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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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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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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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Caretaking America's Wild Homefront

October 3, 2017 // Forest Service, Public Lands

The Gros Ventre Range, photo courtesy  US Forest Service
For Susan Marsh, who donned a Forest Service uniform, mountains were her medicine and protecting wilderness a way of giving back to her country
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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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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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For A Generation, "The Blue Door" Was A Safe Space On Bozeman's Main Street

September 5, 2017

The author contemplates the meaning of red, white and blue from behind the door of his clinical therapy practice in downtown Bozeman, Montana
Psychotherapist Timothy J. Tate says the biggest downside of his community becoming the "it" place is the loss of handshake agreements.
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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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Jesse Logan Explores GYE Backcountry In From Granite To Grizzlies

August 14, 2017 // Columnists, Conservation, Endangered Species, Grizzly Bears, Public Lands, Science

Retired Forest Service beetle researcher Jesse Logan
Just as you can't separate the forest from its trees, you can't extract one strand of the web without stretching, stressing or breaking another. From his basecamp home in Paradise Valley, halfway between Yellowstone and Livingston, retired forest researcher Jesse Logan shares insights about climate change that's already upon us.
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Columnist Rebecca Watters Navigates Nature Without Borders

August 14, 2017 // Climate Change, Columnists, Conservation, Ecosystem Protection, Wildlife

Columnist Rebecca Watters
Aldo Leopold advised the virtues of thinking like a mountain.  Rebecca Watters invites us to ponder wildness from the perspective of a climate-challenged creature, the wolverine.
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