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The Big Picture: Thinking About Greater Yellowstone's Elephants In The Room

October 5, 2017 // Climate Change, Science, Public Lands, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Wildlife, Politics

The deepening impacts of climate change and human population pressure are just two of the titanic forces shaping the future of America's most iconic wildland ecosystem. Are we capable of confronting the threats happening right before our eyes?  Do we see them? First part in an ongoing series called Greater Yellowstone: The Big Picture.
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A Time To Rally: When Ted Turner Gave Jacques Cousteau An End-Of-Life Pep Talk

September 21, 2017 // Conservation, Science

Jacques Cousteau and his prized pupil Ted Turner
Jacques-Yves Cousteau, once the most famous conservationist in the world, was a father figure and mentor to Ted Turner. But near the end of his life Cousteau turned cynical, essentially abandoning his fight to save wild Earth. Turner refused to let him accept defeat.
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Lois Red Elk Writes About Ponies—And Remembers Her Horseman Father

September 20, 2017 // Big Art of Nature, Culture

Horses wander near the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Of My Father and Horses: Lois Red Elk, Mountain Journal's poet in residence, debuts a brand new poem and shares an older one from her acclaimed volume "Why I Return to Makoce"
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Unnatural Disaster: Will America’s Most Iconic Wild Ecosystem Be Lost To A Tidal Wave Of People?

September 10, 2017 // Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly

At current conservative growth estimates, Bozeman, Montana will be Minneapolis-proper-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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Lesson From The Great Eclipse: When We Stand In Awe Of Nature, We Become Better Citizens

August 20, 2017 // Big Art of Nature, Conservation, Science, The New West, Ecosystem Protection

Gallatin Valley sunset by Steve Kelly
One profound lesson from the great eclipse of 2017: Science says that people who spend more time reverentially in the great outdoors are happier, kinder and more generous 
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Epic Challenges Are Gripping Jackson Hole But For Hank Phibbs Surrender Is Not An Option

August 14, 2017 // Columnists, Conservation, Jackson Hole, Community, Wyoming, Politics

Hank Phibb
Teton County, Wyoming is one of the wealthiest per capita counties in the United States and one of the most strikingly beautiful places on earth. Yet despite its abundance of riches, Teton County is a province of widening economic disparity, tensions between nature preservation and human development, and questions shaping the soul of the community. Hank Phibbs takes us into the heart of the conversation.
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