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Two Meditations On Mni Sose, Water, Mother Earth and Standing Rock

October 24, 2017 // Big Art of Nature, Water

Mni Sose  Photo by Todd Wilkinson
Mountain Journal's Poet In Residence Lois Red Elk Reed Unveils A New Work Focussed On Mni Sose, The Missouri River
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A Tribute To The Ancient Ones High On The Mountain

October 23, 2017 // Climate Change, Endangered Species, Public Lands

At the top of a ridge, a whitebark pine forest is in the fight of its life.  Photo courtesy Ecoflight (ecoflight.org)
What does a forest tell us about our past and future? Scientist Jesse Logan pays tribute to the vanishing whitebark pine and shares what it foreshadows for America's wildest ecosystem in the Lower 48 
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Whither The Mighty Wolverine?

October 22, 2017 // Endangered Species, Public Lands, Wildlife

Wolverine moving across snow, photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Few in number and scattered sparsely across huge geographic areas, wolverines are still hanging on in Greater Yellowstone. But for how long? Rebecca Watters says they need a human strategy to insure their persistence.
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Holding The Line On Wild: Is The U.S. Forest Service Up To The Challenge?

October 19, 2017 // Forest Service, Outdoor Recreation, Wilderness

Enchantment Basin from Prusik Pass in Alpine Lakes Wilderness  by Jeffrey Pang
Susan Marsh spent her career protecting wilderness and trying to manage human pressures on America's public lands. Now this veteran of the Forest Service ponders whether her storied agency has the courage to confront the increasing impacts of outdoor recreation.
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America's National Elk Refuge: A ‘Miasmic Zone Of Life-Threatening Diseases'

October 17, 2017 // Science, Public Lands, Wildlife

Will the National Elk Refuge become ground zero for catastrophic disease? Photo courtesy National Elk Refuge
The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is known internationally for its wildlife. With the arrival of Chronic Wasting Disease looming, the epicenter of a deadly outbreak would be western Wyoming and the home to America's "national elk herd". Part 2 in Mountain Journal's series looking at the coming wildlife plague.
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A Tragedy In The Mountains Highlights Pain Facing The Young

October 16, 2017 // Community

The Madison Mountains, photo courtesy Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, B. Vandenbos
In mountain towns like Bozeman and Jackson Hole, extreme athletes are modern heroes.  When something bad happens, it should cause all of us to hold our kids closer
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