Like an oak. The stubborn Brandborgs and the fight for wilderness

by Jessica Mayer. The Missoula Independent.

I have heard tales of Stewart Brandborg since I was a young man. I’ve never met him. He still lives in the Bitterroot Valley and fights on. It isn’t just one generation though. Stewart Brandborg’s father, Guy was a prominent early conservationists. I have read that love of the wild outdoors runs in the blood (today we’d say “genetics”). It is also passed down by teaching and experience.

I don’t have many heroes, but those I do have are people like this.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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