Top Story: Creative Destruction Levels A Bozeman Trailer Park

A trailer park in Bozeman soon to be razed
A trailer park in Bozeman soon to be razed
Tim Crawford wonders how much empathy the new Bozeman has for those sent packing
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Remembering The Ties That Bind: A Daughter Copes With Her Mother's Dementia

Bozeman psychotherapist Timothy Tate helps a client work through the pain of watching her matriarch's memory fade
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Brandborg Worried Conservation Movement Has Lost Its Edge

Montana's Crazy Mountains
Montana's Crazy Mountains
Dead at 93, former head of The Wilderness Society said environmental groups have forgotten how to fight the good fight
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"Made In America": Ryan Zinke's New Committee With Myriad Hidden Agendas

A boardwalk in Yellowstone
A boardwalk in Yellowstone
In this op-ed, natural resource advocate Katie Christiansen points out how, time and again, the Interior Secretary gives conservation short-shrift
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Wyoming’s Oracle of Cyberspace Searched For A Better Community

John Perry Barlow recognized the possibility of virtual reality but his reset button was the natural world
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Killing The Yellowstone Icons They Are Encharged to Protect

Still image taken from Yellowstone NPS video
Still image taken from Yellowstone NPS video
Park Superintendent Dan Wenk talks about how his rangers loathe having to destroy bison to appease the Montana Department of Livestock
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Weakening Wilderness Act Is Antithetical To Principle Of Landmark Law

Writer Michael Dax says efforts by hardcore recreation user groups to undermine wilderness protection are self-serving and short-sighted
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Lee Metcalf: Remembering Montana's Firebrand

Metcalf and a few recognizable giants
Metcalf and a few recognizable giants
Mike Mansfield called Metcalf the state's greatest senator. In part 2 of Ed Kemmick's series, he also stood out as a no-apology conservationist
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Survivors: Why Yellowstone Bison Are Sacred And Deserve Special Care

NPS / Neal Herbert
NPS / Neal Herbert
Park Superintendent Dan Wenk says the recovery of buffalo in America's oldest national park represents one of the greatest wildlife conservation success stories in U.S. history
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What Would The Muries Say About Recreation, Conservation And Wildness?

Aldo Leopold and Olaus Murie
Aldo Leopold and Olaus Murie
Martin Murie answered the question. The late son of Olaus and Mardy Murie penned this piece only a few months before he died in 2012.
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The Mighty Absaroka-Beartooth Is 40

The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness towering over Yellowstone
The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness towering over Yellowstone
In this two-part tribute, writer Ed Kemmick celebrates not only landmark wilderness in Greater Yellowstone but Lee Metcalf, the senator who made it happen
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In Yellowstone Bison Controversy, Would 'Supervaccine' Be A Silver Bullet Solution?

Yellowstone superintendent Dan Wenk notes that slaughter of bison is really a battle over public land grass with livestock industry
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Shifting Values: Are Funhog Towns 'Better' Than The Ones They're Replacing?

Composite photo by MoJo staff.  Biker photo courtesy Courtney Nash.  Large bear photo courtesy Wikimedia user Kallerna.  Cub photos courtesy Yellowstone NPS
Composite photo by MoJo staff. Biker photo courtesy Courtney Nash. Large bear photo courtesy Wikimedia user Kallerna. Cub photos courtesy Yellowstone NPS
Everybody wants to use the resources of Greater Yellowstone. But how are such uses benefitting wildlife and wild places that make our region world-renowned?
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Is Montana Being Guided Back To A Dickensian Future?

Goat rancher Alexis Bonogofsky pens a letter to Montana's secretary of state 'congratulating' him for his position on coal
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A MoJo Short Story Video: Are Elk Or Yellowstone Bison The Real Disease Threat?

Yellowstone Superintendent says science proves park buffalo are not the menaces Montana portrays them to be
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A Patriot Finds Peace In The West

MoJo columnist Todd Johnson, a combat veteran-turned-Park-Service ranger, salutes the stewards of public lands
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When The Meadowlark Sings Oiyokipi Omaka Teca

For Lois Red Elk and other prairie dwellers, springtime means 'Take joy, the world is made anew'
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The Desert Wears Its Spring Bonnet

Although superbloom isn't likely this year in the Mojave, our man in the Great Basin offers this report
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Of Young Men And Reform School

In this age of firearm proliferation, how do we stop tragedy and who decides if a troubled teen can be healed?
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A Wolverine Named Olive

What her story and that of others tells us about the impacts of recreation on sensitive species
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Plummeting Morale In The Forest Service: Why It Should Matter To Americans Who Love Nature

The Bridger-Teton National Forest.  Image courtesy imgur user Show Us Your Togwotee
The Bridger-Teton National Forest. Image courtesy imgur user Show Us Your Togwotee
Another tour de force piece from Susan Marsh on a once proud federal public land agency
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For Yellowstone And America, Climate Change Brings Our Moment Of Truth

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem sits at the epicenter of a huge disruption from rising temperatures. Skiing will be the first of many major casualties
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Crossing The Finish Line: Sue Cedarholm Finds A Year of Grounding In Natural Moments

For 365 days, the Jackson Hole artist painted one new watercolor every day. This is what she learned
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Roar: Random Musings From A Montana Hook And Bullet Conservationist—Part I

A trophy lion and crocodile
A trophy lion and crocodile
MoJo columnist T. H. Crawford, lifelong hunter and African safarian, shares thoughts on Trump Administration's International Wildlife Conservation Council
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Riding The Unwild Roar In Yellowstone

Snowmobilers in Yellowstone
Snowmobilers in Yellowstone
A winterkeeper explores his relationship with America's oldest national park via snowmobile
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A MoJo Short Story Video: Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk Talks Bison And Activists

After acts of civil disobedience, arrests and release of animals from quarantine, the national park's top manager shares his thoughts
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A Lifelong Sportsman Writes His Congressional Delegation About Guns

Photo courtesy USFWS
Photo courtesy USFWS
Gary Wolfe is a hunter, biologist and formerly an outfitter, head of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Montana fish and wildlife commissioner
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Yellowstone's Geysers And Hot Springs Are Miracles Of Survival

What if there were no rules governing human behavior in America's oldest national park? What if visitors could do whatever they liked?
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#MeToo In A Culture Of Good Old Boys

Photo courtesy Kristen Honig / NPS
Photo courtesy Kristen Honig / NPS
Susan Marsh says Forest Service created ripe conditions for backlash
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From Battlefield To Homefront: A Soldier Becomes A Park Ranger

The author smiling in the back of a Black Hawk helicopter after the completion of another mission during operations in Iraq (2007). Photo courtesy Todd Johnson
The author smiling in the back of a Black Hawk helicopter after the completion of another mission during operations in Iraq (2007). Photo courtesy Todd Johnson
Todd Johnson debuts a new MoJo column called "Protecting the Home Land"
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I Brake For Rattlesnakes And Mountain Lions

Celebrated American stone carver Steve Kestrel talks respect for all species, art as environmental statement and meeting Georgia O'Keeffe
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Russell Chatham's Reflections On Role Of Artist

Pale Winter Moonrise by Russell Chatham
Pale Winter Moonrise by Russell Chatham
Wisdom from the legendary former resident of Paradise Valley
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That Which We Cannot Escape In Life

For psychotherapist Timothy Tate, the minister's son, dealing with death requires making peace with oneself  
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Perilous Crossings

Wildlife movement in Greater Yellowstone is extraordinary but every day with busy highways it's becoming extraordinarily more tenuous. A prominent member of the scientific Craighead family weighs in.
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The Big Empty Is Anything But

Jackson Frishman is connected to the giants of American mountaineering. He also knows the pain and euphoria of the West
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For Hunkpapa Women, Winter Is The Season Of Dreaming

Hungry Fox Equinox by R. Tom Gilleon
Hungry Fox Equinox by R. Tom Gilleon
Everyone dreams. Lois Red Elk writes about how a special dream society carries forth visions to which an entire community belongs
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Define The Meaning Of 'Extreme' In Talking About Forest Health

Lance Olsen says politicians are peddling fairy tales to the gullible while greenhouse gases pose real peril
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Weathering The Yellowstone Blizzards

Steven Fuller savors stretches of snowbound winters as they always used to be
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Wolverines As A Litmus Test On Human Values

Whether these charismatic animals persist first requires an honest reflection on our own biases
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The Yellowstone Caldera Is Aflutter With Recent Shakes, Rattles and Rolls

Grand Prismatic Spring courtesy of NPS /  Neal Herbert
Grand Prismatic Spring courtesy of NPS / Neal Herbert
The ground beneath Yellowstone continues to be aswarm with earthquakes. Learn why.
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Purple Haze: The Crystal Ball Of Politics For The Northern Rockies

Photo courtesy Ed Thomes
Photo courtesy Ed Thomes
University professor David Parker assesses the prospects of Tester, Gianforte and where flyover states are headed
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Two Wyoming Moms: A Fourth Grade Teacher Writes Her Congresswoman About Guns

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, photo courtesy Warren Air Force Base
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, photo courtesy Warren Air Force Base
Libby Crews Wood calls upon U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney to set politics aside and embrace common sense
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Why Some Western Towns Live Or Die

 Photo courtesy Dave Touissant (photographersnature.com)
Photo courtesy Dave Touissant (photographersnature.com)
A prominent economist explains the value of public land for 21st-century America
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Bench Marks: The People And Places Lifting Us Up When We Are Down

Peets Hill, Bozeman, Montana
Peets Hill, Bozeman, Montana
Psychotherapist Timothy Tate: It's tough work fighting to save the communities we love and finding ways to avert the trail of despair
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The New West

'Liberal Radio Media' As Elusive As Bigfoot In The Rural West

"Sasquatch," a painting by Robert Bateman
"Sasquatch," a painting by Robert Bateman
Still, Trump Administration wants to zero out funding for NPR, PBS, arts and humanities
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Conservation, EPA, Public Lands, Ecosystem Protection

The Magna Carta Of American Environmental Law Is Under Siege

BP's Deepwater Horizon oil disaster exacted $62 billion in impacts and cleanup costs.
BP's Deepwater Horizon oil disaster exacted $62 billion in impacts and cleanup costs.
Few Americans may know of the National Environmental Policy Act but it affects their lives every day
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Big Art of Nature, Public Lands, Community

The Future Of The Local Small Town Ski Hill

Snow King Mountain
Snow King Mountain
Sue Cedarholm paints a picture that speaks to both nostalgia and concern about Snow King
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Culture, Community

Of Dads And Mountain Daughters

Daughter Abbey
Daughter Abbey
A foundational relationship in a woman’s life, its impacts lasting a lifetime
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Conservation, Private Lands, The New West

The Essential Role Of Eco-Capitalism In Saving The Best That Remains

Ted Turner at Flying D
Ted Turner at Flying D
Greater Yellowstone's rich tapestry will be won—or lost—based on what businesspeople do next
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Culture, Community

Imagine Foreign Invaders Coming Into The Land

Poet Lois Red Elk serves as translator on a road trip and pays homage to Ella Cara Deloria 
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Wilderness, Public Lands

Who Is Willing To Defend American Wilderness?

The Palisades Wilderness Study Area in Wyoming
The Palisades Wilderness Study Area in Wyoming
As attacks on wilderness and environmental laws rage, many citizens wonder why some prominent conservation groups seem to be missing in action?
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Architecture, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly

Dreaming of Grass Roofs

MoJo columnist Lori Ryker highlights organic architecture that celebrates place by blending into it
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Yellowstone

The Language Of Snow As A Vocabulary Of Place

For Yellowstone winterkeeper Steven Fuller,  special words describe the park's frozen world
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Economy, Guest Commentary, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Ecosystem Protection

Beholding The Golden Green Goose That Hatched One Of The Richest Counties in America

Teton County, Wyo. Commissioner Mark Newcomb examines the cost—and dividends— of protecting a wild American ecosystem
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That Night When Gretel Ehrlich And A Jackass Moseyed Into The Cowboy Bar

Dewey Vanderhoff recounts a wild memorable evening involving a soon-to-be-famous author, roughnecks, cowboys and a male donkey in Meeteetse.
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The Story Of A River Otter Found Dead In A Snare

River otter in Yellowstone River; Neal Herbert; December 2015
River otter in Yellowstone River; Neal Herbert; December 2015
Wyoming naturalist Susan Marsh says it's high time that society had an adult conversation about the real impacts of fur trapping
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Yellowstone

A Life In Wonderland

"The Sun Pillar" by Steven Fuller
"The Sun Pillar" by Steven Fuller
Yellowstone's legendary "winter keeper" Steven Fuller takes readers on an intimate exploration of the world's first national park. Every few days he serves up a new dispatch here
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Yellowstone

Twilight Of The Winterkeepers

Steven Fuller portrait by Neal Herbert/National Park Service
Steven Fuller portrait by Neal Herbert/National Park Service
After nearly 50 years of solitude, Steven Fuller is a living legend in Yellowstone and an endangered 21st-century icon
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Yellowstone

The Killing Fields Await Yellowstone Bison Once Again In Montana

 Cow and calf run through the sage in Lamar Valley.  NPS / Jacob W. Frank
Cow and calf run through the sage in Lamar Valley. NPS / Jacob W. Frank
More than 10,000 Yellowstone bison have been killed based on a faulty premise. Like the worry over Chronic Wasting Disease, this controversy has connections to Wyoming's feedgrounds
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The Undeniable Value of Wolves, Bears, Lions And Coyotes In Battling Disease

Photo courtesy NPS / Jacob W. Frank
Photo courtesy NPS / Jacob W. Frank
Part 4 in Mountain Journal's series on Chronic Wasting Disease and the threat it poses to America's wildest ecosystem. By killing predators, are states that still cling to Little Red Riding Hood shooting themselves in the foot?
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Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly

Unnatural Disaster: Will America’s Most Iconic Wild Ecosystem Be Lost To A Tidal Wave Of People?

Bozemanapolis? The Minneapolis skyline set against the Bridgers. At current growth rates, Bozeman/Gallatin Valley will be Salt Lake City sized in a generation and Minneapolis sized in 40 years.
Bozemanapolis? The Minneapolis skyline set against the Bridgers. At current growth rates, Bozeman/Gallatin Valley will be Salt Lake City sized in a generation and Minneapolis sized in 40 years.
A MoJo Special Report: Can the wild Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem survive the coming hurricane of human population growth? As part of Mountain Journal's ongoing investigative series, "Greater Yellowstone: The Big Picture," Todd Wilkinson examines significant issues shaping the future of America's most iconic wildland ecosystem. This story focuses on the accelerating impacts of human development.
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Yellowstone

Yellowstone Winterkeeper Remembers His Famous Story In National Geographic

Winterkeeper Steven Fuller ventures into the geothermal mist of Yellowstone. Photo courtesy Kerry Huller
Winterkeeper Steven Fuller ventures into the geothermal mist of Yellowstone. Photo courtesy Kerry Huller
Forty years ago, Steven Fuller wrote a story for National Geographic on the park's cold extreme isolation. Now he takes a look back
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Leadership, Yellowstone

Wenk: Tell People What They Need To Hear, Not What They Want To Hear

Yellowstone Supt. Dan Wenk (photo courtesy National Park Service)
Yellowstone Supt. Dan Wenk (photo courtesy National Park Service)
In speech at MSU, Yellowstone Park Supt. Dan Wenk issues a challenge saying time to save the ecosystem is now 
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Chronic Wasting Disease, Science, Public Lands, Wildlife

Greater Yellowstone's Coming Plague

Is this where a pandemic of Chronic Wasting Disease in Greater Yellowstone begins? Thousands of elk bunched together on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Tom Mangelsen photo
Is this where a pandemic of Chronic Wasting Disease in Greater Yellowstone begins? Thousands of elk bunched together on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Tom Mangelsen photo
Mountain Journal's special multi-part series on Chronic Wasting Disease and the potential dangers it poses to Greater Yellowstone's unparalleled wildlife and the specter of risk to human health. Part 1: Greater Yellowstone's Coming Plague
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"Bulls at the Elk Refuge" by Sue Cedarholm
"Bulls at the Elk Refuge" by Sue Cedarholm

At National Elk Refuge, Pondering The Winter That Was, The Spring That Is

As her project 'Watercolor Diary' heads toward conclusion, Sue Cedarholm paints a vision of wapiti about to shed their antlers
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Co-existence, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Community

Projecting beauty?
Projecting beauty?

Projecting Nature's Beauty—Rejecting Blight In Building And Thought

Lori Ryker says we live in a spectacular place, so why doesn't architecture always treat it that way?
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Yellowstone

Elk antlers Photo by Steven Fuller
Elk antlers Photo by Steven Fuller

Wild Animal Tales Told In Tracks, Spoor, Life And Death

For winterkeeper Steven Fuller, Yellowstone's drama is written in the snow
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Co-existence

A golden weeping willow (MaxPixel)
A golden weeping willow (MaxPixel)

My Golden Weeping Willow—Finding Grounding In The Spectacular Ordinary

Naturalist Susan Marsh opens her old journal and muses on boredom, beauty, impermanence and the lament of a favorite tree cut down
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