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Tory Taylor's Search For The Elusive Sheepeaters

October 25, 2017 // Book Review, Culture, The New West

William Henry Jackson's famous photograph of the Sheepeaters
In His New Book, The Retired Outfitter/Guide From Dubois, Wyoming Picks Up The Trail Of Greater Yellowstone's Oldest And Most Mysterious Mountain Inhabitants
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Two Meditations On Mni Sose, Water, Mother Earth and Standing Rock

October 24, 2017 // Big Art of Nature, Water

Mni Sose  Photo by Todd Wilkinson
Mountain Journal's Poet In Residence Lois Red Elk Reed Unveils A New Work Focussed On Mni Sose, The Missouri River
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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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Whither The Mighty Wolverine?

October 22, 2017 // Endangered Species, Public Lands, Wildlife

Wolverine moving across snow, photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Few in number and scattered sparsely across huge geographic areas, wolverines are still hanging on in Greater Yellowstone. But for how long? Rebecca Watters says they need a human strategy to insure their persistence.
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Holding The Line On Wild: Is The U.S. Forest Service Up To The Challenge?

October 19, 2017 // Forest Service, Outdoor Recreation, Wilderness

Enchantment Basin from Prusik Pass in Alpine Lakes Wilderness  by Jeffrey Pang
Susan Marsh spent her career protecting wilderness and trying to manage human pressures on America's public lands. Now this veteran of the Forest Service ponders whether her storied agency has the courage to confront the increasing impacts of outdoor recreation.
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America's National Elk Refuge: A ‘Miasmic Zone Of Life-Threatening Diseases'

October 17, 2017 // Public Lands, Science, Wildlife

Will the National Elk Refuge become ground zero for catastrophic disease? Photo courtesy National Elk Refuge
The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is known internationally for its wildlife. With the arrival of Chronic Wasting Disease looming, the epicenter of a deadly outbreak would be western Wyoming and the home to America's "national elk herd". Part 2 in Mountain Journal's series looking at the coming wildlife plague.
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A Tragedy In The Mountains Highlights Pain Facing The Young

October 16, 2017 // Community, Community Change

The Madison Mountains, photo courtesy Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, B. Vandenbos
In mountain towns like Bozeman and Jackson Hole, extreme athletes are modern heroes.  When something bad happens, it should cause all of us to hold our kids closer
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George Carlson's Perpetual State Of Wonder

October 9, 2017 // Big Art of Nature, MoJo Profile

"Sentinel Bluffs" by George Carlson
George Carlson is considered one of the best contemporary nature painters in the world. Mountain Journal visited the American master at his studio and took a deep dive into his reverence for wild landscapes
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Greater Yellowstone's Coming Plague

October 8, 2017 // Chronic Wasting Disease, Public Lands, Science, Wildlife

Thomas Mangelsen's photograph "Winter Herd" portraying thousands of elk on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Mountain Journal's special multi-part series on Chronic Wasting Disease and the potential dangers it poses to Greater Yellowstone's unparalleled wildlife and the specter of risk to human health. Part 1: Greater Yellowstone's Coming Plague
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The Big Picture: Thinking About Greater Yellowstone's Elephants In The Room

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

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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Touching Meaning In A Small-Town Funeral Procession

October 1, 2017 // Community, Community Change

Photo by Timothy Tate
Bozeman, Montana Psychotherapist Timothy Tate Riffs On The Struggles Of Finding Purpose While Living Beneath The Big Western Sky
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The Lords Of Yesterday Are Back And They Want America's Public Land

September 28, 2017 // Opinion, Public Lands

Views from Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument -- Pilot Rock, Courtesy of BLM photographer Bob Wick
Barry Reiswig—a backcountry horseman, hunter, angler and former civil servant —pushes back against what he calls "the radical agenda" of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
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Within An Old Burn, Views Of White Turned To Black And Fading Fireweed

September 21, 2017 // Big Art of Nature

Sue Cedarholm
In Her Latest Installment Of Watercolor Diary, Sue Cedarholm Literally Hikes Into Wilderness From Town With Her Daughters And Finds A Fresh Scene
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A Good Life Writing After Years In The Forest Service

September 20, 2017 // Big Art of Nature, Conservation, Culture

Susan Marsh
Mountain Journal columnist Susan Marsh spent three decades working for the US Forest Service, working on recreation and wilderness protection in both the Gallatin National Forest of Montana and Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest. Today she's an award-wining writer.
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