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Approximately a year ago, I wrote the commentary below on the proposal to remove feral horses from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. A new editorial in the Washington Post was published today arguing that these domestic animals, now feral, should be permitted to dwell in a national park dedicated to protecting and enhancing the […]

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A recent study claims active management can preclude large blazes like the Dixie Fire pictured here. Photo George Wuerthner 

A recent paper Forest restoration and fuels reduction work: Different pathways for achieving success in the Sierra Nevada has gotten a lot of press in the California news media.

The researchers claim […]

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Lochsa River on the Nez Perce Clearwater NF, Idaho. Photo George Wuerthner 

The Nez Perce Clearwater National Forests in central-northern Idaho contain more wildlands than almost any other national forest in the lower 48 states. Recently, the Forest released its forest plan on November 28, 2023, which will determine the management for […]

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Old growth forest along the Salmon River, Oregon. Photo George Wuerthner

The Wall Street Journal’s December 21, 2023, editorial board wrote that Biden’s New Forest Plan will “lead to more uncontrolled fires—and won’t help the climate.”

The WSJ is upset that the Biden Administration plans to ban logging of old-growth forests […]

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Grayling possess a large dorsal fin, and depend on cold, clear water for survival. Photo George Wuerthner 

In 1991, I, with the help of Jasper Carlton at the Biodiversity Legal Foundation, petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to list the Arctic Grayling (sometimes called Montana Grayling) under the Endangered Species […]

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The Camp Fire that destroyed Paradise, California, was an urban blaze driven by high winds. Photo George Wuerthner 

A new paper, “Wildlands-urban fire disasters aren’t a wildfire problem,” published in PNAS, challenges traditional approaches to wildfire management strategies.

The researchers note that most of the large blazes that destroyed homes, including […]

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Wolves successfully live in states or parts of other countries with far greater human populations than Colorado. Photo George Wuerthner 

A recent NPR radio story titled: “Is Colorado Too Crowded To Support Wolves” suggested that with 6 million residents, there wasn’t enough habitat to sustain wolves.

I’ve been involved with wolf […]

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Severe deforestation on the Wallowa Whiteman National Forest, Oregon justified by fire scar reconstructions. Photo George Wuerthner 

One of the biggest problems, and also a source of disagreements in wildfire discussions, stems from the use of different temporal and spatial scales. What may seem like excessive wildfire under one set of […]

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Save Wild Bison

On December 1, 2023 By

Bison and Tetons, Grand Teton NP, Wyoming. Photo George Wuerthner 

In a recent New York Times commentary, author Dayton Duncan celebrated what he termed as the ongoing restoration of bison across the West. Hundreds of thousands of bison reside in the US on ranches, Indian reservations, and state and federal lands.


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“The grazing of livestock, where established prior to the effective

date of this Act, shall be permitted to continue subject to such

reasonable regulations as are deemed necessary by the Secretary of


The Wilderness Act of 1964, Section 4(d)(4)(2)

Cattle grazing […]

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February 2024


‎"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