagonia Tools for Grassroots Activists: Best Practices for Success in the Environmental Movement, creating a resource for any organization hoping to hone core…

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The Paris Project: COP21 concludes with historic climate treaty and a future full of questions
The Paris Project: COP21 concludes with historic climate treaty and a future full of questions
The Paris Project: COP21 concludes with historic climate treaty and a future full of questions
Ethan Stewart

This is the second installment from our man on the ground in Paris for the UN Conference on Climate Change, Santa Barbara Independent Editor-at-Large, Ethan Stewart. Catch up with part 1 if you missed it. Above: 350.org founder, Bill McKibben (glasses and Red Sox hat), joins an impromptu protest in Le Bourget towards the end of the…

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Save the Blue Heart of Europe: The Balkan Rivers story
Photo: Roland Dorozhani
Save the Blue Heart of Europe: The Balkan Rivers story
Ulrich Eichelmann

The Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe is known for its Mediterranean beaches, past wars, corruption, ethnic conflicts and, to insiders, Slivovitz and ćevapi—the plum schnapps and traditional minced-meat dish of the region. Stories about the area are plentiful, but I want to tell you a different story—a story about beauty, diversity and uniqueness, and an imminent…

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B Corps Unite to Bring Rooftop Solar to 1,500 Homes in Hawai’i
Photo: John Phaneuf
B Corps Unite to Bring Rooftop Solar to 1,500 Homes in Hawai’i
Patagonia

Led by Patagonia and Kinaʻole Capital Partners, LLC, a first-of-its-kind group of five certified B-Corporations have come together to create a $35 million tax equity fund that will make the benefits of solar power available to more than a thousand U.S. households. The new fund uses state and federal tax credits to direct Patagonia’s tax…

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Taking Bearings on Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting
Photo: Steven Gnam
Taking Bearings on Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting
Louisa Willcox

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced its plans to remove Endangered Species Act protections from the Yellowstone grizzly bear. Patagonia along with many other environmental NGOs and citizens are taking a stand against this ruling and demanding continued protections for this iconic population of grizzly bears in our Nation’s first National Park. Grizzly…

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New National Monuments Inspire Visitors and Bolster Communities
Photo: Bob Wick, BLM
New National Monuments Inspire Visitors and Bolster Communities
Rose Marcario

When I first moved to Los Angeles, my friends took me on a camping trip to Joshua Tree National Park. I had never been in a desert landscape and had no idea what to expect. I thought I’d find it boring. But I can only describe that first trip as a spiritual experience. I’d been meditating for years in some…

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Terry Tempest Williams and our New Book: Patagonia Tools for Grassroots Activists
Terry Tempest Williams and our New Book: Patagonia Tools for Grassroots Activists
Terry Tempest Williams and our New Book: Patagonia Tools for Grassroots Activists
Patagonia

For over twenty years, Patagonia has organized a Tools Conference, where experts provide practical training to help make activists more effective. Now Patagonia has captured Tools’ best wisdom and advice into a book, Patagonia Tools for Grassroots Activists: Best Practices for Success in the Environmental Movement, creating a resource for any organization hoping to hone core…

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