Items by Ben Long

At Drake's Bay, real heroes have long term vision
At Pt. Reyes, National Park Service is challenged to protect America's natural treasures.
Rhetoric around wolves clouds reality
Some hot-heads want to eradicate wolves, but data indicate they are far from the majority
A tale of two maulings
Hot pepper, not hot lead, may be a hunter’s best choice for grizzly defense
Beware of wolves cloaked in "access"
Beware of wolves cloaked in "access"
The so-called Wilderness and Roadless Release Act promises greater access to public lands, but will actually end up harming the wild lands most Westerners love.
Time to get serious about fun!
We need more young Americans having fun in the Great Outdoors
Beware of wolves cloaked in "access"
Industry exploits sportsmen's demand for access -- undermining what they hold dear.
10 years post September 11: Keeping America free and open
A vacation to Canada raises questions about our nation, a decade later
Religious Intolerance Plays Role in Presidential Politics
A recent poll hints that voters of both parties have anti-LDS bias.
Lewis, Clark and Darwin
Evolutionary science opens windows into the history of the American West
Famous or obscure, our rivers are priceless
Famous or obscure, our rivers are priceless
The oil spill on the Yellowstone River is just one of too many disasters caused by our addiction to petroleum.
Conservation has become a core American value
Conservation has become a core American value
Conservation was a surprising winner at many local and state levels.
Nothing "wise" about advocating poaching
Nothing "wise" about advocating poaching
No matter how much you hate wolves, you don't have the right to "shoot, shovel and shut up."
Love wilderness? Thank a veteran
Love wilderness? Thank a veteran
Some of the environmental movement’s greatest heroes were also heroes of World War II.
Don’t be afraid of the big bad bears
Ben Long says the National Park Service is practically “bear-anoid,” the way it constantly warns tourists about newly awakened bears when there are so many other, more common dangers in the great outdoors.
Feeling crowded around here? It is!
The writer says our rapid population growth has put heavy pressure on Western wild places
Science vs. science fiction — get it straight
The decision of the Association of Petroleum Geologists to give novelist Michael Crichton its "Journalist of the Year" award for his anti-global warming thriller State of Fear can only increase public cynicism about science and scientists
National Parks are truly under the gun
Reporter Ben Long says the evidence is on the ground: Our national parks aren't getting the money they need
We all lose when scientists sell their credibility
The writer says Michael Crichton does not deserve a journalism award from scientists for his book, State of Fear, about global warming
The Endangered Species Act is a roaring success
The writer looks to the air to see just one success of the Endangered Species Act
Lewis and Clark trout at 200
The writer hails the cutthroat trout, a fish that Lewis and Clark enjoyed eating 200 years ago
Montana’s Marlboro men get ready to bite the dust
The writer says responsibility is beginning to replace diehard individualism in Montana
Wolf opponents just don’t get it
The writer wades into the dispute over wolves in the West, marshalling facts to overcome prejudice against the animals
Surprise! Conservation united Montana voters
The writer says despite the fierce rhetoric, Montana voters supported conservation
Presidential candidates try to look svelte in blaze orange
The writer is amused by the blaze-orange posturing of both candidates for president
Hunter to NRA: It’s the habitat, stupid
The writer blasts the National Rifle Association for neglecting its mission and hawking falsehoods about the Sierra Club
Looking for Heroes? Go to Boise, Idaho
The writer celebrates a jury decision in Boise, Idaho
A cheer for runaway bison and the Rocky Mountain Front
The Rocky Mountain Front in Montana is precious land, and it is under threat from the Bush administration’s predatory energy policy
A cheer for runaway bison and their glorious home
Ben Long writes of his love for the wild Rocky Mountain Front, an area targeted for energy development
Extinction – by the clock
Montana’s two varieties of sturgeon, the white and the pallid, have just been given an expiration date, and human beings should be paying more attention to this extinction
Extinction — by the clock
Ben Long celebrates and mourns the 1,500-pound sturgeon, a dinosaur cousin on a fast track to extinction.