Grizzlies Get A Win On Upper Green
The Upper Green River alloment and Wind River Range beyond. Photo George Wuerthner
The Upper Green River near Pinedale, Wyoming under the administration of the Bridger Teton National Forest (BTNF) is one of the most biologically important areas of the entire Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Anyplace else, the Upper Green would be […]Continue Reading →
Yellowstone and the Land of Hope
The Gallatin Range south of Bozeman deserves to be preserved as wilderness. Photo George Wuerthner
Recently I skied into a Forest Service cabin in the Gallatin Range. Looking out on a meadow with glaciated peaks beyond gave me a chance to reflect on how lucky I was to have public lands available […]Continue Reading →
South Plateau Timber Sale-Another Hack Job By Chainsaw Medicine
Typical pole size of trees in the South Plateau “treatment” area. Photo George Wuerthner
The Custer Gallatin National Forest (CGNF) proposal to log the South Plateau area bordering Yellowstone National Park near West Yellowstone is another example of the Forest Service’s quack chainsaw medicine policies.
The CGNF says the goal of the […]Continue Reading →
The Upper Green River flows through the center of the 170,000-acre grazing allotment on the Bridger Teton National Forest. Photo George Wuerthner
A federal court recently dismissed the lawsuit initiated by The Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Western Watersheds Project, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, and Yellowstone to Uintas […]Continue Reading →
Gratitude for National Parks
Yellowstone National Park brings out the best in society. Photo George Wuerthner
I spent the past week in Yellowstone National Park. I was grateful to the people who had the courage and foresight to establish Yellowstone in 1872.
It was with gratitude that I watched grizzly bears playing among the meadows. Gratitude […]Continue Reading →
Escudilla Revisited, Aldo Leopold-Restoring the Grizzly to the Southwest
Escudilla Mountain rises above the landscape and dominates the views in northern Arizona. Photo George Wuerthner
“Life in Arizona was bounded underfoot by grama grass, overhead by the sky, and on the horizon by Escudilla.” So begins Aldo Leopold’s memorable essay Escudilla in Sand County Almanac, where he describes the killing of […]Continue Reading →
Yellowstone: The Shining Beacon For Conservation
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The park was originally created to protect geological phenomena like geysers and canyons. Photo George Wuerthner
The year 2022 is the 150th birthday of the creation of Yellowstone National Park. The establishment of the park in 1872 is something to celebrate globally. It is a shining beacon […]Continue Reading →
Putting Livestock First in Montana’s Gravelly Range
Gravelly Range has extensive uplands. Photo by Ralph Maughan
The Greenhorn Vegetation Managment plan calls for logging and burning thousands of acres in the spectacular Gravelly Range of Montana, primarily to benefit the local ranchers. The Gravellies occupy the western edge of what is typically recognized as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The […]Continue Reading →
Paradise Lost? Custer Gallatin NF Approves Expansion of Grazing by Yellowstone
Emigrant Peak and Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley. The East Paradise Grazing Decision will increase grazing by livestock on Emigrant Peak and adjacent areas of the Six Mile Creek drainage, an important area for wildlife. Photo George Wuerthner
The Custer Gallatin National Forest (CGNF) recently released its decision on the […]Continue Reading →
Bridger Teton NF Capitulation to Ranchers on Upper Green River Allotment
The Elk Ridge Complex grazing allotments were closed to livestock grazing in 2015. Now the BTNF wants to open them to cattle grazing. Photo George Wuerthner
The Bridger Teton National Forest (BTNF) has recently issued an Environmental Assessment to restock four vacant grazing allotments in the Upper Green River drainage north […]Continue Reading →
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