RAJA AMPAT MARINE PARK, INDONESIA: The Heart of the Coral Triangle

A selection of photographs from one of the best scuba diving and snorkeling spots on the planet: Raja Ampat Marine Park in Indonesia. This is the beating heart of the Coral Triangle, a place of confluence for ocean currents rich in nutrients which attract hundreds of species of fish, whales, dolphins, and mantas, all among the largest diversity of corals.

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NEW ZEALAND'S TE ARAROA: Hiking to Connect Conservation

The Te Araroa, or “the long pathway” in Maori, is a 3000km trail that passes from the northern tip of the New Zealand’s North Island to the southern tip of the South Island. Rugged mountains, roaring rivers, temperate rainforests, windy grasslands and sandy coastlines are examples of the terrain one should expect to cross when hiking the Te Araroa.

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MAYA KA'AN: A Photo Essay of the Yucatán's Wildlife

The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the neighboring Maya Ka'an region more to the interior of the Yucatan Peninsula offer a different kind of tourism, compared to many of the populated coastlines. The photos below were taken during a week of visiting Maya Ka'an and the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. 

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FIJI’S INLAND PARADISE: River Rafting & Conservation

In 2000, a private rafting company, Rivers Fiji, succeeded in creating a partnership that led to the protection of 615 ha/1500 acres of Fijian native forest. This is an initiative that connects conservation, the outdoors, local communities, and biodiversity into one thrilling float down the stunning Upper Navua River.

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HOPE IN IBERÁ: A Rewilding Story (Part I)

Rewilding seems to be a meeting point between conservation and storytelling where magic things happen: people start listening. Not always, and not in the same way, but they do listen. An interview with  Ignacio Jiménez Pérez, the Conservation Director and Communications Coordinator of Conservation Land Trust (CLT) Argentina.

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GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE: After Two Decades of Conservation

We interviewed Noel Poe, President of the Board of Directors of Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, to learn from an advocate what the national monument means for conservation and for local communities. What we found was a story of success, hope and a lot of dedicated work. 

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ABOUT GOLD BUTTE NATIONAL MONUMENT: Photographs & Story

Gold Butte National Monument protects a landscape of intricate geology and history, where nature and humans have created true works of art. An interview with Jaina Moan, Executive Director of Friends of Gold Butte, and a photo essay capturing the beauty this landscape.

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UPPER MISSOURI RIVER BREAKS: Paddlers in a Historic Landscape

Before putting our canoe out from Coal Banks Landing, we had the chance to meet and interview Jim Greene and Martha Vogt, BLM volunteers and members of the Friends of the Missouri Breaks. Their love for this river inspired our trip.

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GOLD BUTTE NATIONAL MONUMENT: Conversations in the Desert

We had the chance to spend two days in the Gold Butte National Monument guided by Jim Boone, an expert in Nevada's outdoors and a member of the Board of Directors for Friends of Gold Butte. This is one the monuments listed to be reduced in size as recommended by Secretary Zinke. However, any area taken away from this outstanding national monument would be a great loss. 

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MOJAVE TRAILS NATIONAL MONUMENT: Photographs from California's Desert

Located in the southeastern corner of California, the Mojave Trails National Monument is an endless expanse of rugged, beautiful landscapes. At the core of its designation as a national monument lies the largest private land donation in the US history. 

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CASCADE-SISKIYOU NATIONAL MONUMENT: A Landmark for Biodiversity

An interview with Jeanine Moy, Outreach Director with KS Wild about the importance of USA's first and only national monument designated specifically because of its extraordinary ecology and biodiversity. This special place in Oregon is now on Secretary Zinke's list of recommendations to be reduced in size, despite strong local support. 

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THE WILDLANDS CONSERVANCY: Private Initiatives in the Sand to Snow & Mojave Trails National Monuments

The Wildlands Conservancy is an organization whose contributions have been instrumental to the creation of the Sand to Snow and the Mojave Trails National Monuments. We spoke with Jack Thompson, the Regional Director of their desert preserve, about the importance of the two national monuments and the work of The Wildlands Conservancy.

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ORGAN MOUNTAINS - DESERT PEAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT: A Local Perspective

Designated in 2014 and covering ~500,000 acres, the Organ Mountains - Desert Peaks National Monument appeared to rank high on the list of contenders that could be scaled back by the presidential administration. Interview with David Crider, owner of Southwest Expeditions. 

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BASIN AND RANGE NATIONAL MONUMENT: Protecting Nevada's Wild Valleys

"When you go to Basin and Range you have to think about that notion of sitting on a beach and looking out at the ocean (...) it’s that same kind of serene feeling, similar to sitting on the prairie and looking at its vastness."  Interview with Jim Boone, coordinator of efforts to create a local support group for the new national monument. 

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CARRIZO PLAIN NATIONAL MONUMENT - California's Largest Intact Grassland

Carrizo Plain National Monument is the largest remaining native grassland in the state of California, and though technically not part of the Central Valley (there’s a small mountain range that divides them), the ecosystem within the monument is very similar to that which made up most of the Central Valley prior to it being converted to agriculture. We had the opportunity to speak to both Neil Havlik and Steph Wald with the Carrizo Plain Conservancy, which is currently actively trying to increase the monument’s size.

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