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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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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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Spooked By The Ghost Forests Of Greater Yellowstone

September 6, 2017

Dead whitebark pine trees in Greater Yellowstone. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Decades ago, Forest Service entomologist Jesse Logan feared climate change would devastate whitebark pine, an important food source for Greater Yellowstone grizzlies. Unfortunately, his prediction has proved true.
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Wilderness: America's Second-Best Idea Is Under Attack—Unfortunately By Some Recreationists

September 6, 2017 // Wilderness

Detail of Monte Dolack's painting A Peaceable Kingdom of Wilderness
In this second part of an ongoing series on wilderness in America, MoJo columnist Franz Camenzind shines a light on efforts in Congress to roll back federal protection for wilderness. One of the main surprising instigators, he says, are mountain bikers masquerading as conservationists.


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The Voice Of Lois Red Elk-Reed Hails From The Real Old Old West

September 5, 2017 // Culture

Lois Red Elk-Reed and husband, Dennis, at Standing Rock in autumn 2016
From working on multiple fronts to preserve her culture to advising Hollywood on its portrayals of native people, Lois Red Elk-Reed, of Fort Peck, Montana, has gained acclaim as an "organic poet".
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