Top Story: How Social Media And Bad Behavior Are Leaving Wild Places Trashed

Another incredible place being loved to death
Another incredible place being loved to death
What has the Covid age spawned? While problems exist in all corners of pubic land West, naturalist Susan Marsh looks at impacts in Jackson Hole
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The Question That None Of Greater Yellowstone's Conservation Groups Are Willing To Confront

Wildlife is what sets the region apart globally
Wildlife is what sets the region apart globally
How is industrial-strength outdoor recreation and amenity development better than resource extraction it is replacing?
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Patagonia

Class Assignment: Building An Island Community Capable Of Thriving Amid Climate Change

There's no island escape from climate change
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 Yellowstone
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From Gombe Chimps To Greater Yellowstone Griz, Jane Goodall Is Global Wildlife Ambassador

"Gombe," grandson of a famous chimp Goodall studied
"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 preserve
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gorongosa

A Showdown Over Elk In Paradise?

Public elk on a private ranch
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 Yellowstone
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Amid Fever Of A Pandemic, Yellowstone's Main Gateway Town Catches Fire

Historic Gardiner, Montana more than a century ago
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 rally
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cinnabar

Diekmann To Take Reins Of Yellowstone Forever

Lisa Diekmann hiking a mountain
Lisa Diekmann hiking a mountain
Longtime resident of Bozeman has deep experience in philanthropy, is former leader of parks organization, and devoted to conservation of Yellowstone ecosystem. Hopes to re-open Yellowstone Institute
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The Big-Hearted Wolf

Real wolf stories better than fiction
Real wolf stories better than fiction
Ted Kerasote reviews Rick McIntyre's paen to lobos 'The Rise of Wolf 8: Witnessing The Triumph of Yellowstone’s Underdog'
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Kendeda

A Reckoning For John Muir and Teddy Too?

How should Roosevelt and Muir be regarded today?
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 color
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Here Comes The Sun

Summer means togetherness in Indian Country
Summer means togetherness in Indian Country
For people of the prairie, as poet Lois Red Elk reminds, summer is a time of togetherness, prayer and gratitude
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Opinion: The Lie—And Shame—Of 'Wildlife Management' In Alaska

A black bear in Southeast Alaska
A black bear in Southeast Alaska
Renowned nature writer Bill Sherwonit calls out Alaska's push to allegedly bolster big game herds by allowing the killing of bears and wolves, including cubs and pups, in their dens
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Giving Grizzlies Their Legal Voice

Grizzly mother with cub
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 be
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Chasing The Dream: When Opportunity Arrives, Trying Not To Choke

Prugh boots a shot
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 gut
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Listed Again: Greater Yellowstone Grizzlies Federally Protected And Won't Be Trophy Hunted

Federally protected for a little while longer
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 world
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How One Version Of Paradise Found Became Lost

Inland from Waikiki
Inland from Waikiki
A veteran journalist reflects on Hawaii and what it portends for other Shangri-las like Greater Yellowstone
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When "Collaboration" Surrenders Things That Shouldn't Be Bargained Away

Are wildlife conservationists doing enough to scrutinize bad development?
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 Yellowstone
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Why the Great American Outdoors Act Is A Big Deal

Rising visitation has put a strain on Yellowstone's infrastructure
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 lands
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When Covid-19 Refugees Invade Our Space And Act Recklessly

A view through the limbs of 'the Wedding tree'
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 lands
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Griz Causes Minor Injury To Hiker In Yellowstone

A Yellowstone griz
A Yellowstone griz
The park's first human-bear incident of 2020 happened near Old Faithful
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Diversity, Forest Service

A Black Woman Who Tried To Survive In The Dark, White Forest

Melody Mobley
Melody Mobley
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 agencies
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Devils Tower Vs. Bear Lodge: How A Name Shapes The Way Westerners Approach Holy Ground

Like climbing a religious cathedral?
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 play
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What If The Lakota Had Wiped Lewis And Clark Off The Map?

How might history have changed?
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 attitudes
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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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Composting Carcasses In Cattle Country Keeps Livestock And Predators Alive

A wolf and magpies feast on a carcass
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 loss
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Finding Space To Thrive In One Of America's Wildest Neighborhoods

Up Tom Miner, two- and four-legged families live side by side
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 terrain
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Why A District Ranger Became Disgruntled With The US Forest Service

The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in Montana and Wyoming
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 out
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Paying Forward A Wild Mountain: Perspective Of A Seasoned Montana Leader

The Gallatins as viewed from the Absarokas
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.
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Young And Roused: Movement In West Strives To Remake Communities Wholer

Young people are showing up in the West
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 how
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Guest Essay: Why The Gallatin Mountains Need Permanent Protection, Especially Now

The still-untrammeled Gallatins
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 people
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Palms On Buffalo Skull: With Maka Unci, We Are Never Alone

Seeking vibes of the earth
Seeking vibes of the earth
Two poems to usher in summer by Lois Red Elk (Dakota/Lakota) as we contemplate the wisdom of Taku Wakan
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Packed Trails After Covid Cabin Fever: Welcome To The Great Outdoors

More trail users the new normal?
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 thing
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A Young Journalist Finds Boot Camp In America's Wildest Ecosystem

Lorea Zabaleta ascending a wall of ice
Lorea Zabaleta ascending a wall of ice
Lorea Zabaleta grew up hearing about the conservation issues of Greater Yellowstone. Now, as MoJo's summer college intern, she's writing about them
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A Blackfeet Mother Fights For Sacred Mountains

The Badger-Two Medicine
The Badger-Two Medicine
Kendall Edmo rises to help defend the Badger-Two Medicine from energy development
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30 By 30: Indigenous Communities Taking Lead In Addressing Climate Change, Protecting Wildlife

Blackfeet activist Kendall Edmo shows her daughter around ancestral land
Blackfeet activist Kendall Edmo shows her daughter around ancestral land
30 X 30: New report from the Wyss Foundation highlights First Nations leaders in our own back yard and around the world
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A BLM Veteran Expresses Worries His Former Agency Is Losing Its Way

Upper Missouri River Breaks in Montana
Upper Missouri River Breaks in Montana
Huge implications for the West? In this op-ed Jim Kenna writes about questionable agency allegiances to special interests and spiraling employee morale
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Griz Expert Says 'Mountain Bikes Are A Grave Threat To Bears'

A Greater Yellowstone grizzly
A Greater Yellowstone grizzly
When it comes to safeguarding bears, scientists say wilderness-caliber lands, free of riders, are important to bruin persistence and that of other wildland species
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On Getting Unrattled

Covid-19 rattles the inner and outer world
Covid-19 rattles the inner and outer world
A psychotherapist confesses his own Covid-19 worries, when even the legendary Mother's Day fly fishing hatch on the Yellowstone River brings no relief
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Saunders, DeOpsomer Bring Experience In Community, Conservation And Business To MoJo

As MoJo friends, you can call them Emilie and Sarah
As MoJo friends, you can call them Emilie and Sarah
From childhoods in Alaska and East Anglia, these dynamic women want journalism to play vital role in shaping Greater Yellowstone's future and deepen citizen stakeholdership
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Chasing The Dream: The Impact Of Parents

Parents or kids: who calls the shots?
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!
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'Unbroken Wilderness:' Big Sky And The Human Appetite For Consuming Wildness

What does Big Sky's maze of development mean for wildness in Gallatins and Madisons?
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 Gallatins
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'Unbroken Wilderness:' Some Call The Porcupine And Buffalo Horn 'Holy Land'

The Buffalo Horn drainage
The Buffalo Horn drainage
As animal highways important to Yellowstone Park, Bart Koehler says they are also the Gallatins' beating wild heart—and deserve protection

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To Kill A Migrating Antelope In Wyoming

A pronghorn runs a barbed-wire gauntlet
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 wildlife
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‘Unbroken Wilderness:’ The Quest To Save The Wild Gallatins

Wild Gallatins with Tetons in distance
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 West
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'They Still See Us': A New Poem by Lois Red Elk

Bison generations
Bison generations
The Dakota/Lakota poet writes of walking the paths of the four directions with humility and honor
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One of America's Biggest Wildlife Conservation Issues You Need To Know About

The Gallatins: wilder than most national parks in the West
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?
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America's Big Open Was Anything But Lonely Or Empty

"Mountain" sheep on the grasslands
"Mountain" sheep on the grasslands
Along with indigenous people, native animals large and small once covered North America's prairies—and in some places, they could again.
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Ron Marlenee Was A Proud Burr In The Hiking Boots Of Environmentalists

Ron Marlenee
Ron Marlenee
The former Montana Congressman who died this week could be prickly but he delighted in delivering zingers and representing rural people
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When An American Tourist Mecca Copes With Two Possible Fates: "Bad" And "Worse"

At Dornan's there is quiet but no solace
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 late
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Covid-19 And Climate Change Pose Similar Challenges For Montana And The Greater Yellowstone Region

Covid-19 is a reminder that we need to think ahead in a big way
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 future
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Our Communities Are Being Defined By How We Respond To Covid-19

Communities best when they come together (even when social distancing)
Communities best when they come together (even when social distancing)
Give Big, the annual celebration of non-profits, arrives at a crucial moment when citizens are anxious to get out—and rally. We guarantee this interview with Bridget Wilkinson will open your heart
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Celebrating The Power Of A Word: H-A-B-I-T-A-T

A grizzly eyes trout in the Yellowstone River
A grizzly eyes trout in the Yellowstone River
In this Earth Day tribute, conservationist and American safari guide Phil Knight puts Greater Yellowstone in global perspective
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Chasing The Dream: The Journey Of A Mountain Town Kid Taking On The Impossible

Pursuing the seemingly impossible?
Pursuing the seemingly impossible?
A lot of young athletes dream of breaking through to college and pro careers. Montanan Eddy Prugh blazed a trail in soccer and reflects on what it demanded
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Game Farms Should Warrant Greater Scrutiny In Age Of Disease Pandemics

Deer at a captive facility
Deer at a captive facility
In this op-ed, Wayne Pacelle calls out a controversial industry, profiting off of captive wildlife, that has been linked to spread of Chronic Wasting Disease
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Two Metrics Point At Tail-spinning Economy In Jackson Hole

Reading the Covid-19 tea leaves in Jackson Hole
Reading the Covid-19 tea leaves in Jackson Hole
Jonathan Schechter, a noted data wonk and local elected official, looks at airport traffic and newspaper ads to gain a sense of Covid-19's impacts on a main tourism hub in Greater Yellowstone
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Digging Out: When Surviving Two Avalanches Is Just The Start Of Dealing With Trauma

Ken Scott dealing with the aftermath
Ken Scott dealing with the aftermath
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 again
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Stop The Stalling: Montana Ought To Have A Public Bison Herd

Of give me a home where the buffalo roam?
Of give me a home where the buffalo roam?
In this op-ed, conservationist Jim Bailey says doing what's right for a state wildlife icon needs to prevail
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Are America's Greatest Wildlife Migrations Being Sacrificed To Fossil Fuels?

Pronghorn following an ancient pathway
Pronghorn following an ancient pathway
Writer and ecologist Franz Camenzind investigates why some of Greater Yellowstone's biggest animal wonders are imperiled. Part 1 in an ongoing series Epic Journeys—Views from the Front Lines of America's Greatest Wildlife Migrations
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Chronic Wasting Disease: America's Homegrown Contagion That Lumbers On Four Hooves

CWD is spreading across the country
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 series
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Perpetual Resurrection: New Life Springs From What Came Before

Life comes from what went before
Life comes from what went before
As Jackson Hole poet Libby Crews Wood notes, all of us, every living being, contributes to the masterpiece of Nature
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What Can Greater Yellowstone Learn From Africa? (Remembering Garth Owen-Smith 1944-2020)

From sport hunting iconic species to giving local communities ownership over wildlife, Namibia may do things that drive some American conservationists crazy, but it has slowed and reversed the decimation of wildlife
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The Spirit World Is Never Apart

Red Elk: remember those that gave us life
Red Elk: remember those that gave us life
How does poet Lois Red Elk find grounding in challenging times? By honoring the soulful sustenance of the creator's gifts
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How Do We Rejoin The Interconnected Community Of Nature?

Recognizing our place in the web of life
Recognizing our place in the web of life
Naturalist turned new mom Katie Shepherd Christiansen says we ought to reflect on how we can treat wild country with more respect
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Ammon Bundy Claims Covid-19 Safety Guidelines Exploited By Government To Attain More Power

Father and son: Cliven and Ammon Bundy
Father and son: Cliven and Ammon Bundy
Betsy Gaines Quammen wrote a book about the Bundys. In Part 2 of an interview with Rebecca Watters, she discusses militants, the search for truth and conservation-minded Mormons
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When The War Finally Comes (to America's First National Park)

A bison trying not to become winterkill in Yellowstone
A bison trying not to become winterkill in Yellowstone
Ready for survivalism, are you? Yellowstone winterkeeper Steven Fuller indelicately dismantles the End-Times fantasy. There is no place humans can run to escape ourselves
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Howling, To Your Heart's Content

Howl to let it all out
Howl to let it all out
Westerners aren't singing like Caruso from their balconies; they're greeting each other like a pack of fellow lonesome lobos
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Coronavirus On The Doorstep: The Pandemic Reaches America’s Isolated Flyover

Dr. Beaky of Rome
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 in
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The West In A Time Of Conflict: The Bundys, Public Lands And Covid-19

Cliven Bundy
Cliven Bundy
Mountain Journal columnist Rebecca Watters interviews Betsy Gaines Quammen about her new book 'American Zion'
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When The Government Tries To Think Big

Yellowstone's Lamar Valley
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 there
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How Can 'We' Better Live In Panic-Stricken Times?

Words at Story Mill Park in Bozeman
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 need
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Tom Brokaw Says More Than Ever We Need A National Leader

Brokaw thinks FDR would rise to coronavirus challenge
Brokaw thinks FDR would rise to coronavirus challenge
Legendary NBC newsman and longtime Greater Yellowstone resident reflects on values of 'The Greatest Generation'
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Of God And Guns: How The Sagebrush Rebellion Turned Into A Hotbed Of Armed Modern Radicals

A cowboy petroglyph written over ancient art predating it
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-federalism
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With 'Cold Country' A New Writing Star Is Born

Montana novelist Russell Rowland
Montana novelist Russell Rowland
Behind the pages: Charlie Denison interviews Montana writer Russell Rowland about a novel set in Paradise Valley
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Does Interior Secretary David Bernhardt Not Understand Coronavirus Threat?

Group selfies at the Upper Falls
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 notice
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How I Survived Two Consecutive Avalanches

 Scott brought back to the light
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 backcountry
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Love Of Pets, People And Safety In A Time Of Coronavirus

Kerasote and Pukka
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, too
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Inside The Storm

Pedulla with Grizzly 399
Pedulla with Grizzly 399
A young Italian sends a warning to his contemporary Millennial and Gen Z peers in the Northern Rockies
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Can This Pause Make Us Smarter About How We Protect Yellowstone?

Greater Yellowstone won't be saved without a vision
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.
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Shoveling Out: The Art And Danger Of Being A Yellowstone Snowsmith

Steve Fuller ready for the big dig out
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 collapsing
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Yellowstone Always On His Mind

Yochim spent his last hours devoted to Yellowstone's protection
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 park
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Baiting For Black Bears

Is bear baiting a hazard for grizzlies?
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 critique
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Crazy Horse (Tȟašúŋke Witkó) And The Moon Of Hard Times

Where are these times taking us?
Where are these times taking us?
Lois Red Elk writes of a warrior, her father and how humans need to dream themselves whole
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The Gravity Of Grief And Pressure In Extreme Outdoor Sports

Anker and Tate featured in New Yorker
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 profile
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After Yellowstone, Dreams Of Rewilding Scotland With Wolves And Lynx?

Will northern Britain be rewilded with wolves?
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 howled
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Will Montana’s Senate Race Become A National Bellwether?

US Senate candidate Cora Neumann
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 Hill
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Green Rebuttal: Some Advocates Say Gallatin Forest Partnership Plan Sells Mountains, Wildlife Short

Mountains in the heart of Greater Yellowstone
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 Wilderness
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Imagine If Every County And Town Planning Department Had A Staff Ecologist

How can development co-exist with wild nature?
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 registers
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With Fate of Iconic Mountains Uncertain, Members of Gallatin Forest Partnership Make Their Case

The still-wild Gallatins
The still-wild Gallatins
Interest groups believe their plan offers a real chance to secure permanent protection for the Wild Gallatins
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Calling Nature Writers, Poets And Videographers

One path to your writing muse?
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, 2020
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When Green-up Arrives, Do You Suffer From 'Plant Blindness'?

Imagine the mountains without plants
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 worlds 
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Painting The Wild Sources Of Moving Water

Dawn on the Henrys Fork
Dawn on the Henrys Fork
Dave Hall celebrates the lifeblood of Greater Yellowstone that reaches millions downstream
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The Sweet Savory Flavors Of Memory

When canned garden harvests made winter fun
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 generations
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Will The West's Wildest Heart Still Beat On?

America's version of the Serengeti
America's version of the Serengeti
New report on Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by scholar Robert Keiter identifies major challenges threatening its health
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Is Wilderness Only Valuable If It Services Human Needs?

What is the deeper import of wilderness?
What is the deeper import of wilderness?
Writing from the southern Rockies, Molly Murfee shares her disappointment with how some young people think about wilderness
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Letter From A Role Model—How To Save Wildlife And People

What is the best way to protect an elephant?
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"
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Be Active, Reject Despair: Conflict Is Always A Catalyst For Positive Change

Mike Clark saw MLK Jr. in action
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 Medallion
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Conservation, EPA, Public Lands, Ecosystem Protection

Experts Say The Magna Carta Of American Environmental Law Is Under Siege

Natural gas development on public land in Wyoming
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?
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The Top 5 Resolutions Made By Clients To A Mountain Town Psychotherapist

Timothy Tate examines the kinds of transformation many seek
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Mother Earth Never Lets Us Forget Who We Are

Carlisle Indian Industrial School: What was taught there?
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 Oyasin
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Australia Wildfires Not Just Climate Change Harbinger But Parallel To American West

Australia's state of Victoria on fire
Australia's state of Victoria on fire
Distinguished American climate change scientist Michael Mann writes form the front row of the blazes Down Under
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Yellowstone Time: Of Personal Transformation Set To Nature's Rhythms

Steven Fuller in his element
Steven Fuller in his element
Off the beaten path, Steven Fuller reveals the national park unknown to most of the masses
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The Yellowstone Winterkeeper Cometh, Again

A Fuller family member on the fractured ice of Yellowstone Lake
A Fuller family member on the fractured ice of Yellowstone Lake
Legendary 'winterkeeper' Steven Fuller returns with his MoJo column about life in American wonderland
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Are We Giving The Wild Gallatins The Visionary Protection They Really Deserve?

The Buffalo Horn, a special place for wildlife
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?
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25 Years Of Re-living With Wolves In Yellowstone

Historic anniversary: the pack's been back for 25 years
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 back
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Great Storytelling: It Pulls At Our Heartstrings And Holds Communities Together

Scott McMillion
Scott McMillion
MoJo interviews Scott McMillion, publisher/owner of Montana Quarterly, praised as one of the best regional magazines still made of paper in America
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Beauty As Antidote For Living In Heavy Times

Rusmore's "Up Hyalite Canyon"
Rusmore's "Up Hyalite Canyon"
For painter Barbara Rusmore, the restorative power of nature is a catalyst for art and advocacy
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Imperiled Sustenance?

Drawing of deer hunt, late 16th century
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 culture
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Are We Ready For The Coming Feral Hog Invasion?

Feral hogs coming to the Rockies
Feral hogs coming to the Rockies
Seriously, while Montana, Wyoming and Idaho are currently free of rogue swine "herds," they're headed this way
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In The End, It's What You Give Of Yourself That Matters Most

How do we pay the gift of nature forward?
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 gratitude
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High Living For Whom In America's Quarter Million Dollar County?

The richest per capita outpost in America
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, eh
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A Grand New Book Honors One Of The Mightiest Places In The American West

The spellbinding Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
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 maps
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In Home Land

The ancestors of Shane Doyle
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 Doyle
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Chronic Wasting Disease Reaches Wild Elk In Montana

A cow elk in Yellowstone
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?
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Millennial Tapped To Lead Major Greater Yellowstone-Based Research Group

Ben Williamson
Ben Williamson
Ben Williamson of the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative has ideas that challenge the way his elders have approached conservation. Read the MoJo interview
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Big Green Mike: Now You Can Also Call Him Dr. Clark

Mike Clark
Mike Clark
Former head of Greater Yellowstone Coalition and current MoJo board member Mike Clark to receive honorary doctorate from MSU
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Close Encounters Of The Avian Kind

A mountain bluebird
A mountain bluebird
As Phil Knight writes, human-animal curiosity and contact extends both ways
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Salmon: A Debate Over Dams And The Cause Of A Great Fish's Decline

Pacific Northwest salmon populations are collapsing. What is the best way to resuscitate them? Two experts debate.
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Beyond Money: The Failure Of Economics To Account For The Value Of Wild Places

A Yellowstone bison descended from survivors
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 casualty
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When Ambition Leads Where Angels Fear To Tread

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?
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Up North There's Concern About Skinny Grizzlies And Declining Salmon

What's the cause of skinny grizzlies in Canada?
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 level
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Making Contact With Richard Louv: How Animals Save And Heal Us

Human character reflected in how we treat animals
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 us
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Have You Heard The Tales Of A Trickster Spider And Porcupine?

More strands in the world-wide web
More strands in the world-wide web
In this season of transition, Lois Red Elk reminds how humankind is reflected in the stories of wamakhashka
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The Power Of Bison As Muses And Sustenance For Social Change

Bison-inspired conservation and business
Bison-inspired conservation and business
How Ted Turner's bison restaurants, inspired by Montana, have cast big green ripples nationwide
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On Having Fun And Passing The Test of Ecological Sustainability

Riding high near the Tetons
Riding high near the Tetons
A veteran Forest Service backcountry specialist reflects on how her agency is dealing with growing human pressure
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Living In A Community Means Politicians Having The Courage To Take Media And Citizen Questions

The President and his defender Liz Cheney
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 divide
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Taking The Exit Ramp From Paradise?

Bozeman from a balloon
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 away
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When E in Environmentalist Stands For Empathy

Photo courtesy Glacier NPS
Photo courtesy Glacier NPS
MoJo columnist Jordan Payne says righteousness alone won't convince young people to support landscape protection
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Wyoming Keeps Falling Behind While Jackson Hole Thrives—Why?

What can Wyoming learn from Jackson Hole?
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 do
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If The Challenges Facing Jackson Hole Can't Be Fixed, Then What's The Fate Of Greater Yellowstone?

Jackson Hole: a place unlike any other
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?
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Greta Thunberg And America's Dark Shadows Of Denial With Climate Change

Photo courtesy Anders Helberg, altered by MoJo staff.
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 future
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The Mega Value Of Forests Free Of Roads

Forests rimming Centennial Valley
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 Trump
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Standing Rock Reflections: What Is Progress?

What does 'homeland' mean to you?
What does 'homeland' mean to you?
Lois Red Elk writes about protest and the tormented ghost of a soldier who helped take her homeland
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A Doctor Plumbs The Depths Of Ivan Doig's Illness And Asks: 'Did He Have An Epiphany?'

Doig in his Montana element
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 journals
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Terminal Diagnosis: How Montana Writer Ivan Doig Coped With His Own End

Ivan Doig
Ivan Doig
Doig's spirit springs to life in the MSU Library Archives, revealing his literary triumphs, fears and what lay in his heart 
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Should Carrying Bear Spray Be Required For Big Game Hunters In Grizzly Country?

Grizzly on a carcass
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 too
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National Flashpoint: The Gallatin Range Is Ground Zero For Americans Talking About Wilderness

Rugged lines of the Gallatin
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 Yellowstone
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'Outside Ourselves' Should Be Read By Every Outdoor Recreationist

The Bridger Wilderness in Wyoming
The Bridger Wilderness in Wyoming
Todd Burrit, former wilderness ranger, goes on a long wander in Greater Yellowstone and emerges as a protector
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Soliloquy For The Fall: Nature Is A Place Where Non-conformists Can Find Themselves

What kind of "place" is this?
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?
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Americans Love Public Lands And Species Conservation But How Do We Pay For Them?

A bull elk in Yellowstone
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 know
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Does The E-Bike Invasion Represent A Menace To Wildlife And Character Of Public Lands?

Photo courtesy Flickr userJoe Haupt, https://www.flickr.com/people/51764518@N02/
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?
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Buy Coffee And Help Recover An African Version of Yellowstone

Lift your mug to elephants
Lift your mug to elephants
How your morning brew can save lions, elephants, people and keep the miracle of Gorongosa alive.
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Where Grizzlies Still Barely Hang On—In Their Own Yaak Time

Is wildness only about us?
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.
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Armed And Ready—For Safer Travel In Griz Country

Danielle Oyler teaches bear essentials
Danielle Oyler teaches bear essentials
Danielle Oyler teaches people how to live and recreate smarter around places where bears live. How knowledgeable are you?
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Metamorphosis: When Prominent Users Of Nature Become Advocates For Its Protection

Craig Mathews
Craig Mathews
A young environmental writer interviews two heroes, Conrad Anker and Craig Mathews, about their own evolution as defenders
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Is A New Greatest Generation Rising? Why An Elder Plans To Take To The Street

Is a new "Greatest Generation" rising?
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 now
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Paying Forward Wildness In A World Consumed By Self-Interest

What's the essence of your journey?
What's the essence of your journey?
Timothy Tate treks into the Yellowstone backcountry and ruminates on an ethic present in three generations
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On Sacred Autumn Sundays

A daydream for Mike Person
A daydream for Mike Person
Mike Person, a Montana-born lineman for the San Francisco 49ers, finds peace where trout dwell
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Standby Snow: Chronicles of a Heatwave, Chapter One

Standby Snow tackles fire and melting glaciers
Standby Snow tackles fire and melting glaciers
Mountain Time Arts takes on climate change by making it visceral, not abstract, for Greater Yellowstoneans
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It's Time To Get The Lead Out Of Hunting Ammo

A bald eagle feasts on a carcass
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?
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The Mighty Return Of Tatanka

A bison in Yellowstone
A bison in Yellowstone
Poet Lois Red Elk writes of buffalo dreams becoming fulfilled and rumbling spirits finding a way home
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From Griz Attack Survivor To Advocate: Barrie Gilbert's Wild Journey

A Greater Yellowstone grizzly
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 attention
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My Yellowstone Mauling And Mountaintop Rescue: An Exclusive Excerpt

Barrie Gilbert
Barrie Gilbert
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 conservation
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Actually, Most Americans Support The Endangered Species Act

Despite claims by the Trump Administration and some politicians that the public desperately wanted the ESA reformed, that isn't what citizens say in surveys
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Mike Yochim Literally Writes This Love Letter To Yellowstone With His Eyes

Michael Yochim, photo by Janet Hesselbarth
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 telling
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Ultra-lethal 'Cyanide Bombs' Used To Kill Public Wildlife Banned For Now In Wyoming

A Wildlife Services 'cyanide bomb'
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 land
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Once Proud Forest Service Poised To Help Gut NEPA

What happens if NEPA is overhauled?
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 veteran
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Putting Pendley In Charge Of BLM Reveals Trump's True Radical Agenda For The West?

William Perry Pendley
William Perry Pendley
Columnist Tim Crawford says if you worried about former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Pendley is more frightening
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Nature Helps Kids Have Compassion For The World

Nature is a wellspring where empathy is learned
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 it
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Are Montana And Neighboring States Doing Enough To Protect Their Natural Assets?

Conservation makes good business sense
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 life
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Social Media: Harnessing The Digital Human Ecosystem To Protect Nature

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 outdoors
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On Solitude

Embracing nature on one's own authentic terms
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 safe
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When Cultures Collide

What happened here?
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 reflection
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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.
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 prelude
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Peace Of Mind Along The Slow, Plodding Path

What more do you see at slower speed?
What more do you see at slower speed?
How trail therapy delivers a perfect dose of meaning
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Why A Group In Jackson Hole, Devoted To Unbridled Adventure, Conservation And Diversity, Is Under Fire

Why is Greater Yellowstone extraordinary?
Why is Greater Yellowstone extraordinary?
SHIFT can still have real impact but only if it is willing to shift itself 
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George Bird Grinnell: His Impact As "The Father of American Conservation" Written Across Today's West

Grinnell on the ice field bearing his name
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 important
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A Native Ponders The Irony Of 'Go Back Where You Came From'

Columbus leads an immigrant invasion
Columbus leads an immigrant invasion
Lois Red Elk, 500-generation Dakota/Lakota, writes about getting her 'Cobell check' and 500 years of injustice
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How Lost Words Translate Into Lost Worlds

What did natives call the Snake River?
What did natives call the Snake River?
Place names matter, even when describing the ineffable and especially if monikers provide cover for cultural amnesia
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Is Geotagging Putting A Bullseye On The Last Best Places?

Making a memory that will attract bigger crowds?
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? 
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Wyoming's Bet On Coal Is Now Busting The State

A coal strip-mine outside Gillette
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 creation
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We Need Wilderness With No Apologies And No Regrets

The still-wild Gallatin Mountains
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 wildlands
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Warning Signs Are Flashing

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 Yellowstone
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Ruckus Over A National Hiking Trail: A MoJo Interview With Writer And Conservationist Rick Bass

Should the Pacific Northwest Trail be re-routed in the Yaak Valley to insure habitat for an imperiled population of grizzlies remains protected? 
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Curbing Our Egos In All Ages

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.
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The Wild West: How Do We Deal With Its Rapid Transformation?

Rose-colored lenses for the New West?
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 future
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Judging Edward Abbey

Amy Irvine's response to Desert Solitaire
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 us
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When Trail And Park Etiquette Goes Bad

What is good trail etiquette?
What is good trail etiquette?
From dog-related issues to rude human behavior and worse, swelling numbers of users result in increasing complaints
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Cam Sholly's Agenda For Safeguarding Yellowstone

New superintendent of America's oldest national park lays out priorities, discussing everything from grizzlies, wolves and bison to snarled road traffic and other threats
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Summer Boot Camp In Greater Yellowstone

MoJo summer intern Jordan Payne
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 ecosystem
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Collapse Of Salmon And Steelhead A Dam Shame

As Tom France writes, Congressman Mike Simpson of Idaho emerges as an unlikely hero and he believes it's time to act
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Ranchers Play Key Role In Saving Greater Yellowstone's Wildlife Pathways

Migrating elk in Wyoming
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'
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Bison: Still Not Back From The Brink

Charles M. Russell's bison masterpiece
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 map 
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Wake For A Climber

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 oneself
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Wildlife Diseases: A Global Expert Takes Stock Of Greater Yellowstone

How will elk fare with CWD?
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 CWD
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When Raptors Visit

Eagle and rabbit
Eagle and rabbit
Two poems by Lois Red Elk remind that neither we, nor animals, are "others" in the natural world
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New Wyoming Hunting Group Takes The Old Guard To Task

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 hunting
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Gut-Check Time: Navigating The Ups And Downs Of Dramatic Change

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'
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Big Guns Want 230,000 Acres Of Gallatins Near Yellowstone Protected As Wilderness

Wild heart of the Gallatins
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 Yellowstone
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Gulo Gulo! What The American West Can Learn From Wolverine Conservation In Mongolia

A wolverine painting by Robin Murray
A wolverine painting by Robin Murray
Mountain Journal interviews researcher Rebecca Watters on efforts to save wolverines halfway around the world
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The Paradox Of Building America's Green Lifestyle Grid

A wind farm in the West
A wind farm in the West
As Lance Olsen notes, the renewable energy revolution is just beginning but scaling it also requires massive earthmoving
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Carrying The Banner For Wilderness

The Palisades Wilderness Study Area  south of Jackson Hole
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 Yellowstone
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Is Development On Private Land in Jackson Hole Causing The Community To Burst At Its Seams?

Jackson Hole: a wild or human maze?
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 valley
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Kids Get Climate Change, So Why Won't Adults Adjust Lifestyles To Give Them A More Livable Future?

Greta Thunberg is worried about her future
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 elders
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How To Save, Build and Protect A Better Community

Keeping our towns special begins with us
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 nature
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Culture, Guest Commentary, Ranching, Politics

Robert Staffanson (1921-2019) Reflects On What It Means To Be A Real Cowboy

Robert Staffanson on a Montana cattle drive half a century ago.
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.
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The Blessing Of Being Alive: Lois Red Elk Returns!

Seeing a turtle in youth means having a long, purposeful life
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 turtle
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Heeding The Trade-Offs Of Recreation-Based Growth Near Yellowstone

Hiking is part of Montana's soaring recreation economy
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?
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To Go—And Perish—Where Others Fear To Tread

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 chances
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Reason For Optimism On Earth Day 2019?

Peering into the environmental prism:  optimism or pessimism?
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 hope
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Natural Truths: Channeling The Wisdom of Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold
Aldo Leopold
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?
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On Falling Forests And The Decline Of Affordable Housing

Old-growth trees in Greater Yellowstone can be hard to find
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 solutions
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When People Become Lost, When Do You Intervene?

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.
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Greater Yellowstoneans Know How To Co-Exist With The Icons Of Wildness

In Yellowstone, what are odds of getting mauled?
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 attacked
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Fewer Elk Counted This Year On Yellowstone's Famous Northern Range—But What Does It Mean?

A Yellowstone bull elk navigates winter
A Yellowstone bull elk navigates winter
Annual wapiti survey: apart from wolves and other wildlife meat eaters, a formidable predator is winter
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Tom Mangelsen’s Legacy Images Speak To A Life Shooting In The Wild

Mangelsen's "Catch of the Day"
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 tour
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John Heyneman Returns To Home Range

The Padlock Ranch
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 Stegner
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Is American Prairie Reserve Taking The West Back To The Future?

A grassroots expression on the prairie
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 communities 
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Outdoor Recreation, The New West, Wildlife

Naturalist Says Outdoor Recreation Can Have Huge Impacts On Wildlife

What is the impact of recreation on wild country?
What is the impact of recreation on wild country?
Mountain bikers and hikers with dogs can bring huge spatial intrusions into wildlife habitat
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Private Lands, Ranching, Community

The Value Of Open Space: In The Gallatin Valley Citizens Voted For Protection With Their Wallet

Open space reminds us what's at stake.
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 beyond
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Chronic Wasting Disease, Wildlife, Ecosystem Protection

Conservationists Sue To Halt Artificial Feeding At National Elk Refuge

Thousands of elk on feed in Jackson Hole
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 herd
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Art, Photography, Wildlife

Some Call Her 'The Owl Whisperer'

Ashleigh Scully's photo of brown bears
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
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Community

In The Winter Of Life, Dreams Prepare Us For What May Come

Getting old need not be a season of dread. As Timothy Tate says, it can be an opportunity to embrace who we are
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Climate Change, Economy

What’s Up With 'The Green New Deal' And What Does It Mean For The West?

A massive open-pit coal mine in Wyoming
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 Montana
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Climate Change, Leadership, Outdoor Recreation, The New West, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Wildlife, Politics

The Perils Of Going Along To Get Along

Greater Yellowstone: a cradle of American conservation
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?
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Public Lands, Wildlife, Wyoming

The Power Of Words: How We Use Language To Justify Our Consumption Of Nature

A wolf in Yellowstone
A wolf in Yellowstone
MoJo columnist Susan Marsh waxes on how we 'harvest' living things to avoid admitting we're taking their lives
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Chronic Wasting Disease, Hunting, Jackson Hole, Wildlife

Public Health Official: Chronic Wasting Disease Seems Bound To Infect People

Bunched-up wapiti at National Elk Refuge
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 feedgrounds
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development, Outdoor Recreation, The New West, Wildlife

Can Greater Yellowstone’s Wildlife Survive Industrial Strength Recreation?

Photo courtesy NPS / Adams
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 recreation
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Big Sky, Jackson Hole, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Wildlife

Boom-time Frenzy: What Kind Of Prosperity Destroys The Foundation It Is Built Upon?

The future effects of Jackson Hole spillover?
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 growth
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Art

Wild, Tangled Hair: How A Younger Western Woman Got Her Groove

Anna Vanuga finding grounding
Anna Vanuga finding grounding
For Anna Vanuga, leaving Wyoming for Montana unearthed a new life through art. Her story will touch your heart
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Could This Be Your Writing Studio?

Imagine this as a creative muse
Imagine this as a creative muse
First-ever Greater Yellowstone Fellowship Offers $3500 to creatively explore America's most iconic ecosystem
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Bison, Yellowstone

Wallowing Unhappily In Yellowstone

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 park
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Community

The War Veteran Who Had A Dream—In Which He Was Visited By A Midget

What drives your guilt and shame?
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 lives
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Conservation, Fine Art, Flyfishing, Photography, Yellowstone

Is Pat Clayton The Finest Fish Photographer In America?

Cutthroat trout
Cutthroat trout
With a sense of urgency, feisty spirit and an incredible eye, this talented witness turns wild trout and salmon into art muses for conservation
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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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Nature Without Borders, Wolves, Ecosystem Protection

An Ancient Rural Culture Deals With Wolves Halfway Around The World

Mongolian wolf
Mongolian wolf
MoJo columnist Rebecca Watters returns from a research mission to Mongolia where she tracked lobos, leopards and wolverines
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Why More Heat Means The End Of The Predictable World As We Know It

Climate has huge ecological and economic consequences
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 Deal
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A Human Toll That Can No Longer Be Ignored: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Silence no longer
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?
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So Help Us God: When Faith Is Used As A Blunt Weapon

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming
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?
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Man Who Killed Wolf Inside Grand Teton Pleads Guilty

A Greater Yellowstone wolf
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 borders
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The Artful Angler

Life after government: Mike Gurnett celebrates wildlife in metal after being a spokesman for the natural world         
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Dreams: What Are They Trying To Tell Us?

What dreams may come?
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 open
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Protector's Heart: From The Mouth Of A Young Woman, Hope

Wisdom of Youth: Teenager Florence Doyle brings powerful remembrance from Indian Country at 2019 Women's March
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Earth To Greater Yellowstone: Taking Note Of The Wondrous Planet We Call Home

"Earthrise," a view from Apollo 8
"Earthrise," a view from Apollo 8
MoJo columnist Susan Marsh reflects on the value of reflection. We all need to stop and pause
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Climate Change: Making Sense of Hansjörg Wyss's $1 Billion Stake In Our Common Future

Wyss: now is the time to rally
Wyss: now is the time to rally
Giving Back To Greater Yellowstone Can Also Mean Not Taking The Things That Sustain It
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Two Stories About Shung-mani-tu Tanka—The Lobo

"Young Wolf" by John Nieto
"Young Wolf" by John Nieto
Lois Red Elk Tells Different Tales From "Little Red Riding Hood"
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Navigating The Wilderness Within

Artwork courtesy John Felsing
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. 
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Wolves, The New West

Robert T. Fanning, America's Premier Wolf Doomsayer, Passes On

The late Robert T. Fanning
The late Robert T. Fanning
Former Chicago businessman moved to Montana to hunt big game and enjoyed fame as a hater of lobos
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Burning Off, Grizzly Bears

Grizzly Matters: A Recap Of Court Actions Involving Greater Yellowstone Bears

A grizzly searching for connection?
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 connectivity
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Finding Personal Transformation In Nature's Higher Ground

The Anderson Ranch photo by Louise Johns
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 campfire
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With Wildfires, It's Easy To Rake Trump Over The Coals

If only Westerners had more rakes?
If only Westerners had more rakes?
But MoJo columnist Steve Primm, a volunteer firefighter, says it's more important to heed the burning facts
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The Great Migration: As Money And Young People Flow Into Cities, Will The Rural West Survive?

Marysville, a ghost town
Marysville, a ghost town
Whitman College student Luke Ratliff visits with Mark Haggerty about the deepening urban-rural divide
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Hunting, Wildlife

A Death Of Ethics: Is Hunting Destroying Itself?

Coyote taken in Wyoming hunt
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.
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Bozeman, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly

Ignoring Costs Of Growth, Climate Change, Rooted In The Same Mentality Of Denial

What does Bozeman want to be?
What does Bozeman want to be?
Tim Crawford says healthy landscapes are the underpinning of good living in Bozeman and all of the rural West
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Community

Conversations At The Holiday Table

The Savage Family - by Edward Savage
The Savage Family - by Edward Savage
Timothy Tate, MoJo's go-to psychotherapist, explores the stories we tell about ourselves
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Running Through A Human-Framed Masterpiece

A student tries to make sense of Ted Turner's attempt to restore wildness and ponders the role of bison and beaver as keystone species
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Teddy Loved NoDak: Land Of Prairie Light, Space And Multitudes Of Migrating Avians

Soothing North Dakota.  Photo by Josette Hayes
Soothing North Dakota. Photo by Josette Hayes
Before the Bakken made fortunes and a mess of the landscape, Jackson Hole naturalist Susan Marsh discovered a different kind of majesty
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The Golf Course Grizzly: First Hope Of Biological Connectivity For Bruins?

Will griz populations achieve linkage?
Will griz populations achieve linkage?
Scientists have long supposed grizzly populations between ecosystems might link up. David Stalling wonders when it will happen.
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Chronic Wasting Disease Hits Mule Deer In Grand Teton National Park

A deer doomed with CWD
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 winter
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Late Autumn Harbingers: When The Sorrel Sunka Wakan Approaches

Sorrel horse by Medicine Bear
Sorrel horse by Medicine Bear
In the ancient elder tradition, Lois Red Elk tells stories of her grandmother.  Her poems lead us to a deeper reflection on the missing and departed women in Indian Country.
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The Drone That Stalked A Bear Cub And Nearly Pushed It Over The Edge

In a harrowing nature video that went viral, there's an unethical story behind the narrative
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At 50, Has The Inspiring Spirit Of The Wild And Scenic Rivers Act Been Forgotten?

Ansel Adams' tribute to The Snake
Ansel Adams' tribute to The Snake
Susan Marsh says Greater Yellowstone is a fount of wild American rivers—and trails— yet many citizens treat them only with greed or indifference
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Steve Bullock: When You Lose Rural Hospitals, Communities Die

Could a Montanan win The White House?
Could a Montanan win The White House?
Montana's democratic governor, who could contend for The White House, addresses the recent election and issues facing the rural West
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Dems Winning House Means Major Pushback To Trump's Anti-Environment, Anti-Science Agenda

The House has flipped
The House has flipped
Still, the Democratic National Committee remains clueless in dealing with rural West and heartland
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Did Two Montana Politicians Get Lost In Their Search For 'Honest Truth' With Public Land?

A copy of Rosendale's tweet
A copy of Rosendale's tweet
In their Paradise Valley photo op, Steve Daines and Senate hopeful Matt Rosendale appear to have trouble knowing the difference between private and public tracts
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Civil Society, Culture, Community

Every Mountain Town Has Local Versions of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford

When we talk of justice, Timothy Tate the psychotherapist wonders about the message sent to American daughters
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Climate Change, Congress, Science, Politics

Stacking The Deck? House Democrats Say GOP Giving Industry Too Much Influence On Capitol Hill

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, chair of House Resources
U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, chair of House Resources
New report says fossil fuel interests dominate hearings on issues affecting American West
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Climate Change, Politics

Of Moose, Climate Change And Feckless Politicians

MoJo columnist Tim Crawford says true leaders say what we need to know, even if we don't want to hear it. And we need to elect them.
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Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly

A Search And Rescue In The Mountains Turns Up Something Far More Profound

The start of a search
The start of a search
MoJo's resident first responder Steve Primm didn't find the phantom victim; he stared into a problem created by growth
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Economy, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Community

Trouble in Aspen: What Happens When Working Class Employees With Affordable Housing Retire?

Galena Street in Aspen
Galena Street in Aspen
Should they be encouraged to leave in order to make room for the next generation of worker bees?
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Photography, Ranching, Together We Go: Women and Horses

A Johnson woman gathers a horse
A Johnson woman gathers a horse

The Horse Family

At the U-Cross Ranch near Roy, Nicole Johnson teaches her daughters to find strength in the saddle 
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Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly

Another Cost Of Growth: Will Voters In Bozeman Approve A Tax Hike For Better Public Safety Facilities?

More growth is bringing rising taxes
More growth is bringing rising taxes
Tim Crawford says the fire and police departments need new digs because of the development boom, but many citizens are already feeling overtaxed
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Whitman College Semester In The West

Western Epiphanies: Lessons From The Largest Mobile Classroom In America

Westies in the labyrinth of learning
Westies in the labyrinth of learning
Mountain Journal collaborates with students from Whitman College's "Semester in the West" who share their thoughts about issues shaping an iconic region
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Ranching, Whitman College Semester In The West, Yellowstone

Encountering The Modern Garden Of Eden In Two Variations

Critters in Yellowstone
Critters in Yellowstone
Noah Dunn contrasts public Yellowstone with a private ranch next door
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Op-Ed: Will Trophy Hunting Grizzlies Make The Wilds Safer?

For David Stalling, wilder the better
For David Stalling, wilder the better
Sportsman and former Marine David Stalling says grizzlies have been—and can be—managed without killing them for sport
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Imagine Making A Wildlife Movie Whose Lessons Save Your Life

Take home lesson: bear spray worked
Take home lesson: bear spray worked
Star in Bob Legasa's video about bear spray becomes hero in repelling grizzly attack
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Buy A Stunning Painting And You'll Be Supporting MoJo's Commitment To Conservation Journalism

Laughing at the Moon by Steve Osman
Laughing at the Moon by Steve Osman
Bozeman artist Steve Osman is donating proceeds from the sale of works to support Mountain Journal's investigative reporting fund
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Zinke Stops Proposed Mines On Yellowstone Doorstep and In Paradise Valley, Montana

Yellowstone River and Emigrant Peak
Yellowstone River and Emigrant Peak
But will conservationists, business community also support limits on other forms of 21st-century resource exploitation to protect ecosystem?
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In Hostile Times, Civil Servants Deserve Sympathy, Not Bashing

Civil servants caring for public lands, van Tighem says, deserve civility.
Civil servants caring for public lands, van Tighem says, deserve civility.
Kevin van Tighem, who once served as superintendent in Canada's equivalent of Yellowstone, has harsh words for the deteriorating tenor of social media
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Do We Need New Maps To Protect Nature Or A New Land-Based 'Mythology'?

Culture vs. science: what's more potent in saving wild places?
Culture vs. science: what's more potent in saving wild places?
Lee Nellis, a longtime planning guru in Greater Yellowstone, responds to Lori Ryker's call for a new blueprint in thinking about development
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She, Wi Mi Ma, The Full Moon, Is Ushering Forth Change

Wi Mi Ma, the Full Moon
Wi Mi Ma, the Full Moon
Lois Red Elk: the power of feminine energy isn't new; it's ancient and there in the sky
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Ode To The Autumns Of Our Lives

A migratory flock leaving Greater Yellowstone
A migratory flock leaving Greater Yellowstone
For naturalist Susan Marsh, fall is the season of visual warmth, and reflection on fallibility
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Let's Not Denude 'The Valley Of Flowers'

Timothy Tate asks: is it possible for mountain towns to grow without losing their soul?
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Reflections On The Fatal Grizzly Bear Mauling In Wyoming

A grizzly in Greater Yellowstone
A grizzly in Greater Yellowstone
Hunting guide's death is tragic and circumstances surrounding it raise many questions. A look at the nature of human-bear incidents
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When Bison Bellow Like African Lions

In Jackson Hole, a half-minute vignette of rutting bulls with the Tetons rising behind
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Atop The Ecosystem Custer-Gallatin Shines

In MoJo's new series "Beyond the National Parks," we explore Greater Yellowstone's longest national forest
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Gallatin Range Deserves Wilderness Protection: An Ecologist's Op Ed

George Wuerthner says one of Greater Yellowstone's most important wildlife areas is unprotected
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Big Art of Nature, Fine Art, Museums

Bierstadt's 'Last of the Buffalo' sketch
Bierstadt's 'Last of the Buffalo' sketch

Bierstadt Exhibition At Buffalo Bill Will Leave You Spellbound

The unprecedented assemblage of Bierstadt masterpieces is powerful window into changing West. Hurry, it runs through Sept. 30
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Leadership, Wildlife, Ecosystem Protection

An eruption of masses at Old Faithful
An eruption of masses at Old Faithful

Pondering Greater Yellowstone's More Crowded Future

Major scientific conference, 'Tracking the Human Footprint,' opens Sept. 11 in Big Sky. It is final hurrah for Dan Wenk
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A bull elk in Yellowstone
A bull elk in Yellowstone

Elk Medicine

Heh'aka brings healing and emotional protection in two poems by Lois Red Elk
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Media

Betsy and Ed Marston
Betsy and Ed Marston

Remembering Ed Marston

Former publisher of High Country News helped make it 'a voice for the American West'
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Co-existence, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Community

A Bozeman view by drone
A Bozeman view by drone

Denial No More: Bozeman's Boom Is Coming At A Steep Cost To People, Community

If growth produces "winners," then who and what are the "losers"?
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