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Grizzlies Deserve More Than Bullets

September 23, 2017 // Grizzly Bears, Opinion

The Great Bear, photograph by Phil Knight
Phil Knight saw his first Yellowstone grizzly 35 years ago. After watching bear numbers climb, he says recovery should not be celebrated by subjecting them to sport hunting. 
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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 Time To Rally: When Ted Turner Gave Jacques Cousteau An End-Of-Life Pep Talk

September 21, 2017 // Conservation, Science

Jacques Cousteau and his prized pupil Ted Turner
Jacques-Yves Cousteau, once the most famous conservationist in the world, was a father figure and mentor to Ted Turner. But near the end of his life Cousteau turned cynical, essentially abandoning his fight to save wild Earth. Turner refused to let him accept defeat.
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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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Lois Red Elk Writes About Ponies—And Remembers Her Horseman Father

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

Horses wander near the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Of My Father and Horses: Lois Red Elk, Mountain Journal's poet in residence, debuts a brand new poem and shares an older one from her acclaimed volume "Why I Return to Makoce"
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Brian Jarvi’s “African Menagerie” Shows How Fine Art Can Move The Masses

September 19, 2017 // Big Art of Nature, Culture

Brian Jarvi in the studio completing his epic masterwork "African Menagerie: An Inquisition"
Unprecedented Wildlife Painting Featuring 209 Species Was Partially Inspired By Thinking About Greater Yellowstone.
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Roadkill: An Emergency Responder, Absent A Gun, Is Handed A Grim Task

September 18, 2017 // Wildlife

Elk, photo courtesy National Park Service/Ed Austin/Herb Jones
When an elk in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is struck by a car, it forces Steve Primm to reflect on the perilous intersections between migratory wildlife, highways and people.
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What's In A Yellowstone Place Name? A Man Of Infamy, It Turns Out

September 18, 2017 // Culture, Yellowstone

Army Col. John Gibbon
Mountain Journal columnist Jesse Logan says Army Col. John Gibbon, who has a river and meadow named after him in Yellowstone National Park, should have those honors revoked for what he did to the Nez Perce
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Selling Off The Historic Playground To Pay For Growth

September 14, 2017 // Community, Community Change

The historic lawn of the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman
Mountain Journal columnist and downtown Bozeman businessman Tim Crawford says growth doesn't pay for itself. And there's no better example than Bozeman public school officials potentially selling off a beloved historic playground to meet budget shortfalls.
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In The Modern World, Why Do We Hunt And Fish?

September 13, 2017 // Hunting

Marshall Cutchin and son
Marshall Cutchin, a lifelong sportsman and founder of the largest online angling magazine in the world, ponders the big philosophical questions relating to hunting and fishing.
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How the Rest Of America Looks To Us From The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

September 13, 2017 // The New West

The view of the world from Greater Yellowstone by Rick Peterson
New Yorker Magazine Cartoonist Saul Steinberg Once Offered Manhattan's View Of The American West As A "Flyover".  Now Mountain Journal, Thanks To The Work Of Illustrator Rick Peterson, Gets Even.
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Of Bias And Bears: Is Delisting Greater Yellowstone's Grizzlies Based On Science Or Politics?

September 12, 2017 // Grizzly Bears

Mother's Watch, photo by Thomas D. Mangelsen (mangelsen.com)
For several decades, Jesse Logan gained renown as a forest ecologist.  He says the scientific rationale behind removing bears from federal protection doesn't hold up to scrutiny. First part in an ongoing series.
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Searching To Find The Soul Of Community In The Welter Of A Boom

September 12, 2017 // Community, Community Change, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly

Bozeman from the Bridger Mountains
To save the best of what remains in Montana's Gallatin Valley, Lori Ryker says leaders and citizens must start thinking holistically—Now.
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Spying The Grand Teton From Delta Lake

September 9, 2017 // Big Art of Nature

Sue Cedarholm's watercolor portrayal of the Grand from Delta Lake
In her question to create a new painting every day for a year, Sue Cedarholm on Day 164, ascends to the shore of Delta Lake below the Grand Teton. 
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