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Amid Partisan Jousting And Talk Of Government Shutdown, Why National Parks Matter

January 19, 2018 // Yellowstone

Old Faithful erupts at night beneath the clear constellation of The Milky Way. Photograph by Neil Herbert/NPS
One teenager's desperate pilgrimage to see Old Faithful erupt is reminder of why we need grown adults making decisions in Congress
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The Guy We All Wanted To Know—And Count As Our Friend

January 18, 2018

David J Swift
David J. Swift dies in Jackson Hole and we remember his everlasting spirit
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Yellowstone Investigates Illegal Release of 52 Park Bison From Quarantine

January 17, 2018 // Bison, Yellowstone

Yellowstone bison, photo by Jim Peaco/NPS
Park officials say criminal trespass undermines effort to get animals transplanted on native reservations
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Trading Away Wildness For Oil And Tax Breaks

December 26, 2017 // Opinion, Public Lands

Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
A respected Wyoming conservationist schools a U.S. senator after he votes to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to energy development
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The Killing Fields Await Yellowstone Bison Once Again In Montana

December 15, 2017 // Yellowstone

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More than 10,000 Yellowstone bison have been killed based on a faulty premise. Like the worry over Chronic Wasting Disease, this controversy has connections to Wyoming's feedgrounds
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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

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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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A Sportsman's Moment of Truth: The Head of Trout Unlimited Weighs In

November 5, 2017

Trout Unlimited's Chris Wood
TU's President and CEO Chris Wood talks Zinke, Pruitt, Climate Change, Pebble Mine and lake trout in Yellowstone
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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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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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A Montana Political Giant Says Citizens Must Hold Elected Officials To Account

August 28, 2017 // Civil Society, Politics, The New West

Former Ambassador to China and U.S. Sen. Max Baucus
Max Baucus, the former Ambassador to China and Longtime U.S. Senator From Montana, Says Citizens Will Get The Democracy They Deserve—If They Demand It
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Introducing Mountain Journal: A New Voice for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

August 14, 2017 // Conservation, Ecosystem Protection, Government Accountability, News, Public Lands, Public-Interest Journalism, Science, The New West, Wildlife

Mountain Journal
MOUNTAIN JOURNAL is public-interest journalism aimed at celebrating an unparalleled region and probing a question: Can America’s last, best and most iconic wild ecosystem be saved? How we make meaning of place and search for answers here has implications for every corner of the country.  
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