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Everyone Has An Opinion About Government But Many Citizens Would Flunk Civics

December 11, 2017

In this provocative column by Susan Marsh, she wonders aloud: If citizens are so ignorant about lots of things, are we expecting too much in asking them to know and care about public lands, wildlife and nature?
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Making Teddy Roosevelt Mad Not Proud: Trump and Zinke Score A Witless Triumph In Utah

December 5, 2017

Zinke photo courtesy Gage Skidmore/flickr.  Trump photo courtesy Michael Vadon/Flickr
The U.S. President And His Interior Secretary Demonstrate A Clueless Understanding Of Economics Driving The New West.
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A Mountain Town Man Hits The Wall Of A Midlife Crisis

December 4, 2017 // Community, Community Change

Photo courtesy Garrett Grove (garrettgrove.com)
In Part 2 of Timothy Tate's series "When Peter Pan Enters Middle Age", Walt hits the couch behind The Blue Door
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Poems About Mato And The Power Of Bear Medicine

December 3, 2017 // Culture, Public Lands, Wildlife

"Bear", a sculpture by Haida carver William Ronald Reid Jr. (1920-1998) at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology. Image courtesy Wikipedia
Perfect for the approaching solstice, MoJo Poet In Residence Lois Red Elk shares two works about how a great nation and a beloved elder dream of bruins
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The World We Ski Across Is Flat

December 1, 2017

Sue Cedarholm's watercolor "It's a Small World"
With her latest painting in Watercolor Diary, Sue Cedarholm reminds us that our moments on the slopes are linked to the works of others on the other side of the world.
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Bowing To The Silver King

November 28, 2017

The mighty  Megalops atlanticus
Mountain Journal's fly-fishing columnist Liam Diekmann carries the spirit of his patriarch in search of tarpon
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What Does It Mean To Be An Animal Person?

November 22, 2017 // Hunting

Study after study confirms that sentience (emotions, connection and intelligence) flows across species.
Marc Bekoff, a leading figure in the American animal rights movement, sounds off on Wyoming's proposed hunt of grizzly bears and emerging science revealing the emotions and intelligence of non-human beings
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Is Greater Yellowstone Really Ready To Confront Its Future?

November 22, 2017 // Public Lands, Ranching, The New West

Photo courtesy Trust for Public Land
From concerns about population growth and climate change to wildlife diseases and rising levels of recreation, FutureWest hosts a symposium focused on the future of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
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When Peter Pan Enters Middle Age

November 21, 2017 // Community, Community Change

So full of vim and vigor in their youth, men in many mountain towns live lives based on athletic achievement, independence and focus on self—and then middle age delivers a crushing blow of reality
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A Wildlife Tour Guide Speaks Out Against Destruction Of Yellowstone Bison

November 19, 2017 // Bison

Lone Bison silhouette in Hayden Valley  NPS / Jacob W. Frank
In This Guest Essay, Conservationist Phil Knight Criticizes Treatment of America's Official National Mammal In Montana
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Chronic Wasting Disease Strikes Montana And Continues Its March On Yellowstone

November 16, 2017 // Chronic Wasting Disease, Public Lands, Wildlife, Yellowstone

elk graph
Part 3 in Mountain Journal's ongoing series on Chronic Wasting Disease. With ultra-deadly CWD now in Montana wildlife for first time, critics say public officials are demonstrating irresponsibility by having no coordinated plan for confronting the disease
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The Land Is Big, We Are Small, The Potential Perils Many

November 10, 2017

"Avalanche Canyon" by Sue Cedarholm
Sometimes Art Puts The Scale Of People In Perspective. In Watercolor Diary, Sue Cedarholm Goes To Avalanche Canyon
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Why Don't We Shoot Bald Eagles For Sport And Fun?

November 7, 2017 // Endangered Species, Grizzly Bears, Hunting, The New West

Is the main reason we recover species to shoot them and sell hunting tags?
Some Argue The Reason We Remove Animals From Federal Protection Is To Hunt Them. Are They Right?
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What Does It Take To Create A Conservationist?

November 6, 2017

Photo courtesy Michele Parent
Retired Forest Service Wilderness Manager Susan Marsh contemplates what inspires wilderness users to become wilderness protectors.
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