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
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 InstituteRead More
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'Read 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
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 gratitudeRead More
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 densRead 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
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 themRead More
The Badger-Two Medicine
Kendall Edmo rises to help defend the Badger-Two Medicine from energy developmentRead More
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 worldRead More
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 moraleRead More
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 speciesRead More
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 reliefRead More
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 stakeholdershipRead 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 Dakota/Lakota poet writes of walking the paths of the four directions with humility and honorRead 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
"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.Read More
The former Montana Congressman who died this week could be prickly but he delighted in delivering zingers and representing rural peopleRead 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
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 heartRead More
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 perspectiveRead More
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 demandedRead More
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 DiseaseRead More
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 YellowstoneRead More
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 againRead More
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 prevailRead More
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 MigrationsRead 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
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 NatureRead More
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 wildlifeRead More
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 giftsRead More
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 respectRead More
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 MormonsRead More
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 ourselvesRead More
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 lobosRead 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
Dawn on the Henrys Fork
Dave Hall celebrates the lifeblood of Greater Yellowstone that reaches millions downstreamRead 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
The Savage Family - by Edward Savage
Timothy Tate, MoJo's go-to psychotherapist, explores the stories we tell about ourselves
A student tries to make sense of Ted Turner's attempt to restore wildness and ponders the role of bison and beaver as keystone speciesRead More
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 majestyRead More
Will griz populations achieve linkage?
Scientists have long supposed grizzly populations between ecosystems might link up. David Stalling wonders when it will happen.Read 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
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.Read More
In a harrowing nature video that went viral, there's an unethical story behind the narrativeRead More
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 indifferenceRead More
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 WestRead More
The House has flipped
Still, the Democratic National Committee remains clueless in dealing with rural West and heartlandRead More
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 tractsRead More
When we talk of justice, Timothy Tate the psychotherapist wonders about the message sent to American daughtersRead More
U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, chair of House Resources
New report says fossil fuel interests dominate hearings on issues affecting American WestRead More
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.Read More
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 growthRead More
Galena Street in Aspen
Should they be encouraged to leave in order to make room for the next generation of worker bees?Read More
A Johnson woman gathers a horse
At the U-Cross Ranch near Roy, Nicole Johnson teaches her daughters to find strength in the saddleRead More
Another Cost Of Growth: Will Voters In Bozeman Approve A Tax Hike For Better Public Safety Facilities?
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 overtaxedRead More
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 regionRead More
Critters in Yellowstone
Noah Dunn contrasts public Yellowstone with a private ranch next doorRead More
For David Stalling, wilder the better
Sportsman and former Marine David Stalling says grizzlies have been—and can be—managed without killing them for sportRead More
Take home lesson: bear spray worked
Star in Bob Legasa's video about bear spray becomes hero in repelling grizzly attackRead More
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 fundRead More
Yellowstone River and Emigrant Peak
But will conservationists, business community also support limits on other forms of 21st-century resource exploitation to protect ecosystem?Read More
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 mediaRead More
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 developmentRead More
Wi Mi Ma, the Full Moon
Lois Red Elk: the power of feminine energy isn't new; it's ancient and there in the skyRead More
A migratory flock leaving Greater Yellowstone
For naturalist Susan Marsh, fall is the season of visual warmth, and reflection on fallibilityRead More
Timothy Tate asks: is it possible for mountain towns to grow without losing their soul?Read More
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 incidentsRead More
In Jackson Hole, a half-minute vignette of rutting bulls with the Tetons rising behindRead More
In MoJo's new series "Beyond the National Parks," we explore Greater Yellowstone's longest national forestRead More
George Wuerthner says one of Greater Yellowstone's most important wildlife areas is unprotectedRead More
Bierstadt's 'Last of the Buffalo' sketch
The unprecedented assemblage of Bierstadt masterpieces is powerful window into changing West. Hurry, it runs through Sept. 30Read More
An eruption of masses at Old Faithful
Major scientific conference, 'Tracking the Human Footprint,' opens Sept. 11 in Big Sky. It is final hurrah for Dan WenkRead More
A bull elk in Yellowstone
Heh'aka brings healing and emotional protection in two poems by Lois Red ElkRead More
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