Posts tagged conservation
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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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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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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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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CARRIZO PLAIN NATIONAL MONUMENT: In Photos

Tucked between the Caliente Range and the Temblor Range lies a unique ecosystem. Most of California's San Joaquin Valley's grasslands have been converted to industrial, agricultural, or urban use - but the Carrizo Plain National Monument is a safe haven for grasses and wildflowers, harboring unique species and bringing visitors from around the world during years when the conditions are just right to cause an explosion of color during the occasional super bloom. In fact, it is the largest single native grassland remaining in California.

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BERRYESSA SNOW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL MONUMENT: California's Great Unknown

Stretching across seven counties, the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument is an incredibly diverse conservation land in northern California. Despite its beauty, we found that it remains mostly unknown among locals and visitors to the region alike. 

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HANFORD REACH NATIONAL MONUMENT: Rare Grasslands on the Columbia River

We loved this national monument because it defies our standards of beauty, which define what we consider important to protect. It’s also a testimony to the resilience of nature on a 196,000 acres piece of land, surrounded by ecological disaster and extensive agriculture.

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UPPER MISSOURI RIVER BREAKS: A Monument We Should All See

Floating down the Upper Missouri River is like entering one of those paintings you often see of the west from the 1800s: dry rugged hillsides, with a lush riparian valley filled with wildlife that drink from and depend upon the life-giving waters of the Missouri River. 

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IN CANCUN’S BACKYARD: Discovering Maya Ka’an (Part II)

The protection of nature is intricately connected with the protection of the Mayan identities within the authentic Maya Ka’an destination. With shared ownership rights over the land and jungles, the village cooperatives are aware of the power that their decisions have in dictating the faith of the natural ecosystems

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IN CANCUN’S BACKYARD: Discovering Maya Ka’an (Part I)

"They should head to Maya Ka’an if they want to be off the beaten path and help conservation efforts, while getting in contact with the Mayan communities." An interview with Gonzalo Merediz Alonso, Executive Director of Amigos de Sian Ka'an, about an incredible destination away from the Mayan Riviera's crowds. 

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WHERE THE OCEAN AND THE FOREST MEET: The Valdivian Coastal Reserve

On a land destined to be logged, some of the most pristine valdivian temperate forests are now protected by this Nature Conservancy reserve. With its rugged coasts, ancient trees, impressive sand dunes, and local culture, it is a beautiful place to explore. Interview with Liliana Pezoa, administrator of the reserve. 

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