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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

5 Responses to Shocker! 45th Parallel sign in Yellowstone wasn't in correct location

  1. kim kaiser says:

    i thought i noticed the sign in a different place than in years past,,i just figured the earth had turned or something,

  2. natehobbs says:

    Its never been in the right place!
    but it is close enough for the tourists. I am going to go up there one of these days and find the real mark with a gps just for the kicks.

  3. I’m pretty sure it’s on one of those very dangerous windy bits along the Gardner River where it’s just impossible to stop unless you have a death wish.

    Do you think they moved it to draw less attention to the Boiling River?

  4. mikarooni says:

    I understand that accurate survey information is critical to those individuals actually needing to use that information; however, given the overall state of things, do we, as in terms of the public at large, really need to have an accurate sign showing where to stand for a photo op? I understand that the NPS is in the carnival business by default, whether they like it or not; but, I wish they had just canned the damned sign and spent their time and money on something constructive, like fixing a leaking sewer or standing up and fighting the Montana DOL on the bison issue.

  5. Salle says:

    Good enough for government work.

    (…and all that that implies.)


July 2008


‎"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