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Wilderness: As it Was in the Beginning

When President Lyndon Johnson signed The Wilderness Act into law September 3, 1964, he stated: “If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.” Text and Photography by iLCP Fellow Krista Schlyer.

Bombs, Bulls-eyes and a New National Monument

What does a WWII pilot riding in a Beechcraft Bonanza, massive bullseye targets in the desert, and a presidential order have in common? They’re all part of the newly established Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico.

The Bosque of the Rio Grande, a Gem to Protect

September’s record-breaking rainfall and floods brought tragic loss of life and property to parts of Colorado and New Mexico.  The devastation has been hard to fathom. But for a river like the Rio Grande, which has suffered through years of drought, the floods produced a welcome reunion in parts of New Mexico: the river once…

4 Costly Myths About World Heritage

As the 40th anniversary year of the World Heritage Convention draws to a close, many Americans remain oddly estranged from the program that could be proudly labelled “Made in the U.S.A.” That costs jobs.

The Beauty and Meaning of an Ancient Art Form

As indigenous filmmakers and artists from around the world gather for the 2011 All Roads Film Festival, a Native American potter invites you to discover the ancient techniques, rich symbolism, and deep spirituality of her art form.

Fire and Rain: The One-Two Punch of Flooding After Blazes

The great balls of fire that leapt from treetop to treetop in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico earlier this summer, threatening the town of Los Alamos and a federal nuclear research laboratory, were apocalyptic enough.  They left behind a scorched landscape of dead trees, charred woods and blackened earth.  From June 26 until…