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Yellowstone Checkup: How Healthy Really is America's Most Iconic Wildland Ecosystem?

August 20, 2018 // Climate Change, Conservation, Science, Yellowstone, Wildlife, Ecosystem Protection

Greater Yellowstone, rugged but fragile
New "vital signs" report says region's famous wildlife faring well, for now, but climate change and human development loom ominously
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In A Heating-Up West, Must Business-As-Usual Conservation Be Interrupted?

July 1, 2018 // Climate Change, Forest Service

Photo courtesy US Dept of Defense
Lance Olsen says the movement of protecting ecosystems needs to change its thinking if it wants to save them
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What Do The Long-term Trends For Grizzlies In Lower 48 Really Look Like?

January 7, 2018 // Climate Change, Grizzly Bears, Wildlife

Grizzly mother with cubs in Glacier National Park
MoJo columnist Lance Olsen says climate change and human development trends create a lot of uncertainty for Great Bears south of Canada
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A Tribute To The Ancient Ones High On The Mountain

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

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

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

The deepening impacts of climate change and human population pressure are just two of the titanic forces shaping the future of America's most iconic wildland ecosystem. Are we capable of confronting the threats happening right before our eyes?  Do we see them? First part in an ongoing series called Greater Yellowstone: The Big Picture.
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With So Many Known Unknowns, Lance Olsen Connects Dots And Datapoints

August 14, 2017 // Climate Change, Conservation, Endangered Species, Science, Public Lands, Ecosystem Protection

Missoula-based ecologist Lance Olsen keeps MoJo readers apprised of important research in the scientific literature that has implications for conservation in the Northern Rockies and beyond.
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