What Wild Nature Needs Most: Support Truth
Grizzly 399 and recent cub
When it comes to assessing biological recovery of grizzlies, who is better informed—people who study wildlife for a living or governors and legislators who dislike grizzlies and wolves?Read More
A mighty cottonwood reflected in the water
Poet Lois Red Elk reminds that the obvious things we savor about place, wildlife and community have deeper underpinnings in the earthRead More
Does anything signify wilderness more than a wolf howl?
The ecological importance of wolves is irrefutable. In this op-ed, MoJo columnist Franz Camenzind asks why are wolves facing eradication campaigns in federal Wilderness where the health of native species takes priority?Read More
How can we make 2022 a year to save what we love?
As Susan Marsh looks into 2022 and ponders the many challenges to Greater Yellowstone, she says Nature needs allies defending her, not hollow resolutionsRead More
Rick Reese after leading a climb up Mount Moran
As advocates for the Yellowstone region go, Rick Reese ranks right up there with the most impactful of all time. His legacy is written in the abundant wildlife and healthy landscapes we value todayRead More
Scoop lands another story for prime time news
When it comes to wildlife conflict, John Potter asks, why do animals often get blamed for human misbehavior?Read More
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 iconRead More
Ryan Busse's passion when he's not writing
Ryan Busse, a Montana hunter, was once a gun industry executive who helped create the uncivil war over firearms in America. Now he's trying to change the discourse before it's too lateRead More
Professor Creek flows through Mary Jane Canyon
In 'Mary Jane Wild,' Brooke Williams seeks wildness in the West to help him make sense of a world coming apart at the seams. It's a fine read for these timesRead More
Deep dreaming of bison has happened for millennia on different continents
As Lois Red Elk writes in a new poem, we are an expression of all our ancestors. We can honor them by remembering them—and reaching out in our dreamsRead More
Bomb's away: More than climate is changing
Cartoonist John Potter says in many parts of the backcountry, any 'balance' between the desires of outdoor recreationists and the needs of sensitive wildlife is out of whackRead More
Ridgeway on the treacherous knife-edge of K2
Rick Ridgeway has been called 'the real Indiana Jones' for his gravity-defying daring, breathtaking photos and yen to be outdoors. Now his priority is saving what's left of our wild home planetRead More
A moose died trying to cross a road in Jackson Hole
The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance dares to say the two words that often make land protectionists run for the hills: "planning" and "zoning." But they're crucial to saving the Greater Yellowstone EcosystemRead More
Not a petroglyph: it's Big Sky and what used to be wild Montana
Big blowups: Stunning visuals from Google Earth show how private land development and resource extraction on public lands are harming wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone EcosystemRead More
It goes way beyond DNA
There is kinship in everything around us, if only we open our eyes, cartoonist John Potter remindsRead More
All of us have Earth-based spiritual origins
The annual slide into seasonal darkness and quietude is, for MoJo columnist Susan Marsh, a time of reflection on our spiritual connection to the Earth—and each otherRead More
Boundary Waters: a marvel of America's Lower 48
Mountain Journal interviews Becky Rom who is hoping to stop a mega copper mine, backed by Chilean investors, from harming the Lower 48's premier water wildernessRead More
The lines of the season are beginning to blur in Yellowstone
With big crowds now gone from America's oldest national park for awhile, MoJo columnist Steven Fuller pays tribute to the quiet lullRead More
Packed Audience Hears Experts Discuss Biggest Threats To Famed Jackson Hole Grizzly 399, Other Bears
Can Grizzly 399 and cubs make it safely to the den?
Miracle of grizzly conservation in Lower 48 being undermined by sloppy garbage storage, proliferating development, outdoor recreation pressure and bad lawsRead More
Few bighorns worry about how to spend their leisure time
Hadley Hammer, who learned to carve turns in the Tetons, says recreationists need to consider their growing impacts on sensitive wildlife. Her essay is one well worth readingRead More
Do only people have rights to privacy and liberty?
Once again, John Potter pokes fun at humans who fail to grasp the irony of intolerance when we invade the wild backyards of othersRead More
"The Deer Dancer" by Woody Crumbo
Poet Lois Red Elk reflects on how, for thousands of years, the aftermaths of successful autumn hunts have been times of coming together for families expressing reverence to the creatorRead More
Grizzly 399 and cubs facing most perilous autumn yet
Fate of Jackson Hole Grizzly 399, human-bear co-existence and Montana laws hostile to grizzlies will be discussed in virtual town hall Monday night by Servheen, Hilty and Mangelsen. You're invitedRead More
Which animals should have primacy in a national park?
The triumph of cattle and farmers over elk in Point Reyes echoes the same public outrage involving wapiti, wolves and bison in Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Grand CanyonRead More
Strolling at the front end of a youth movement
Two Lilys: A high school reporter who is going places interviews a contemporary who isn't content to sit on the sidelines. She's taking actionRead More
Is the problem wolves or fairy tales?
Cartoonist John Potter says Montana's rabid anti-wolf policies, lacking in facts and common sense, are just plain crazy. And they're giving the state a self-inflicted black eyeRead More
Early Morning, The Ranch (Henrys Fork of the Snake)
Dave Hall, who has gained renown as "the painter of Greater Yellowstone rivers," is on a quest to protect the ecosystem one great riverscape at a time. You can join himRead More
How does wildlife become an asset and not liability on private land?
Should hunting tags be awarded to private landowners who provide important habitat for public wildlife? PERC says incentivizing conservation on private land is essentialRead More
Tribes are bringing a deeper, truer meaning to Yellowstone
Homeland and crossroads for at least 27 indigenous tribes, Yellowstone as a place has an ancient human history—one seldom acknowledged in its first 150 years as a parkRead More
Coyote is an agent in the circle of life
Lois Red Elk writes a poem about coyote that reminds how the essence of being is not material, but everything elseRead More
For Wolf 302, being a savvy hunter was life or death
It's not easy surviving as a wolf in America's oldest national park—and this doesn't even include the perils that loom for wolves from humans once they cross the northern border into MontanaRead More
The creatures of Jellystone
Cartoonist John Potter creates this handy pamphlet for the ecologically illiterate headed to Yellowstone and Grand TetonRead More
Yellowstone wolves have already needlessly been killed
Seven respected former wildlife commissioners, all hunters, condemn Montana governor and lawmakers for their callous, unscientific promotion of wolf slaughterRead More
What forest thinning looks like in South Dakota
Former second in command of US Forest Service questions agency's accelerated push to thin forests and log big trees in response to fire, insects and climate change. Felling forests, Jim Furnish says, is not a strategy to save themRead More
Hopper gathering material in Glacier Park
With two memoirs and a new book of nature poetry under her belt, Carolyn Keith Hopper has come a long way from growing up in the hometown of Thoreau, Emerson and HawthorneRead More
The Tetons leave us spellbound and in autumn the feeling won't let go
For Susan Marsh, it goes far beyond the sensuousness of color. The fall reminds that there is humbling glory beyond our own impermanenceRead More
Give him more of that old time (wolf-loathing) religion
Cartoonist John Potter says Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte, with his spiteful attitude toward Yellowstone National Park and its wolves, proves he places a religious zeal for politics over scienceRead More
Is Indian Country showing us how to deal with Covid?
On this journey from colonizing pilgrims infecting native people to dealing with covid fears in a fierce anti-vax state, this award-winning podcast from Wyoming Public Media shines with brave new storytellingRead More
Is Wyoming's referendum on Trump tearing Republicans apart?
Liz Cheney says she is fighting for truth and country but why do facts often evade her when it comes to honest discourse about environmental issues? That's a topic for MoJo's The Week That IsRead More
A grizzly in Glacier National Park
As Jessianne Castle reports in this story from wild country around Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, it's how humans behave that can keep people and bears safeRead More
Which vision of the West do you prefer?
As nature becomes a casualty to growth, cartoonist John Potter would take cows over condos, ranchers over realtors, and wildlife over the blight of "progress" any day. What about you?Read More
Young Tarahumara sisters (pastel by George Carlson)
Lois Red Elk writes and speaks using the ancient human language of the continent. In her latest poem, she offers a universal truth: Be present and aware in the here and nowRead More
A member of Yellowstone's Delta Pack
In unprecedented move, new hunting and trapping regulations would allow every wolf coming into state from America's first national park to be killed as a trophyRead More
Grizzly 399 helped make Castro-Root realize what's at stake
Gabe Castro-Root came to Greater Yellowstone on vacation from San Francisco. After visiting, he saw journalism as a way to defend it. Tom Sadler interviews the young student about his plansRead More
New reality behind the pretty tourism brochures?
Cartoonist John Potter says Montana, Idaho and Wyoming have turned one of the greatest wildlife conservation achievements in history into shameful expressions of ignoranceRead More
A jazzy jouster
Autumn arrives sooner on the Yellowstone Plateau than most other places in the Lower 48. Winterkeeper and Mountain Journal columnist Steven Fuller chronicles the start of a glorious season of joustingRead More
Henderson Mountain, scarred by abandoned mining
A quarter century after a controversial gold mine was stopped thanks to presidential intervention, one of the green Davids who battled a powerful Canadian giant reflects on the longshot victoryRead More
If you cashed out, where would you go?
Maybe the only hope we have to stop our towns and wild places from changing is to change our belief that their destruction is inevitable. But, as Timothy Tate writes, it's almost impossible to doRead More
In Yellowstone, these olympics never stop
In his latest, cartoonist John Potter daydreams on the many different ways critters might take the podium after tourists in America's first national park venture too closeRead More
Until the end he had a twinkle in his eyes for wild country
Joe Gutkoski, a legendary American conservationist, has passed away. Is his style of relentless advocacy for wildlife and wild places the only hope Greater Yellowstone has for keeping its nature from being tamed?Read More
Imagine how Greater Yellowstone would feel without its wild denizens
We crave and need contact with nature but, as Joseph Scalia writes in this essay, technology and human numbers are shrinking back the feel of wild places. That's why, he says, we need to protect more of themRead More
Potter recommends checking out Ephesians 4:31
Amid these contentious times, John Potter wonders whose values are being preached, taught and expressed?
Tracy Stone-Manning, headed for confirmation?
As Biden's nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management heads toward a vote in the Senate, we reflect in MoJo's 'The Week That Was' on efforts to torpedo her confirmationRead More
How Gardiner rebuilds after fire: is it a harbinger for Greater Yellowstone?
How a fire in a Yellowstone gateway town reminds that anti-regulation is killing the kind of thinking needed to preserve the best of Greater Yellowstone. Lee Nellis weighs inRead More
When bears dream about us, what do they see?
Poet Lois Red Elk writes that while bears and people emerged from the same origin dream, it was bruins who came first. Now, to find harmony, we need to be mindful of each other's spaceRead More
Winter view of Bridgers at Pheasant Farm
From his farm along the East Gallatin River north of booming Bozeman, MoJo columnist Tim Crawford reminds us why rural landscapes are worth protecting in exhibition 'Moods of the Bridgers'Read More
Montana, Idaho aim to decimate wolves, again
In this op-ed, Phil Knight says that given new laws in Montana and Idaho designed to decimate wolf numbers, it's time to restore federal protection for lobosRead More
Good to the last drop, but for whom?
Cartoonist John Potter asks: does it really make common sense to de-water streams and prioritize alfalfa-growing for cows when severe drought affects many more species?Read More
Steadily, we're losing last, best refuges of 'natural quiet'
Escaping the noisy human cacophony: Gordon Hempton is called 'the sound tracker' but he's really a maestro who reminds that natural harmonic bliss exists in the quietest spots of the Lower 48
The day wolves were restored to Yellowstone—Phillips at left
Greater Yellowstone-based scientist Mike Phillips receives Leopold Award, highest honor given by The Wildlife Society for having an impactful career in conservationRead More
Dammed rivers have pushed salmon to the very brink
Chris Wood, the national leader of Trout Unlimited, writes in this guest essay that salmon and steelhead can recover if given a chance. But time is running outRead More
Rather than bother stressed-out critters, Marsh gave up hiking her favorite spot this summer
Susan Marsh laments that rising numbers of people are crowding animals out of their backcountry habitat but what to do about it—that's the question. Would you change your plans to protect wildlife?Read More
Water, a binding tether across generations
What really happened to Norman's brother, Paul, who dies in the fly-fishing classic? Maclean answers it with writing that, in some ways, exceeds his dad'sRead More
Optimists always see the glass as half full
In his latest MoJo cartoon, John Potter suggests that less precipitation, rising temps and super droughts are making current notions of 'forest health' obsoleteRead More
Bull's eye for growth: Greater Yellowstone desperately needs a plan to deal with it
Amid unprecedented development and outdoor recreation pressure, three experts say new strategies urgently needed to save America's most famous wildlife ecosystemRead More
Smokey and Woodsy support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Melody Mobley, the first African-American woman forester in the storied land management agency, offers suggestions following a career punctuated by adversityRead More
More elk today than in nearly 200 years
As Montana and Idaho move to re-decimate their wild wolf populations, MoJo cartoonist John Potter calls out their faulty argumentRead More
He credits grizzlies with giving him a reason to live
After suffering the devastating loss of his young daughter, Brad Orsted fell into bleak darkness—then the grizzly-inhabited wild country of Greater Yellowstone led him back into the lightRead More
A Depression-era tourism poster promoting Montana
By day he is a practicing therapist; for 40 years he's been a citizen in Bozeman. Timothy Tate sees many Greater Yellowstone towns losing their identityRead More
The mama griz otherwise known as Felicia
Government wildlife managers have made it clear that unless people behave responsibly it will be bears who pay the biggest price for conflict. Learn all about it from this short MoJo videoRead More
Maybe the senator ought to come West?
Want to know what cartoonist John Potter thinks about the Wisconsin lawmaker's claim that climate change is a bunch of BS? As the West scorches, Potter offers a replyRead More
A mother bison tasting the air in Yellowstone
High drama: Right out his front door, MoJo columnist Steven Fuller bears witness to new bison life—and deathRead More
A new poem from Lois Red Elk about how Lakota/Dakota dream culture and channeling the spirit of nature allows us to connect with the ones we love, even when far awayRead More
Sometimes important pathways circle back on themselves
As Julie Fustanio writes, you never know who you'll meet in the Tetons. Sometimes the encounters deliver more than grand views but a better joyous perspective on lifeRead More
Grizzly 394 now subject of poaching probe
The body of Grizzly 394, a 25-year-old male, attracted lots of human photo ops in Gardiner but now is a criminal case after someone removed its head and claws, officials sayRead More
Can you guess the member of Congress who is Potter's target?
For those elected officials who continue to deny the scientific facts about climate change, John Potter believes a reckoning is coming and history will judge them harshlyRead More
Above Mallard's Rest
Artist Malou Flato, known nationally for her mixed media explorations of nature, shines in a new showing of oil paintings devoted to Paradise Valley, MontanaRead More
Our shared love of nature ought to ignite us, right?
Chris Hunt escaped to a river to fly fish. Back at camp, he met a citizen who was there at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Then, around a campfire, all hell nearly broke looseRead More
Nijhuis: We've rallied before—and we can again
New important book by Michelle Nijhuis tracks evolution of American conservation and arrives at this conclusion: there is still hope but we have to act nowRead More
How again is Felicia a "problem" bear?
John Potter wonders aloud: what teaching moment is being squandered as wildlife managers heavy-handedly respond to grizzly bear mother "Felicia" and cubs on Wyoming's Togwotee Pass?Read More
Young people have a different view of the West than their elders did
Professor Don Snow, life-long student of the West, reflects on the generational divides in thinking about nature—what's an improvement and what might not beRead More
The Henrys Fork just one of Greater Yellowstone's magical rivers
Dave Hall celebrates the lifeblood of Greater Yellowstone that reaches millions downstreamRead More
People and bears share a lot more in common in the big picture
Brot Coburn reviews a new summer book by Douglas Chadwick that makes the case for thinking across big landscapes and understanding what's inside them
Heminway, away from Montana and on the trail of elephant poachers
From writing for legendary Wyoming outdoorsman Curt Gowdy to exposing elephant ivory poachers on film, John Heminway fights for wildness by telling the truthRead More
After a quarter century, he is at permanent rest
After an old grizzly has a final tussle with a rival just outside Yellowstone, George Bumann offers a few worlds in tributeRead More
Who's having more fun—anglers or the fish they catch?
Cartoonist John Potter considers the growing juggernaut of Western fly fishing from the perspective of anglers and their sentient freshwater quarryRead More
Can the majesty of the Yellowstone River endure?
After the legendary river flooded 25 years ago, hard lessons were learned but are they being forgotten? Livingston resident Dennis Glick offers this perspectiveRead More
Wildlife movement fits into national climate change strategy (joeriis.com)
Protecting healthy wildlife ecosystems like Greater Yellowstone is a central thrust of strategy. MoJo's Tom Sadler and Todd Wilkinson provide an overviewRead More
An abandoned Indian boarding school
A grim discovery in western Canada is yet another shocking reminder of how Indian schools were instruments of genocide. Lois Red Elk offers two poems that speak to their legacyRead More
What is your memory of place (and other beings living there)?
Naturalist Susan Marsh wonders: How many of us really see a wild place for what it is—and, if pressed, could we offer an apt eyewitness account after passing through it?Read More
Moose in the Rockies
Watercolorist Rod Crossman finds inspiration in the words of Norman MacleanRead More
What's the value of a wolf?
New research paper raises tantalizing questions about value of wolves in Wisconsin, especially as western states plot their 21st century re-exterminationRead More
Celebrated American stone carver Steve Kestrel talks respect for all species, art as environmental statement and meeting Georgia O'KeeffeRead More
It's a scene repeated throughout the Rockies
As greedy landlords convert homes and apartments into pricey short-term rentals for tourists, many longtime residents are feeling exiled from their own communities. John Potter sizes it upRead More
Moritsch writes fiction but not fairy tales lacking in science
For decades, Barbara Moritsch worked as an ecologist in some of the most visited national parks. In her novel she dispels backward attitudes toward wolvesRead More
Remember the climber who hammered in bolts on petroglyphs?
After a climber in Utah brazenly bolted a route across ancient indigenous petroglyphs, believing they were "graffiti," MoJo cartoonist John Potter says it spells only one thingRead More
Grizzly Mother 399 and four cubs swim the Snake River
Lois Red Elk shares a brand new poem inspired by the journey of Jackson Hole Grizzly 399, an enduring symbol of motherhood and sentience in the worldRead More
Rangers on the front lines of crushing visitation
With record crowds poised to descend on Yellowstone and Grand Teton, cartoonist John Potter laments how rangers every year have to do more with lessRead More
We are small, nature is big and it needs our defense
In a moving reflection, Susan Marsh writes about losing her husband, dealing with sorrow, government service and trying to rally for the wild things that matterRead More
Well-known artists, writers fill volume edited by Katie Christiansen
Delightful new 'Artist's Field Guide To Yellowstone' offers inspiring reasons to care about protecting wildlife in Lower 48's famous bioregionRead More
Sharing intel for fame and glory
MoJo cartoonist John Potter laments how social media and the egos of human 'explorers' are sullying the last best wild placesRead More
One bucket list item done. What's next?
Charlie Quimby reviews Nathaniel Popkin's thought-provoking new book which asks: How and why are we programmed to gluttonously consume Earth's resources, including wildness?Read More
She never asked to be a star
MoJo cartoonist John Potter reminds: As the whole world waits, let's not forget what it's like for this venerable bear mama, a quarter century old, whose own greatest threat is....humans behaving badlyRead More
Wild nature isn't far away
When a pair of Great Horned owls set up nest along a busy road, Tim Crawford was there to photograph—and celebrate—them. Be it human or natural community, he says it's important to give a hootRead More
Is wildness the Antropocene's greatest trophy?
MoJo's The Week That Is: When it comes to recreational impacts, we have to look ourselves in the mirror—and that's probably why we deny we are displacing wildlifeRead More
Mindfulness is not typically a team sport
We've all been squeezed into tinier mental spaces by Covid. Timothy Tate says we can find center again by letting ourselves be vulnerable to quiet re-connectionRead More
Waiting, yearning for the rains to come
From Fort Peck, Montana, Lois Red Elk assesses the dry winter and pens a poem hoping prairie rain will soon be in sightRead More
Calvin Servheen out for a mountain ride
Calvin Servheen is passionate about nature. The young outdoor recreationist also believes there's a right, responsible way to respect the backcountry and creatures who live thereRead More
No where to go when stuck in the suburban maze
Robert Liberty is a nationally-respected expert on smart—and dumb—ways communities grow. The patterns of development outside of Yellowstone Park alarm him. But hope is not lost. Yet.Read More
Montana values in 2021
Cartoonist John Potter ponders the message Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte is sending to the rest of the country about his stateRead More
Is Montana setting back bison conservation 100 years?
Wildlife biologist, author and conservationist Jim Bailey sizes up what he calls "the full catastrophe" regarding Montana legislature's backward attitude toward bison. Will the controversial governor make them law?Read More
Nothing so defines the covid era as masks
A year after the pandemic reached the interior West and brought the globe to a standstill, this Bozeman resident survived her own brush with the virus. Now she looks backRead More
Elk and ag lands are imperiled in the eastern Gallatin Valley
The amazing images of Holly Pippel, a nature photographer from Gallatin Gateway, Montana, remind us what's at stake as Bozeman's boom threatens the persistence of wildlifeRead More
Explore loudly and leave a big track?
In his latest comic, MoJo cartoonist John Potter tackles the human footprint and ponders the difference between re-creation and recreationRead More
What do fishing pics say about us?
In MoJo's The Week That Is, we have a lively conversation about efforts to be kinder to fish when we pull them from the water and mug for the cameraRead More
Pando as barometer for aspen across the West?
Two ecologists pay tribute to one of the largest living organisms on Earth—an imperiled aspen tree that is also a mighty Western forestRead More
The new vision of "open space"?
Lee Nellis first wrote in Mountain Journal about the failures of conservation. Now he wants to provoke a real discussion about how not to become Colorado. Are we ready to take aversive action?Read More
Is 40 years of griz conservation being reversed?
In MoJo's The Week That Is, Wilkinson and Sadler discuss how state legislators are setting back wildlife conservation for griz, wolves and other iconic animalsRead More
Sen. Daines and. Deb Haaland
This week cartoonist John Potter lampoons US Sen. Steve Daines for seeking to block Deb Haaland from becoming first Native American interior secretaryRead More
Young Teddy the hunter
In MoJo's The Week That Is, Wilkinson and Sadler talk about how declines in hunter numbers nationwide are creating budget challenges for statesRead More
Heading to the bad old days for grizzlies?
Op-ed: Chris Servheen, longtime national head of grizzly recovery in Lower 48, says Montana, Idaho are degenerating into anti-predator hysteriaRead More
It's not easy being a native species in Montana
This week cartoonist John Potter lampoons the Montana legislature's backward bills taking aim at grizzlies, wolves and bisonRead More
The last stretch of winter can be the hardest part
Lois Red Elk offers a pair of poems about the promise and struggle end of winter bringsRead More
Why is Greater Yellowstone compared to the Serengeti?
Every one of us, who feels connected to America's 'wildlife Serengeti,' needs to rally or the wildness we treasure here will be lostRead More
Are dreams different in the West?
From visions to daydreams to the imagery that visits us in slumber, dreamscapes can reveal much about ourselves and how we're navigating the worldRead More
For Prugh, doors of opportunity close and open
For a young athlete, is it better to chase a spot at the top and fall short, or make the grade then get cut? In his ongoing series, Eddy Prugh's journey of hard knocks continuesRead More
399 and clan lured into harm's way by feeding
Controversial practice of humans nourishing wildlife raises concerns about country's most famous bruin and negative consequences for animalsRead More
Creating a lethal addiction
Whether out of perceived goodwill or ignorance, feeding wildlife can have deadly consequencesRead More
Is a wildlife migration corridor in this scene doomed to vanish?
Greater Yellowstone resident Rob Sisson pens an essay about his sorrow in watching a wapiti migration route vanish on the outskirts of Bozeman, MontanaRead More
US Rep Deb Haaland of New Mexico
In The Week That Is, Wilkinson and Sadler talk Interior Secretaries going back to the controversial tenure of Sagebrush Rebel James Watt of WyomingRead More
Deb Haaland is facing yet another glass ceiling
In this commentary, Shane Doyle (Apsáalooke) says first Native American nominated for cabinet post will consider present, future needs of all WesternersRead More
Outdoor recreation is bringing more people into the backcountry
In this op-ed, writer Phil Knight, a wilderness advocate for four decades, warns how Greater Yellowstone's remotest spots are being flooded by peopleRead More
Canmore could easily be Bozeman, Big Sky or Jackson, Wyo
In op-ed, former superintendent of Canada's oldest national park calls out development scheme that has many parallels in Greater YellowstoneRead More
Just like the TV melodrama?
Have you lived here long enough to call yourself local?Read More
What are we "saving" rivers for?
The Week That Is: If you ask river protectors you're likely to get different answers. Is growing recreation pressure a problem?Read More
Burr...Yellowstone, so cool, so magical
Deep in the frozen maw of America's first national park, Yellowstone winterkeeper Steven Fuller chronicles the aftermath of a snowstormRead More
When our paths perilously intersect
Mountain Journal cartoonist John Potter offers a grim reminder why safe wildlife passageways across highways are importantRead More
Inspiration caught and released
Caroline Price's art has assumed greater meaning, reminding us of the things that matter most. She knows by personal experienceRead More
On climate change, where do fibs end and truth begin?
The Week That Is: Sadler and Wilkinson talk Biden's climate plan, Cheney's censure and dismissing science unless it serves one's own political agendaRead More
Honor nature when she delivers awe
From Fort Peck, Lois Red Elk sends us a new poem about a sonorous hymn to mark the moment you become present in the mystery of the natural worldRead More
And we should ask the Q shaman: to do what?
Timothy Tate: What happened at the US Capitol is symptomatic of social anxieties that pervade politics and environmental issues, tooRead More
Meet MoJo's new cartoonist
Each Wednesday, in "It's All Relative," the Montana fine artist will explore issues shaping Greater Yellowstone and the West with sardonic truthRead More
Kissing the Gallatin's character goodbye?
John Potter's debut cartoon, "It's All Relative," looks wryly at a proposal to build a luxurious camping resort along the Gallatin RiverRead More
Can Trump turn Wyoming against Liz Cheney?
The Week That Is: Sadler and Wilkinson talk the fate of Cheney, fractures in GOP and Trump's attempt to turn Wyoming against herRead More
With climate change impairing habitat, wildlife will need more room to roam
MoJo interviews Dr. Cathy Whitlock about coming climate change impacts on nature and rural communities in WestRead More
How will the landscapes we know and love change?
How is Greater Yellowstone being impacted? A panel of distinguished experts will provide answers Wednesday as part of Big Sky Big Ideas Fest. You are invitedRead More
Sadler brings love of West into DC reporting
Monitoring what's happening in Washington DC has never been more important for policies shaping Greater Yellowstone and the WestRead More
Motor free, should those remote part of Yellowstone also be digital free?
As cell towers proliferate, allowing the internet and social media to penetrate remote landscapes, how come the public wasn't asked if it's a good idea?Read More
When wildlife meets tourist warriors
Last year, America's premier nature preserve notched visitor records in the absence of international tourism. Steven Fuller sizes up 2020Read More
When Washington was attacked in 1814
Op-ed: Wyoming groups say transparency, accountability essential not only for healthy society but for all that matters in Equality State and American WestRead More
Does it matter if a fish is native?
Hunters reject non-native species, even if they are wild, but why not all anglers when it comes to fish? Trout conservationist Bob Mallard dives into the issueRead More
George Washington in the Capitol
The words of former US Senator Al Simpson ring wiser after America's citadel was sackedRead More
How much do you actually know about wolves?
Biologist Val Asher offers amazing insights into the real, not mythological, wolf and how one of the largest packs in North America exists just beyond BozemanRead More
Where did you go in the Covid year?
For Susan Marsh, the year past was not a woeful one. She paints a portrait filled with colorful reminders of how the wild world remains both refuge and sanctuaryRead More
In Teton peaks leading to Mt. Doane
Gustavus Doane, who participated in Marias Massacre of more than 200 Blackfeet, has summits named after him in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parksRead More
'Valley of the Flowers" in our time
From crucial wildlife habitat to agrarian working lands, valleys between mountains in southwest Montana are under enormous development and recreation pressureRead More
Wapiti at National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole
Is a Chronic Wasting Disease 'super-spreader' event possible in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem? Experts say Wyoming, federal agencies have created conditions ripe for disasterRead More
With many families there is pause to remember those who have passed on
Elder Lois Red Elk shares a new poem about the start of winterRead More
Brokaw fielding questions instead of posing them
In The New West, Todd Wilkinson interviews Joseph O'Connor about his interview with Tom Brokaw on topics ranging from Trump to journalism and natureRead More
Secrets of future drought in Danger Cave?
Great Basin caves tell story linking climate change to "worse-case scenario" with potential impact on 56 million water usersRead More
Our playground is their home
April Craighead says between development and surging recreation pressure on public lands, nature is getting pounded around BozemanRead More
"Cold Night on the Yellowstone" by Jake Mosher
Bozeman photographer Jake Mosher wins prestigious prize for his portrayal of Yellowstone River following enigmatic path that led him back to nature's beautyRead More
A bull moose in Jackson Hole
A state highway in Wyoming has brought carnage for moose. The issues Luther Propst raises exist in nearly every corner of wildlife-rich Greater YellowstoneRead More
CWD confirmed in Gallatin Valley
Montana confirms dreaded cousin of Mad Cow detected in Gallatin, Paradise and northern Madison deer. Wyoming, meanwhile, will keep feedgrounds openRead More
Yellowstone when ecological ignorance ruled
As the country's first national park approaches its 150th birthday in 2022, Earle Layser reminds how its magic never gets a restRead More
High peaks in the Crazy Mountains
In his op-ed, Apsaalooke tribal member and scholar Shane Doyle asks Forest Service to tighten up protections and forbid expansion of proposed mountain biking trailsRead More
A red fox in the Hayden
During the pandemic, Americans ready or not have poured into public lands. But what does escape mean for a seasoned wanderer?Read More
Across the West, indigenous elders are in peril
Lois Red Elk, an elder at Fort Peck, worries about friends in her community as Covid bears down. Right now, generations are coming together in healing prayersRead More
Even in darkness there is light
For many, Timothy Tate says, gaining '2020 vision' has been traumatic. Let this holiday stretch bring reflection. The best gift you can give: listeningRead More
Bozeman, Montana in the American Serengeti
Analysis: Is this capital city of Greater Yellowstone, along with Gallatin County, becoming the poster children for how not to develop a wild corner of the American Serengeti?Read More
Downtown Dillon, Montana in the High Divide
The High Divide region of the Northern Rockies serves as a lens for thinking about the survival of communities and conservation in the struggling rural WestRead More
Grizzly 399, head of the Jackson Five
Bruin mama, considered most famous in the world, ventures into a danger zone, leaving human fans on pins and needlesRead More
The Bechler in Yellowstone's southwest corner
The Forest Service is upgrading a bumpy old dirt road leading to Yellowstone's magical Bechler. Ecologist Earle Layser says that's not a good thingRead More
Imagine looking for griz in Jackson Hole
You don't have to travel around the world! MoJo's fundraising auction features extraordinary adventure experiences in Greater Yellowstone's wildlands that will create memories for a lifetimeRead More
Griz spotted only a few miles from downtown Bozeman
Well, not only did it cause a commotion in Bozeman, it's forcing reflection on how human pressure is squeezing the life out of wildlife habitatRead More
The Uncompahgre Plateau managed by BLM
Some want his decisions tossed, too. William Perry Pendley's "acting" status as Bureau of Land Management head calls into question rulings on monuments, drilling and wildlife conservationRead More
Few rivers in our region weren't swamped under this year by human hordes
Sure, covid has caused a crush of anglers to descend on trout waters but Kirk Deeter says too much, even when it generates commerce, isn't good for nature or the experiences we treasureRead More
Valley of the Gods, stripped of monument protection
Patagonia made a film about America's great natural asset—our public lands—and it is raising a ruckus. We interview the Montana journalist who appears in it. You can also see the film here, now.Read More
The East Gallatin on the edge of Bozeman
Water shapes all our lives and it is the topic of free Bozeman Public Library SymBozium event. You're invited to listen to virtual discussion and ask questionsRead More
Hope takes flight on the wings of nature
This African version of Yellowstone bounces back and is featured in new PBS series. MoJo interviews Greg Carr who helped make the miracle happenRead More
Scott Poindexter treads where most turn away
Scott Poindexter is crossing the country to raise awareness for wildlife crossings. During a pit stop in Greater Yellowstone, he assessed the grim tollRead More
When playing days appear to end, what's next?
Bozeman's Eddy Prugh played alongside and earned praise from Danny Mwanga, the top player in US college soccer, but still had to survive the short-sightedness of a coach. He didn'tRead More
An African version of our griz
Greater Yellowstone conservationist Phil Knight heads to the Serengeti and returns with more concern about the plight of species in our own wild neighborhoodRead More
Powerful animal augery
As a native community loses elders to covid, Lois Red Elk shares an old story about young warriors who want to live a long lifeRead More
Will Teton Valley fill in like Bozeman and southern Jackson Hole?
A veteran rural land use planner says we need a new narrative to save the wild American West and the essence of local communitiesRead More
Two indigenous riders, Edward Curtis photo
Frontier racism and injustice prompted legal action that still ripples across America involving native hunting and fishing rights. Red Lodge writer John Clayton takes a deep diveRead More
Wolf 21: Leader of the pack
Ted Kerasote review Rick McIntyre's 'The Reign of Wolf 21,' a dramatic sequel to the Yellowstone naturalist's critically-acclaimed debut about the most famous lobos on earthRead More
Bannack, once a mining boomtown now a ghost town
Wyoming Public Media podcast enters second season with provocative line-up of stories ranging from modern ghost towns to race and communities confronting globalismRead More
How can you eat great local food to end hunger?
As covid impacts deepen, supporting Fork & Spoon is a tasty, satisfying way to fight hunger and enhance human dignity.Read More
How do we escape the dark shadow?
As two Americas protest against each other, Timothy Tate in this op-ed says the only remedy is to confront the national shadow we've created. And it starts with each of us looking inward at ourselvesRead More
When rise is the only antidote to heaviness
Terry Tempest Williams featured in The New York Times reading her 'obituary for the land.' She implores us: Let it not be trueRead More
Griz pursues bull elk in Yellowstone
A grizzly bear preys on a bull elk in Yellowstone. Rare to see, it's one of the things that makes Greater Yellowstone extraordinaryRead More
Are we saying goodbye to some forest types?
With climate change we are confronting real-life ecological cliffhangers, disrupting nature as our ancestors knew itRead More
What's next step in remarkable success story?
Randy Newberg is host of some of the most popular hunting shows on social media in America. He reflects on stalking wapiti in grizzly country and Montana's strategy for guiding bruin conservationRead More
Wildlife dwells in the solitude humans seek out only for themselves
MoJo's college journalist intern Lorea Zabaleta interviews a quartet of her young contemporaries about the competition for space in the backcountryRead More
Is wildness only good if we can capitalize on it?
The late Michael Soulé, godfather of conservation biology, offered this critique of 'New Conservation" and its consequences for regions like Greater YellowstoneRead More
What's rarer: wild places or places to ride?
Patagonia publishes essay from BIKE Magazine contributing editor Michael Ferrentino on our perceived right to ride where we want. Hint: He dismisses it.Read More
Boiling River: a wildlife habitat sacrifice zone
In this thought-provoking piece, Lesli Allison, head of the Western Landowners Alliance, says people who play need to realize wildlife conservation and recreation are not the sameRead More
How do you assess Roosevelt's legacy?
Charlie Quimby reviews David Gessner's new book 'Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt's American Wilderness'Read More
How should communities deal with loss of place?
Timothy Tate suspects that the famed phrase, coined for Montana by Bill Kittredge and Annick Smith, stands for values now under siegeRead More
Do wildlife killing contests give hunting a bad rap?
In this op-ed, two sportsmen and conservationists condemn the controversial hunting practice of awarding prizes to those who kill the most animals for funRead More
Another incredible place being loved to death
What has the Covid age spawned? While problems exist in all corners of public land West, naturalist Susan Marsh looks at impacts in Jackson HoleRead More
Wildlife is what sets the region apart globally
How is industrial-strength outdoor recreation and amenity development better than resource extraction it is replacing?Read More
There's no island escape from climate change
Mountain Journal intern Lorea Zabaleta was given this task as a college student. And it prompted her to reflect in this op-ed on challenges facing her native Greater YellowstoneRead More
"Gombe," grandson of a famous chimp Goodall studied
Covid-19 spawns worries about health of our primate cousins. Tom Mangelsen photograph selected to help celebrate Goodall's 60-year connection to African wildlife preserveRead More
Public elk on a private ranch
New report illuminates clash between ranchers and disease-carrying elk that has huge implications for a famous Montana valley, migrating wildlife and a scenic corridor to YellowstoneRead More
Historic Gardiner, Montana more than a century ago
Gardiner, Montana may be reeling but with this year being its 140th anniversary, a local elected official says it's the perfect time to stage a rallyRead More
How should Roosevelt and Muir be regarded today?
Head of Sierra Club calls out organization's towering co-founder as racist, says conservation movement needs to address harm it has caused to people of colorRead More
Grizzly mother with cub
Robert Aland, a tax attorney from Chicago, credits bears with turning him into a citizen advocate for nature—as he believes all residents, even part-timers, should beRead More
Prugh boots a shot
Eddy Prugh was a soccer phenom in Bozeman, Montana. Then, on the way home from playing in Bolivia, two emails gave him butterflies in the gutRead More
Federally protected for a little while longer
What the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in its high-profile ruling and what it means for the most iconic population of bears in the worldRead More
Inland from Waikiki
A veteran journalist reflects on Hawaii and what it portends for other Shangri-las like Greater YellowstoneRead More
Are wildlife conservationists doing enough to scrutinize bad development?
Opinion: George Monbiot, one of the foremost nature writers in the world, tells a story set in England that has parallels to Greater YellowstoneRead More
Rising visitation has put a strain on Yellowstone's infrastructure
In this op-ed, Stephanie Adams of the National Parks Conservation Association explains what passage of the bill does for public landsRead More
A view through the limbs of 'the Wedding tree'
How Susan Marsh, a Greater Yellowstonean, is finding summer solace in her renewed gratitude for public landsRead More
A Yellowstone griz
The park's first human-bear incident of 2020 happened near Old FaithfulRead More
The Forest Service's first African-American woman forester reflects on sexual assault, justice denied, and racism in one of the country’s premier land management agenciesRead More
Like climbing a religious cathedral?
Just because one culture dismisses the sacredness of a site does that mean it isn't? A young climber reflects on native reverence for a monolith that mountaineers regard as a fine place to playRead More
How might history have changed?
It could have happened. A descendent in the same blood line as Crazy Horse reflects on the Corps of Discovery staying alive and William Clark's racist attitudesRead More
What her story and that of others tells us about the impacts of recreation on sensitive speciesRead More
A wolf and magpies feast on a carcass
Writer Kate Hill explores why it's important for conservation groups to protect rancher identity in times of livestock lossRead More
Up Tom Miner, two- and four-legged families live side by side
Writer Jessianne Castle profiles a ranching family near Yellowstone where grizzlies and wolves come with the terrainRead More
The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in Montana and Wyoming
Hank Rate remembers when the Custer-Gallatin National Forest stalled wilderness protection and abandoned conservation in favor of getting the cut outRead More
The Gallatins as viewed from the Absarokas
Dorothy Bradley says wilderness campaign for Gallatin Range deserves better than Gallatin Forest Partnership offers. She says Forest Service needs to have bigger vision too.Read More
Young people are showing up in the West
In Rockies, Forward Montana empowers leaders to confront injustice, navigate corona uncertainty, and challenge economic disparity. One of its staffers explains howRead More
The still-untrammeled Gallatins
As a seasonal backcountry ranger-naturalist in adjacent Yellowstone, Orville "Butch" Bach has witnessed change coming to the region for decades—and fewer spots left untouched by peopleRead More
Seeking vibes of the earth
Two poems to usher in summer by Lois Red Elk (Dakota/Lakota) as we contemplate the wisdom of Taku WakanRead More
More trail users the new normal?
Scribe Dwight Harriman sought peace and quiet only to find hordes of people from Bozeman invading his wild back yard seeking the same thingRead More
The Badger-Two Medicine
Kendall Edmo rises to help defend the Badger-Two Medicine from energy developmentRead More
Parents or kids: who calls the shots?
As a soccer player in Bozeman, Montana, Eddy Prugh knew his chances of playing D-1 (and going pro) were a long shot. Then he realized he had to leave—the country!Read More
What does Big Sky's maze of development mean for wildness in Gallatins and Madisons?
Big Sky is considered one of the biggest environmental challenges in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and its impacts are spilling into the wild GallatinsRead More
The Buffalo Horn drainage
As animal highways important to Yellowstone Park, Bart Koehler says they are also the Gallatins' beating wild heart—and deserve protectionRead More
A pronghorn runs a barbed-wire gauntlet
Franz Camenzind reflects on a premonition he had long ago that provided a lesson in how the straight-lined human world collides with the pathways of wildlifeRead More
Wild Gallatins with Tetons in distance
For this American mountain range vital to Yellowstone's world-class wildlife, Bart Koehler reflects on why protecting it is one of the most important conservation issues in the WestRead More
The Gallatins: wilder than most national parks in the West
Stretching between Yellowstone National Park and Bozeman, the Gallatins are the only mountains rimming Yellowstone without significant wilderness protection. Will the Forest Service show vision?Read More
At Dornan's there is quiet but no solace
A young Jackson Hole businessperson carrying on a family tradition fears that for many re-opening Yellowstone and Grand Teton to visitors could come too little too lateRead More
Covid-19 is a reminder that we need to think ahead in a big way
The arrival of novel coronavirus, two scientists say, is forcing us to move beyond short-term thinking—the exact thing preventing us from dealing with the climate change futureRead More
CWD is spreading across the country
Forget, for a moment, Covid-19 and bats. Epidemiologists say we need to take seriously this wildlife version of Mad Cow rapidly spreading across the country. First in a new investigative seriesRead More
Dr. Beaky of Rome
In a real-life potboiler, Sarah DeOpsomer pens a personal journal about Covid-19's arrival in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and waiting for her own (positive) test results to come inRead More
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Yellowstone's Lamar Valley
Thirty years ago, the Greater Yellowstone's first attempt at having a grand vision to protect the ecosystem turned into a whimper. What happened? A first-hand account from a civil servant who was thereRead More
Words at Story Mill Park in Bozeman
It's normal to feel stressed out and alone, so what can we do about it? Timothy Tate, Bozeman psychotherapist, shares a few thoughts about creating the transformation we needRead More
Brokaw thinks FDR would rise to coronavirus challenge
Legendary NBC newsman and longtime Greater Yellowstone resident reflects on values of 'The Greatest Generation'Read More
A cowboy petroglyph written over ancient art predating it
In this excerpt from Betsy Gaines Quammen's new book 'American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God & Public Lands in the West,' the author explores how Utah became the center of anti-federalismRead More
Montana novelist Russell Rowland
Behind the pages: Charlie Denison interviews Montana writer Russell Rowland about a novel set in Paradise ValleyRead More
Group selfies at the Upper Falls
Critics condemn Trump's top public land cabinet minister for telling people to visit Yellowstone and other parks during a pandemic. UPDATE: Yellowstone and Grand Teton closed Tuesday, March 24 until further noticeRead More
Scott brought back to the light
Buried for more than an hour and resigned to the worst, a skier recounts his dramatic rescue. It's a tale especially important for those headed into the backcountryRead More
Kerasote and Pukka
Western towns are dog-crazy hamlets. As award-winning author Ted Kerasote notes, we need to think carefully about their social interactions, tooRead More
Pedulla with Grizzly 399
A young Italian sends a warning to his contemporary Millennial and Gen Z peers in the Northern RockiesRead More
Greater Yellowstone won't be saved without a vision
The ecosystem holding America's first national park is facing whirlwind changes. The slowdown could be the wake-up call we need.Read More
Steve Fuller ready for the big dig out
In the isolation of America's first national park, Steve Fuller and other winterkeepers carry on their age-old task of preventing roofs from collapsingRead More
Yochim spent his last hours devoted to Yellowstone's protection
Until his last breath, former ranger, hiker and nature advocate Mike Yochim raced to finish a book aimed at protecting America's first national parkRead More
Is bear baiting a hazard for grizzlies?
Many say the controversial hunting practice violates ethical tenets of fair chair and runs counter to safe food storage guidelines in grizzly country. George Nickas offers this op-ed critiqueRead More
Where are these times taking us?
Lois Red Elk writes of a warrior, her father and how humans need to dream themselves wholeRead More
Anker and Tate featured in New Yorker
Pondering the toll, Bozeman climbing legend Conrad Anker and psychotherapist Timothy Tate featured in latest New Yorker Magazine profileRead More
Will northern Britain be rewilded with wolves?
In the absence of predators, deer numbers exploded. After environmentalist George Monbiot killed one for population control, animal rights activists howledRead More
US Senate candidate Cora Neumann
Cora Neumann, a first-time candidate who worked with First Ladies on both sides of the political aisle, aims to unseat one of the richest lawmakers on Capitol HillRead More
Mountains in the heart of Greater Yellowstone
Joe Scalia says conservationists should rally around better vision for Gallatins that holds Forest Service's feet to the fire and results in more WildernessRead More
How can development co-exist with wild nature?
To protect the best of Greater Yellowstone, Lori Ryker says humans need to practice real intelligent design and make sure nature registersRead More
The still-wild Gallatins
Interest groups believe their plan offers a real chance to secure permanent protection for the Wild GallatinsRead More
One path to your writing muse?
Layser creative writing and journalism fellowship offers $3500 to person who wants to tell Greater Yellowstone stories. Application deadline is March 11, 2020Read More
Imagine the mountains without plants
For naturalist Susan Marsh, winter is a great season for reflecting on what's out of sight and mind—and how each of us can appreciate new worldsRead More
When canned garden harvests made winter fun
For poet Lois Red Elk, the aromas of her grandmother's kitchen created bonds that still waft across generationsRead More
America's version of the Serengeti
New report on Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by scholar Robert Keiter identifies major challenges threatening its healthRead More
What is the deeper import of wilderness?
Writing from the southern Rockies, Molly Murfee shares her disappointment with how some young people think about wildernessRead More
What is the best way to protect an elephant?
In Gorongosa National Park, her country's iconic equivalent of Yellowstone, Gabriela Curtiz becomes the first woman tourism guide in local history. Part 1 in her ongoing series, "Gaby's Journey"Read More
Mike Clark saw MLK Jr. in action
Receiving honorary doctorate, Mike Clark tells college graduates American democracy at turning point; meanwhile, Diana Blank bestowed with MSU President's MedallionRead More
Natural gas development on public land in Wyoming
Special Report: The National Environmental Policy Act benefits the lives of all Americans every day. So why is the Trump Administration weakening It?Read More
Timothy Tate examines the kinds of transformation many seekRead More
Carlisle Indian Industrial School: What was taught there?
Poet Lois Red Elk offers two works that speak of reverence for ancestry, family, culture, spirit and Mitakuye OyasinRead More
Australia's state of Victoria on fire
Distinguished American climate change scientist Michael Mann writes form the front row of the blazes Down UnderRead More
Steven Fuller in his element
Off the beaten path, Steven Fuller reveals the national park unknown to most of the massesRead More
A Fuller family member on the fractured ice of Yellowstone Lake
Legendary 'winterkeeper' Steven Fuller returns with his MoJo column about life in American wonderlandRead More
The Buffalo Horn, a special place for wildlife
By the wildlife they hold, the Gallatin Mountains are wilder than most national parks in the Lower 48. So why are the Forest Service and enviro groups balking at more extensive protections?Read More
Historic anniversary: the pack's been back for 25 years
Park Service veteran Norm Bishop tried to prepare citizens in the Yellowstone region for wolves. Today he reflects on what we've learned as Colorado considers bringing Canis lupus backRead More
MoJo interviews Scott McMillion, publisher/owner of Montana Quarterly, praised as one of the best regional magazines still made of paper in AmericaRead More
Rusmore's "Up Hyalite Canyon"
For painter Barbara Rusmore, the restorative power of nature is a catalyst for art and advocacyRead More
Drawing of deer hunt, late 16th century
Poet Lois Red Elk shares her concern about how Chronic Wasting Disease may affect the animals rooted deep in indigenous cultureRead More
Feral hogs coming to the Rockies
Seriously, while Montana, Wyoming and Idaho are currently free of rogue swine "herds," they're headed this wayRead More
How do we pay the gift of nature forward?
Writer Susan Marsh marks the passage of this year, reflecting on having "enough," advocacy and exuding gratitudeRead More
The richest per capita outpost in America
What if the average per capita local income was $250,000? In Teton County, Wyoming, it's true, but you know what they say about statistics, ehRead More
The spellbinding Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
'Voices of Yellowstone's Capstone: A Narrative Atlas of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness' is a must-have trove of words pictures and mapsRead More
The ancestors of Shane Doyle
Long before the Absaroka-Beartooths became a federal wilderness and before Yellowstone was called 'wonderland,' they were home ground to the Crow. An essay by Shane DoyleRead More
A cow elk in Yellowstone
For the first time ever, CWD has been confirmed in Montana wapiti. How might it affect America's most iconic concentration of big game animals?Read More
Ben Williamson of the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative has ideas that challenge the way his elders have approached conservation. Read the MoJo interviewRead More
Former head of Greater Yellowstone Coalition and current MoJo board member Mike Clark to receive honorary doctorate from MSURead More
A mountain bluebird
As Phil Knight writes, human-animal curiosity and contact extends both waysRead More
Pacific Northwest salmon populations are collapsing. What is the best way to resuscitate them? Two experts debate.Read More
A Yellowstone bison descended from survivors
Outdoor recreation in America is worth nearly $1 trillion annually but like any consumptive industry, it can make nature a casualtyRead More
As an advisor to The North Face, psychotherapist Timothy Tate discusses wellness within the context of outdoor adventure athletes. What can the rest of us learn?Read More
What's the cause of skinny grizzlies in Canada?
Another reminder that all grizzly foods aren't equal. When you lose one, as has been shown in Greater Yellowstone, it can disorder things at an ecosystem levelRead More
Human character reflected in how we treat animals
"Our Wild Calling," the new "game-changing" book by Richard Louv, explores why our connection with other species is good for society, our mental health and the wild places that matter to usRead More
More strands in the world-wide web
In this season of transition, Lois Red Elk reminds how humankind is reflected in the stories of wamakhashkaRead More
Bison-inspired conservation and business
How Ted Turner's bison restaurants, inspired by Montana, have cast big green ripples nationwideRead More
Riding high near the Tetons
A veteran Forest Service backcountry specialist reflects on how her agency is dealing with growing human pressureRead More
The President and his defender Liz Cheney
Every elected leader faces a choice: tell the truth and do what's right for country and civility or deepen the divideRead More
Bozeman from a balloon
Bozeman, Montana is now one of America's 'It' cities. Here, a real estate firm bravely riffs on why people are moving awayRead More
Photo courtesy Glacier NPS
MoJo columnist Jordan Payne says righteousness alone won't convince young people to support landscape protectionRead More
What can Wyoming learn from Jackson Hole?
Compared to her Rocky Mountain neighbors, the state is the only one losing people. Wyoming's leaders have some soul-searching to doRead More
Jackson Hole: a place unlike any other
Will "collaboration as usual" save America's most iconic ecosystem or it is time for new leaders touting a braver new vision?Read More
Photo courtesy Anders Helberg, altered by MoJo staff.
When adults see the young Swede, Timothy Tate says, they catch a glimpse of their own childrens' anger staring back from the futureRead More
Forests rimming Centennial Valley
A former Forest Service Chief and the national head of Trout Unlimited recall the motivation behind an amazing act of conservation that could be undone by TrumpRead More
What does 'homeland' mean to you?
Lois Red Elk writes about protest and the tormented ghost of a soldier who helped take her homelandRead More
Doig in his Montana element
Robert Patrick, a Doig fan and end-of-life-physician, writes of what he found in the famous author's journalsRead More
Doig's spirit springs to life in the MSU Library Archives, revealing his literary triumphs, fears and what lay in his heartRead More
Grizzly on a carcass
Just as life vests are required for boaters and wearing orange for rifle hunters, Mike Bader says bear spray ought to be compulsory tooRead More
Rugged lines of the Gallatin
History shows those pushing for mountain bikes in wilderness have no factual traction. Read this excerpt of Todd Burritt's book on Greater YellowstoneRead More
The Bridger Wilderness in Wyoming
Todd Burrit, former wilderness ranger, goes on a long wander in Greater Yellowstone and emerges as a protectorRead More
What kind of "place" is this?
Susan Marsh riffs eloquently on connecting to place, loss of place and what's worth saving. Are we in Greater Yellowstone listening?Read More
A bull elk in Yellowstone
Opinion: John Goodell says a new bill, "The Recovering America's Wildlife Act," offers a game-changing path forward. What you need to knowRead More
Photo courtesy Flickr userJoe Haupt, https://www.flickr.com/people/51764518@N02/
Larry Desjardin examines impact of Interior Department executive order opening gate for e-bikes in national parks, wildlife refuges and BLM lands. Are national forests next?Read More
Lift your mug to elephants
How your morning brew can save lions, elephants, people and keep the miracle of Gorongosa alive.Read More
Is wildness only about us?
For writer Rick Bass, dignity can be measured where nature is allowed to persist without impetuous interference. Another installment in our Sounds Of Silence series.Read More
Danielle Oyler teaches bear essentials
Danielle Oyler teaches people how to live and recreate smarter around places where bears live. How knowledgeable are you?Read More
A young environmental writer interviews two heroes, Conrad Anker and Craig Mathews, about their own evolution as defendersRead More
Is a new "Greatest Generation" rising?
During his life, MoJo columnist Tim Crawford says there has never been a more important time to stand up, than nowRead More
What's the essence of your journey?
Timothy Tate treks into the Yellowstone backcountry and ruminates on an ethic present in three generationsRead More
A daydream for Mike Person
Mike Person, a Montana-born lineman for the San Francisco 49ers, finds peace where trout dwellRead More
Standby Snow tackles fire and melting glaciers
Mountain Time Arts takes on climate change by making it visceral, not abstract, for Greater YellowstoneansRead More
A bald eagle feasts on a carcass
Eliminating lead bullets isn't anti-hunting, experts say; it's being pro-human and wildlife health. Franz Camenzind asks: what sportsman would be opposed to that?Read More
A bison in Yellowstone
Poet Lois Red Elk writes of buffalo dreams becoming fulfilled and rumbling spirits finding a way homeRead More
A Greater Yellowstone grizzly
Book review: Researcher's new riveting memoir takes us back to a fateful day in 1977 when mauling in Gallatin Mountains of Yellowstone brought him global attentionRead More
In his new memoir, 'One of Us,' bear biologist Barrie Gilbert recounts his own brutal grizzly attack and the reasons behind his passion for large landscape conservationRead More
Despite claims by the Trump Administration and some politicians that the public desperately wanted the ESA reformed, that isn't what citizens say in surveysRead More
Michael Yochim, photo by Janet Hesselbarth
Stricken with ALS—aka Lou Gehrig's Disease—author of new book on Yellowstone gives MoJo interview to talk about park and stories that need tellingRead More
A Wildlife Services 'cyanide bomb'
Despite coming under increasing pressure, EPA remains noncommittal to abolishing deadly M-44s used to kill predators that eat livestock on public landRead More
What happens if NEPA is overhauled?
Instead of a improving a landmark environmental law, changes appear designed to flout environmental standards, says award-winning former Forest Service veteranRead More
William Perry Pendley
Columnist Tim Crawford says if you worried about former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Pendley is more frighteningRead More
Nature is a wellspring where empathy is learned
In a time of rising social anxiety and mass violence, empathy seems in short supply. Exposure to wild places can revive itRead More
Conservation makes good business sense
A leading business entrepreneur says investment necessary to maintain healthy outdoor economy, wildlife in northern Rockies and high quality of lifeRead More
MoJo summer intern Jordan Payne explores the multiple ways, for good and bad, that social media is affecting the way we interface with the wild outdoorsRead More
Embracing nature on one's own authentic terms
A young woman of color in the West craves her connections to nature but struggles with the fact it doesn't always feel safeRead More
What happened here?
From the Battle of Pierre's Hole to a debate over an offensive high school mascot, Teton Valley is a perfect place for historical reflectionRead More
Stopping A Yellowstone Hetch-Hetchy: When Private Interests Nearly Put Parts Of America's First National Park Under Water
Imagine Yellowstone Lake left transformed by a dam.
In this excerpt from John Taliaferro's new book on George Bird Grinnell, local efforts to exploit Yellowstone remind us again that past is preludeRead More
What more do you see at slower speed?
How trail therapy delivers a perfect dose of meaningRead More
Why A Group In Jackson Hole, Devoted To Unbridled Adventure, Conservation And Diversity, Is Under Fire
Why is Greater Yellowstone extraordinary?
SHIFT can still have real impact but only if it is willing to shift itselfRead More
George Bird Grinnell: His Impact As "The Father of American Conservation" Written Across Today's West
Grinnell on the ice field bearing his name
John Taliaferro's "Grinnell: America's Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West" is epic, entertaining and importantRead More
Columbus leads an immigrant invasion
Lois Red Elk, 500-generation Dakota/Lakota, writes about getting her 'Cobell check' and 500 years of injusticeRead More
What did natives call the Snake River?
Place names matter, even when describing the ineffable and especially if monikers provide cover for cultural amnesiaRead More
Making a memory that will attract bigger crowds?
Photographs and videos being shared on social media are causing hideaways to get overrun. So what can be done?Read More
A coal strip-mine outside Gillette
Cursing at the wind? The more that its elected officials dig in their heels for coal, the further behind Wyoming falls in people and durable job creationRead More
The still-wild Gallatin Mountains
A veteran of the American Wilderness movement says the debate over protecting the Gallatin Mountain Range near Yellowstone should not be a means for rationalizing further loss of wildlandsRead More
Jackson Hole is on the front lines of a new reality: As Susan Marsh notes, we are rapidly running roughshod over the things that bring us to Greater YellowstoneRead More
Should the Pacific Northwest Trail be re-routed in the Yaak Valley to insure habitat for an imperiled population of grizzlies remains protected?Read More
Why is it so hard for younger folk to embrace restraint in our consumption of nature? Is a new form of 'athletic Manifest Destiny' upon us? Timothy Tate ruminates.Read More
Rose-colored lenses for the New West?
Mountain Journal intern Jordan Payne gets a crash course on the New West and titanic forces shaping its futureRead More
Amy Irvine's response to Desert Solitaire
Charlie Quimby reviews 'Desert Cabal,' Amy Irvine's semi-reverential take-down of Cactus Ed, environmental hero and flawed human, like all of usRead More
What is good trail etiquette?
From dog-related issues to rude human behavior and worse, swelling numbers of users result in increasing complaintsRead More
New superintendent of America's oldest national park lays out priorities, discussing everything from grizzlies, wolves and bison to snarled road traffic and other threatsRead More
MoJo summer intern Jordan Payne
Meet Mountain Journal intern Jordan Payne. He's bringing fresh young eyes in writing about America's most iconic wildland ecosystemRead More
As Tom France writes, Congressman Mike Simpson of Idaho emerges as an unlikely hero and he believes it's time to actRead More
Migrating elk in Wyoming
Region's amazing migration corridors and Western working lands are co-dependent. As Lesli Allison writes, 'to ensure either thrives, both must persist'Read More
Charles M. Russell's bison masterpiece
The rescue of America's national land mammal is considered one of the greatest conservation success stories ever and yet it's hard to find many wild herds on the mapRead More
Following the tragic loss of young climber Jess Roskelley, Timothy Tate explores the connection between loss and the sacredness of living a life true to oneselfRead More
How will elk fare with CWD?
Andrew Dobson discusses the consequences of artificially feeding elk in Wyoming, the positive role of predators in confronting disease and worries related to CWDRead More
Eagle and rabbit
Two poems by Lois Red Elk remind that neither we, nor animals, are "others" in the natural worldRead More
Mountain Pursuit, founded by former journalist and fifth-generation Wyomingite Rob Shaul, expresses outrage over, among other things, the brutal treatment of coyotes and decline of fair chase in huntingRead More
How can some western communities and wildlands save their essence during booms, how do others prevent themselves from blowing away? A gathering in Bozeman will address these poles of the 'New West'Read More
Wild heart of the Gallatins
Founder of Patagonia joins former U.S. Interior Secretary and dozens of eminent scientists who say capital "W" essential to safeguarding wildlife in core of Greater YellowstoneRead More
A wolverine painting by Robin Murray
Mountain Journal interviews researcher Rebecca Watters on efforts to save wolverines halfway around the worldRead More
A wind farm in the West
As Lance Olsen notes, the renewable energy revolution is just beginning but scaling it also requires massive earthmovingRead More
The Palisades Wilderness Study Area south of Jackson Hole
Wyoming Wilderness Association turns 40 and four dynamic young women are reinvigorating the wilderness spirit when so much is on the line in Greater YellowstoneRead More
Jackson Hole: a wild or human maze?
Award-winning writer Susan Marsh, a former Forest Service naturalist and wildlands manager, expresses worry that is on the minds of many in her famous valleyRead More
Greta Thunberg is worried about her future
MoJo columnist Lance Olsen says the world's youth have ample reasons to question the selfishness of their eldersRead More
Keeping our towns special begins with us
Want more journalism devoted to defending America's crown jewel ecosystem? Support "Give Big" to MoJo and all of the non-profits doing good work at the intersection of people and natureRead More
Robert Staffanson on a Montana cattle drive half a century ago.
An old wrangler looks back on his life as he nears the end of the trail. Bob Staffanson, who founded The Billings Symphony and later became known as "the Cowboy Conductor" in New England and Europe, grew up herding cattle in Montana. It was the unshakable imprint of the West that brought him home. Staffanson reflects on the current president, the resilience of Western women, and the definition of a real cowboy.Read More
Seeing a turtle in youth means having a long, purposeful life
Montana's acclaimed poet of the prairie beholds the patterns of nature and finds solace in the power of turtleRead More
Hiking is part of Montana's soaring recreation economy
Gallatin County, Montana is one of the fastest-growing non-urban counties in America but is there a plan to deal with the deluge?Read More
MoJo columnist Timothy Tate, a psychotherapist and consultant to The North Face adventure team, examines why some court risk and others get exhilaration by watching others take chancesRead More
Peering into the environmental prism: optimism or pessimism?
Despite major environmental challenges, Brian Yablonski writes in this op-ed that there are many reasons to reject doom and gloom—and embrace hopeRead More
Seventy years after A Sand County Almanac was published, what would 'the godfather of modern ecological thinking' say about battles over predators, recreation and environmental justice?Read More
Old-growth trees in Greater Yellowstone can be hard to find
As hip mountain towns struggle to make a place for worker bees, Lance Olsen says our tax code, the timber industry and developers aren't focused on real solutionsRead More
Like Search and Rescue for those lost in the woods, people facing addiction or mental illness can also require the assistance of people who care. Psychotherapist Timothy Tate explores the deep impact of intervention.Read More
In Yellowstone, what are odds of getting mauled?
First grizzly-human encounter reminds us of value of bear spray and the long odds of getting attackedRead More
A Yellowstone bull elk navigates winter
Annual wapiti survey: apart from wolves and other wildlife meat eaters, a formidable predator is winterRead More
Mangelsen's "Catch of the Day"
Renowned Jackson Hole photographer inspires masses, including famous friends, to rally in defense of nature. His work now featured in national museum tourRead More
The Padlock Ranch
Wyoming rancher Heyneman, who grew up near Fishtail, Montana, has a personal family connection to the legendary Padlock Ranch and once left a big impression on Wallace StegnerRead More
A grassroots expression on the prairie
With a grand vision for rewilding native species in eastern Montana, APR is spurring a huge debate over bison, private property rights, federalism and the survival of rural communitiesRead More
What is the impact of recreation on wild country?
Mountain bikers and hikers with dogs can bring huge spatial intrusions into wildlife habitatRead More
Open space reminds us what's at stake.
Ag lands play a critical role in maintaining the integrity of Montana's fastest-growing valley. This is the first piece in an ongoing series touting the important role private land protection groups play in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem—and beyondRead More
Thousands of elk on feed in Jackson Hole
With Chronic Wasting Disease likely already on refuge, action is claimed as necessary to prevent disastrous disease outbreak amongst America's most famous elk herdRead More
Ashleigh Scully's photo of brown bears
Ashleigh Scully is a rising Millennial star in wildlife photography. Enjoy a Mountain Journal interview with the conservation-minded phenom
Getting old need not be a season of dread. As Timothy Tate says, it can be an opportunity to embrace who we areRead More
A massive open-pit coal mine in Wyoming
Lance Olsen boils down a familiar old battle to its basics as sabers rattle among coal interests in Wyoming and MontanaRead More
Greater Yellowstone: a cradle of American conservation
What does it say about us when we have leaders who don't have the courage to act?Read More
A wolf in Yellowstone
MoJo columnist Susan Marsh waxes on how we 'harvest' living things to avoid admitting we're taking their livesRead More
Bunched-up wapiti at National Elk Refuge
"CWD is gonna be a helluva wildlife problem even if disease doesn't reach livestock and humans," Osterholm says. He criticizes Wyoming for continuing to operate controversial elk feedgroundsRead More
Photo courtesy NPS / Adams
A contrast between two different organizations—one devoted to tackling real issues shaping our region, the other running away from hard discussions about growing impacts of industrial-strength recreationRead More
The future effects of Jackson Hole spillover?
Never mind Greater Yellowstone's super volcano, there's already an epic explosion occurring in some corners of the ecosystem. And it's called growthRead More
Anna Vanuga finding grounding
For Anna Vanuga, leaving Wyoming for Montana unearthed a new life through art. Her story will touch your heartRead More
Imagine this as a creative muse
First-ever Greater Yellowstone Fellowship Offers $3500 to creatively explore America's most iconic ecosystemRead More
Cursed cars: a Millennial tourist, among the record-breaking masses, admits to being profoundly disappointed by his front country experience in America's first national parkRead More
What drives your guilt and shame?
By courting the images that come to us during sleep and drawing upon their messages, our dreams within can help us achieve more meaningful, peaceful outer livesRead More
With a sense of urgency, feisty spirit and an incredible eye, this talented witness turns wild trout and salmon into art muses for conservationRead More
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.Read More
MoJo columnist Rebecca Watters returns from a research mission to Mongolia where she tracked lobos, leopards and wolverinesRead More
Climate has huge ecological and economic consequences
By not confronting the causes of climate change, we're setting ourselves up for huge economic and ecological impacts. A comprehensive analysis by Lance Olsen on this and the Green New DealRead More
Silence no longer
Erika Ross gives a speech that lays out the magnitude of violence committed against women in Indian Country. Why has it taken so long to address this grave injustice?Read More
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming
With climate change, public land issues and other important matters before House Resources Committee, will lawmakers swear to God that they'll be seeking the truth?Read More
A Greater Yellowstone wolf
Is fined $5000, receives probation and prohibited from killing wolves for a year. Also calls attention to larger issue of sport hunts allowed near national park bordersRead More
Life after government: Mike Gurnett celebrates wildlife in metal after being a spokesman for the natural worldRead More
What dreams may come?
Flowing forth from the streams of our unconsciousness are insights sometimes more profound and visions more real than what we know when our eyes are openRead More
Wisdom of Youth: Teenager Florence Doyle brings powerful remembrance from Indian Country at 2019 Women's MarchRead More
"Earthrise," a view from Apollo 8
MoJo columnist Susan Marsh reflects on the value of reflection. We all need to stop and pauseRead More
Wyss: now is the time to rally
Giving Back To Greater Yellowstone Can Also Mean Not Taking The Things That Sustain ItRead More
"Young Wolf" by John Nieto
Lois Red Elk Tells Different Tales From "Little Red Riding Hood"Read More
Artwork courtesy John Felsing
Timothy Tate: Just as the backcountry brings perils, so, too, the mental space filled with charged emotions at the start of a new year.Read More
The late Robert T. Fanning
Former Chicago businessman moved to Montana to hunt big game and enjoyed fame as a hater of lobosRead More
A grizzly searching for connection?
When it comes to true recovery for America's most famous bruins, the focus is not on numbers but biological connectivityRead More
The Anderson Ranch photo by Louise Johns
At the Anderson Ranch, "learning/adventure vacations" bring people together through fun, wildlife and stories shared around a campfireRead More
If only Westerners had more rakes?
But MoJo columnist Steve Primm, a volunteer firefighter, says it's more important to heed the burning factsRead More
Marysville, a ghost town
Whitman College student Luke Ratliff visits with Mark Haggerty about the deepening urban-rural divideRead More
Coyote taken in Wyoming hunt
From killing baboon families to staging predator-killing contests, hunters stand accused of violating the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Now they’re being called out by their own.
What does Bozeman want to be?
Tim Crawford says healthy landscapes are the underpinning of good living in Bozeman and all of the rural WestRead More
A deer doomed with CWD
Dreaded deadly pathogen now literally among Jackson Hole's famous elk herds as thousands of wapiti arrive in valley for winterRead More
Wolves and grizzlies target of Montana's anti-predator policies
Prominent group of wildlife professionals with 1,500 years of experience condemn Montana's new laws targeting wolves. Already pups from popular Yellowstone wolf pack have been killedRead More
Skiers set out before the first avalanche
Ken Scott was buried for more than an hour, unable to move. He had lost hope. In part two of his story, he writes about the anguish in learning to breath againRead More
The great outdoors: good for body and soul
Timothy Tate writes about society's reluctance to prioritize mental health as a major public concern. Ironically, the challenge exists in a region filled with nature's healing abundanceRead More
Wildlife want to know: what is conservation?
Everybody is demanding access to Greater Yellowstone's finite wildlands but who is defending the wildlife that calls it home? A new cartoon by John PotterRead More
Mama describes the most dangerous animals in the woods
Grizzly oral traditions: What MoJo cartoonist John Potter overheard at a Greater Yellowstone backcountry campsiteRead More
Every year bull elk shed their antlers
Julie Fustanio reports from Jackson Hole on the annual frenzy of gathering shed wildlife antlers, the covid effect and scouting bringing equality to girlsRead More
For elk, the southern Gallatin Valley is an obstacle course
In Part 2 of MoJo's interview with national planning guru Robert Liberty, we discuss urban growth boundaries. How might they work in Greater Yellowstone?Read More
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