Essays

Long form essays and reflections from members of the CHE community.

The Surveyor’s Stone: Unearthing Hidden Markers of the American Landscape

Buried in the nineteenth century, stone markers continue to serve as the official, and often elusive, demarcation points of the Public Land Survey System.

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Playing With Fire in Indonesia’s Peatlands

Indonesia’s previously swampy forests have become unpredictable, fuel-rich fire traps.

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Carolyn Finney addresses the Nelson Institute's Community Environmental Scholars Program in Madison, Wisconsin, April 2016. Photo by Ingrid Laas.

Nature and the Rules of Race: A Conversation with Carolyn Finney

The importance of storytelling in elucidating and challenging understandings of race and the environment.

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Mining for Change in Bolivia

Despite changing political contexts, mining continues to define culture and landscapes in Bolivia.

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An aerial view of Ocean City, Maryland, showing typical coastal development.

The First Green Developer

Charles E. Fraser built a South Carolina beach resort privileging environmental protection, leaving a complex legacy for conservation and development today.

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Life after the Olympics: Housing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Far beyond the global spotlight of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, uneven housing policies have reconfigured the city’s social landscape.

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Built to Last

How concrete changed perceptions of knowledge and labor in a modernizing society.

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National parks

A Park Service for Both Bison and Bombs

The centennial of the National Park Service offers a chance to reassess how we view natural and cultural landscapes.

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Wasting Space: Composting for Change in New York

A compost organization in New York City offers up an alternative vision of urban green space and waste labor.

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Rhythms of Time Along the Water

The Center for Culture, History, and Environment’s Place-Based Workshop on the Mississippi River this summer inspires reflections on Mali’s critically important Niger Delta floodplain.

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