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American Shadowland: How Do We Stop The New Uncivil War?

September 24, 2020

What resides in our national psychic 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 ourselves
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The Pall Of Our Unrest

September 19, 2020

'Ascent,' a painting by John Felsing
Terry Tempest Williams featured in The New York Times reading her 'obituary for the land.' She implores us: Let it not be true
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What Real Wildness Looks Like

September 19, 2020

Griz pursues a bull elk
A grizzly bear preys on a bull elk in Yellowstone. Rare to see, it's one of the things that makes Greater Yellowstone extraordinary
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What If The Burning Forests Don't Return As They Were?

September 17, 2020

The stand-altering Bridger Foothills Fire
With climate change we are confronting real-life ecological cliffhangers, disrupting nature as our ancestors knew it
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Maintaining Forward Progress With The Great Bear

September 15, 2020

What's the next step in this 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 conservation
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How Some Outdoor Recreationists See Their Impacts On Wildlife And Wild Places

September 7, 2020

What would wild places be without wildlife in them?
MoJo's college journalist intern Lorea Zabaleta interviews a quartet of her young contemporaries about the competition for space in the backcountry
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Soulé's Last Warning: We'll Never 'Develop Our Way' To Better Conservation Outcomes

August 30, 2020

Is this the kind of wildness we want?
The late Michael Soulé, godfather of conservation biology, offered this critique of 'New Conservation" and its consequences for regions like Greater Yellowstone
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Why Wilderness Matters More Than Your Desire To Take It

August 25, 2020

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.
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What Does 'Last Best Place' Mean in 2020?

August 20, 2020

How should we 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 siege
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Will Washington State Be Next To Ban Wildlife Killing Contests?

August 17, 2020

Coyote derbies award prizes to those who shoot the most
In this op-ed, two sportsmen and conservationists condemn the controversial hunting practice of awarding prizes to those who kill the most animals for fun
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How Social Media And Bad Behavior Are Leaving Wild Places Trashed

August 13, 2020

Delta Lake in the Tetons is a victim of Covid-19
What has the Covid age spawned? While problems exist in all corners of public 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

August 7, 2020

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

August 2, 2020

No place an island refuge unto itself?
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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A Showdown Over Elk In Paradise?

July 30, 2020

Worries over elk and disease in Paradise Valley
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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