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Guardian of the Gila

PERCHED IN A STEEL LOOKOUT tower on Mogollon Baldy, Sara Irving has kept eyes on the Gila Wilderness for 42 summers. A hike along the Continental Divide Trail in 1980 prompted her to apply for a…

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Find These Birds in the Gila

LOCATED AT THE NORTHERNMOST end of some birds’ range and the southernmost of others, the Gila Wilderness climbs from cactus-filled desert to steep, pine-covered peaks. Those features, combined with…

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The Gila Wilderness At 100

LESS THAN FIVE MILES into the nation’s first designated wilderness area, I scan the muddy banks of New Mexico’s last free-flowing river for animal tracks, wondering who else is here. Low sunlight…

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Unleashing the Blanchard Beast

IT’S AS IF THE EARTH IS CALMLY GIVING BIRTH HERE, high atop a wind-chewed mountain on the eastern edge of the Río Grande geological rift, while mineral field collectors Bradley Culebro and Michael…

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Protecting the Caja del Rio

AS HE WALKS ALONG A DARK BASALT mesa rimmed with piñon and juniper woodlands, Joseph Brophy Toledo, a member of the Pueblo of Jemez, browses a generous landscape. Juniper berries supply antioxidants…

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