From the Missoula Independent: Feature on the Brandborgs from the Bitterroot

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.




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.

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