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Rabbit Island

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Untouched island on Lake Superior to become remote artist residency

Rabbit Island is a 90 acre forested island on Lake Superior, the largest body of fresh water in the world. Last year, Rob Gorski and Andrew Ranville bought it off of Craigslist (!). Their goal: To build an Artist Residency where the only distractions are lapping waves and open sky. To that end the pair ran a Kickstarter to fund the project. With some quality gear from......read more

Nature, the Great Equalizer

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We may be broke, but we have our wilderness -- for now

With the U.S. economy experiencing its worst downturn since the Great Depression, these will go down as dark days in American history. But, argues Nicholas Kristof in an NYT op-ed this week, there is one thing we can feel good about: nature. Our national parks and forests don't contribute in GDP, but their value is immeasurable. But they need our help, now more than ever.......read more

The Unnatural Kingdom

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If Technology Helps Us Save The Wilderness, Will The Wilderness Still Be Wild?

IF you ever have the good fortune to see a Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, the experience might go like this: On a sunny morning in Yosemite National Park, you walk through alpine meadows and then up a ridge to the summit of Mount Gibbs at 12,764 feet above sea level. You unwrap a chocolate bar amid breathtaking views of mountain and desert and then you notice movement below. Binoculars reveal......read more

The Wilderness Act's Midlife Crisis

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As we approach the legislation's 50th birthday, it's time to rethink the wild

In September 1964, Congress passed the Wilderness Act, which created a national system of protected natural areas. As environmental legislation goes, it is uncompromising. The definition of wilderness provided by the act is "an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” But today, in the face of climate......read more

Celebrating the Great Laws of '64

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Fifty years of justice and compassion

William deBuys for TomDispatch.com: The Wilderness Act turns 50 Let us now praise famous laws and the year that begat them: 1964. The first thing to know about 1964 was that, although it occurred in the 1960s, it wasn’t part of “the Sixties.” The bellbottoms, flower power, LSD, and craziness came later, beginning about 1967 and extending into the early 1970s. Trust me: I was......read more

Out in Nature with David Boyson Cooper

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Scottish photographer escapes the city to capture candid moments in the wilderness

David Boyson Cooper comes from the Shetland Islands, off of Scotland's north coast, a place that's chalk full of majestic landscapes (think craggy mountains and snow-covered plains wrapped in clouds). Now living in Glasgow, David regularly escapes the city to wilder areas like the ones where he spent his childhood. Joining him on these forays into nature are his friends and his camera, which he......read more

Robert Glenn Ketchum: Southwest Alaska

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Threatened wilderness photographed by world-renowned conservationist

For 40-odd years, Robert Glenn Ketchum has lent his considerable photographic talents to the cause of environmental conservation in America.  From California’s Big Sur coastline to the Hudson River Valley, Ohio’s Cuyahoga River Valley to Laguna San Ignacio in Baja California, Ketchum's images of threatened landscapes cover every corner of the country. He is a Founding Fellow of......read more

Mark Wickens Snaps Sweet Wilderness Pics

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Photos shot in NorCal convey the ethereal beauty of the outdoors.

Born in London, England, Mark Wickens lived in New York and New Orleans before settling to San Francisco, where he currently spends his days working as an architect. On the weekend, when he feels inspired, he packs up his camera and heads for the Great Outdoors to shoot photos.  "Usually, I’ll head out into the wilderness and see how things develop," he says. "Here in Northern......read more

Maine Island Wilderness Retreat

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Off the grid, in style.

This 550 square-foot cabin sits on a tiny parcel of land on a remote Maine island. Designed by Alex Scott Porter, the getaway is entirely off-the-grid. In the architect's words: This three-season retreat house is situated on the outermost inhabited island in Maine. The island has no roads, stores, electricity, water service, year-round inhabitants or ferry service – no grid. The house ......read more

Down to Earth

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Stone Creek Camp by Andersson Wise Architects: A green-roofed getaway in the Montana wilderness.

Long before sustainable design hit the mainstream, Austin-based architects Andersson Wise earned a reputation for creating low footprint buildings that borrow design cues — and materials — from the sites on which they're built. Stone Creek Camp, a rustic wilderness retreat on the picturesque shores of Montana's Flathead Lake, is a case in point. The central building on the property,......read more

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