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Conservation news and analysis from The Nation
July 4, 2022
The Tricky Politics of Ecological Restoration
A conversation with Laura J. Martin about the Cold War origins of environmental management and her book
Wild by Design: The Rise of Ecological Restoration
September 1, 2021
How Do You Tell the Story of a Fire?
A conversation with reporter Lizzie Johnson about the aftermath of wildfires and the human cost of neglected infrastructure.
August 11, 2021
Seeing the Climate Crisis Through the Eyes of Henry Thoreau
“I walk toward one of our ponds,” Thoreau wrote in “Slavery in Massachusetts,” “but what signifies the beauty of nature when men are base?”
March 17, 2021
Awaiting a Second Spring, and the Growth of Living Things
On gardens, fellow feeling, and whether “we’re all in this together” shall transcend cliché, on the cusp of another surreal spring.
February 22, 2021
We Need a Civilian Conservation Corps
We need knowledgeable, passionate stewards of our public lands, but most people can’t afford to pursue a career in conservation. So let’s create the jobs.
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September 8, 2020
Letters From the September 21/28, 2020, Issue
Prey without predators… The costs of long-term care…
August 10, 2020
When Humans Make the Wilderness
How an unusual rewilding experiment turned into an ethical minefield.
June 2, 2020
Letters From the June 15/22, 2020, Issue
Don’t blame the Boasians… Tilting at windmills… Dark recesses… The road already taken… Submerging the valley…
May 28, 2020
Chevron Tightens the Screws on Steven Donziger
With the aid of two federal judges, the oil giant continues to torment an environmental lawyer.
April 21, 2020
The Extinction Crisis Devastating San Francisco Bay
The San Francisco Bay’s rich ecosystem is collapsing—and the region’s liberal leaders bear part of the blame.