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48th Featured Thinker: Sarah Sexton

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This week’s Featured Thinker, Sarah Sexton, artist and teacher from Ireland, explores the concept of wilderness through her fascination with abandoned spaces.  She says, “I regularly ‘escape’ into little pockets of wilderness when I engage in my art practice.” Join Sarah on her search via beautiful photographs of small, wild, tucked away places and abandoned spaces where nature and “wildness” is reclaiming ownership. Read more….

34th Featured Thinker: John Bailey

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This week’s featured thinker is  John Bailey, BLM manager of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. As Senators Udall and Heinrich introduce a bill to protect special areas as wilderness within the northern New Mexico national monument it seemed timely to feature John’s presentation from the Thinking Wilderness Pecha Kucha event in partnership with Pecha Kucha Taos.  Read more……

33rd Featured Thinker: Nan Shepherd

View over Northern part of the Lairig Ghru. Image: Nigel Brown, 1996 Geograph.org.uk

View over Northern part of the Lairig Ghru. Image: Nigel Brown, 1996 Geograph.org.uk

This week’s feature takes a slightly different format as we wanted to introduce you to a wilderness thinker we have selected in memoriam, Nan Shepherd (1893 – 1981). We introduce her work, The Living Mountain, through a re-reading and link to a radio broadcast by Robert Macfarlane, an english scholar who writes about landscape, place, travel and nature. The broadcast  includes extracts from Shepherd’s work alongside Robert Macfarlane’s narration of his ‘poetic pilgrimage’ to her beloved Cairngorms. Read more……

31st Featured Thinker: Phil Hanceford

Grand Staircase, Escalente Utah. Image: Phil Hanceford, 2008

Grand Staircase, Escalente National Monument, Utah. Image: Phil Hanceford, 2008

Phil Hanceford is the Assistant Director, of The Wilderness Society’s BLM Action Center and uses  his knowledge of natural resource law and policy to protect desert wildlands in the West stewarded by the Bureau of Land Management. This article co-written with his colleague, Nada Culver, senior counsel and director presents the BLM’s work to protect desert wilderness.

Illustrated with Phil’s beautiful images, the article relates the ‘coming-of-age story about an agency that was late to receive the responsibilities of its sibling agencies’.

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30th Featured Thinker: Eleanor O’Hanlon

Sea ice in the Chukchi Sea, north of Bering Strait, March 18 2015. (Image:Marine Live-ice Automobile Expedition (MLAE).

Sea ice in the Chukchi Sea, north of Bering Strait, March 18 2015. (Image:Marine Live-ice Automobile Expedition (MLAE).

Writer and conservationist, Eleanor O’Hanlon, grew up in the rainy temperate climate of the West of Ireland and has has worked in conservation since the 1980’s, working for Greenpeace International, Environmental Investigation Agency and ITV’s Discovery channel. Winner of the 2014 Nautilus Gold Book Award for Nature Writing, with Eyes of the Wild, Eleanor re-visits her 2008 trip to Spitsbergen (Svalbard Archipelago)  updated with with images and information from the Marine Live-ice Automobile Expedition (MLAE), March 2015.

We hope you enjoy Eleanor’s timely and sensitive piece, her work, guided by biologists and other observers is illustrated with beautiful images, reconnecting us and renewing our longstanding relationship with the natural world.

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29th Featured Thinker: Tara Baoth Mooney

Image: Destroyed Forest  and Moss Headpiece, Patrick Heneghan, 2011

Artist and designer, Tara Baoth Mooney investigates the idea of sustainability and its transcendence through many different forms, particularly the boundaries of human experience. Tara returns constantly to the theme of garments as a form of outer cladding and what that can mean to humanity on a daily basis. Through clothing, personal systems of identity are forged which have been constructed with deliberation and care. External cladding or garments, can act as an interface between individuals and their immediate environment, promoting reflection and encouraging communication.

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28th Featured Thinker: Kevin Lehto

KevinFeature2Kevin Lehto is Assistant Recreation Ranger for the Forest Service in the Carson National Forest, Questa District. Based on 20 years with the Forest Service and his life-long love of the outdoors,  Kevin mulls over his own reflections on Wilderness, protection and “management”. He skillfully delves into these large topic areas through a series of related evocative questions and answers. Read more….