Fossil Springs Wilderness Area in central Arizona, designated along with West Clear Creek and 37 other areas in response to the Forest Service’s RARE II process in 1984, also protects a rare perennial stream and riparian area that supports crucial biodiversity. Like West Clear Creek, the canyon walls define its boundaries. Visitors can almost always see out or across the wilderness area. In some places, the view includes roads and power lines. Photo by author.

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act: Embracing the spirit of Wilderness in the Twenty-First Century

By Cody Ferguson Fossil Springs Wilderness Area in central Arizona, designated along with West Clear Creek and 37 other areas in response to the Forest Service’s RARE II process in 1984, also protects a rare perennial stream and riparian area that supports crucial biodiversity. Like West Clear Creek, the canyon walls define its boundaries. Visitors can…

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Where the Buffalo (May) Roam

[This blog is crossposted at http://uwpressblog.com/] The Department of the Interior recently issued a plan to reintroduce free-roaming bison across the Intermountain West and Great Plains. This news came with praise from advocates of wild bison and sharp criticism from ranchers who view buffalo and the diseases they can carry as threats to their livelihoods. Here,…

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Celebrating Yosemite Part 7 – The First Ascent of El Capitan and the Question of Appropriate Recreation

At 6:00 a.m. on November 12, 1958, after climbing through the night, Warren Harding, Wayne Merry, and George Whitmore pulled themselves over the edge of El Capitan, completing a 45-day siege of the granite wall overlooking the Yosemite Valley. The highly publicized first ascent of the three-thousand-foot “Nose” provided the first real challenge to the…