Kevin 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….
This week, the work of our 26th Featured Wilderness Thinker, Irene Owsley, takes us to the far north, to remote Alaskan Wilderness that many of us dream of witnessing with our own eyes. Irene’s magnificent panoramic photographs are a close second. They make you feel like you are almost there with her, as she explores these beautiful places as an artist in residence with two Forest Service Rangers. And it’s not just me who thinks her work is amazing. Her piece “Glacial stream” was one of thirteen finalists chosen from over 5,000 entries for the Smithsonian’s 50th anniversary “Wilderness Forever” exhibition, at the National Museum of Natural History. Without further, ado enjoy Irene’s beautiful work and her insightful description of her experiences as a Voices of the Wilderness Artist in Residence: Read More…..
This week’s Wilderness Thinker in Residence, Teri Shore, a Sierra Club backpack leader, writer and journalist living in Sonoma, California, shares reflections and inspiration from what she calls “The Wilderness ‘Woodstock’” – the Wilderness 50 National Conference convened in October, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She feels it “was as pivotal a gathering to the wilderness movement as the rock concert was to the sixties.” For all of us who couldn’t make it, we’re happy to share in Teri’s insightful overview .
First published in the Green Fire Times in late 2014, we hope you’ll enjoy Teri’s article, updated for the Thinking Wilderness project, with links to featured speakers and audio from the conference, her beautiful photographs taken during the Sandia Wilderness Hike as well as a description of Teri’s own personal Wilderness 50 challenge: a solo through-hike of the 211-mile The John Muir Trail. Read more…
Cindy Brown is the hiking columnist for The Taos News, the author of “Lessons from Nature in healing, strength and flexibility” and she works with girls and women encouraging confidence in the outdoors. According to Cindy, “The wilderness has the ability to wake us up and activate the sensations of the body, not just the mind.” Her featured piece is, “Feeling Wilderness.” Read more….
“For Thousands of years, the North American West has lived and evolved with fire as an essential part of the natural environment. Fire has spread with low intensity across the land, recycling nutrients and refreshing the landscape.
In 1910, after the “Big Burn”, which burned an area the size of Connecticut in 36 hours, humans declared war on fire. Now we are realizing that complete fire suppression has left us with unhealthy and overgrown forests…and people continuing to build homes further and further into the wilderness, what we call the “WUI” (Wildland, Urban Interface).”