conservation

Photo Essay: An Inventory of Loss on the Los Angeles River by Bear Guerra

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"These images represent the erasure of incredible diversity and beauty from the collective memory of Angelenos. But they also hint at a possible future for the city, which is currently debating a river revitalization effort. Though the river will never again flow in its natural state, some habitat restoration may allow for the return of animals that have sought refuge elsewhere. Given the city’s history of putting development before preservation, it remains to be seen what direction revitalization will take. But if we can remember what was lost, then certainly we can imagine what might be again."

Bear's latest, over at High Country News.

New Story: Ecuador's Rocket Frog by Bear Guerra

Our latest collaboration is a story for Virginia Quarterly Review, about a small uncharismatic frog that was once believed to be extinct but then was later rediscovered. It's a story about how people in Ecuador mobilized to make sure he wouldn't disappear once again; an unlikely tale of conservation in an age of mass extinctions.

Read the story and see the photo essay here.

The Indigenous People Beyond Panama's Tourist Paradise by Bear Guerra

"A lot more has changed here since Marcos grew up in Guna Yala. The indigenous territory is now a top ecotourism destination, drawing an estimated 100,000 tourists a year from all over the world. Its beautiful beaches, laid-back accommodations, and local traditions and crafts are only an hour's flight from Panama City. Ten-seater commuter planes take off every morning from the gray concrete of the capital, past land cleared for grazing and agriculture, until all you can see from your small window are seas of green — the tall canopies of one of the best preserved tropical forests in Central America."

Our latest travel piece for Mashable can be read here.

Between the Forest and the Sea, Part 2 by Bear Guerra

The second multimedia slideshow from our Guna (or Kuna) Yala files: We follow Andrés de León and the Yarsuisuit collective, a group of men who grow and harvest food sustainably in the Guna mainland forest. Thanks in part to their exceptional sovereignty and land tenure, the Guna have preserved their primary forests for hundreds of years through their cooperative use of the land and their cultural and spiritual traditions rooted in conservation. This series was made possible by a grant from Mongabay.com.

Watch the slideshow here.