Rural America

After Ida, This Louisiana Tribe Is Organizing Its Own Recovery
Armed with agricultural knowledge and mutual aid networks, the Houma people aren't waiting on the government to rescue them.
Joseph Bullington
The Curious Case of Carter County: How a Small Town in Montana Stopped Shrinking
On the Great Plains, these days, rural towns tend to wither. But in remote eastern Montana, one community is bucking that trend. How?
Eric Dietrich
When Conservation Means Fencing Out Black Farmers
In southern Illinois, conservation groups see a chance to protect rare oak savannas. Black farmers and hunters see their way of life being bought out from under them.
Tony Briscoe
How Farmers Markets and Food Trucks Became a Beachhead for Gentrification
In gentrifying neighborhoods, developers use food options to lure in more affluent residents, and longtime residents find themselves forced to compete against the “urban food machine.”
Pascale Joassart-Marcelli
Mourn the Extinct, Fight like Hell for the Living — a Wildlife Reporter’s Plea
The 23 species declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service show us how much we have to lose. They should also motivate us to fight to stop further loss.
John R. Platt
Rural Areas Struggle to Compete for Nurses as They Face Dire Shortages
Covid has overwhelmed hospitals, prompting many overburdened nurses to change careers or retire early. The shortages have hit rural areas particularly hard.
Aallyah Wright
Welcome to the Pyrocene
Our society’s appetite for one kind of burning—fossil fuel combustion—has thrust us into a new Fire Age that is reshaping the Earth.
Stephen Pyne
GDP: A Countdown to Doom
The numbers we use to measure the economy’s recovery from Covid also measure the rate at which we barrel into ecological catastrophe.
Joseph Bullington
Growing food sovereignty on the shores of Lake Superior
On a small Wisconsin island, members of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and volunteers provide fresh food and restore ancestral connection through gardening.
Kip Dooley
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