Items by George Wuerthner
Terminology has a big influence on our way of thinking and the way we perceive issues. It also affects the way we allot funds for public lands.
There is no getting around this ecological fact of life: Within nearly all forest communities of the Rocky Mountains, fires are essential form maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
We need to expand our view of time, give natural events more space and look for the heartbeats that keep it all running.
The death of six wolves roaming northwest Montana was a serious blow to the recovery effort, but it may be only a sign of much larger problems facing the species.
Gone from the West for almost 50 years, wolves recently crossed the Canadian border to colonize Montana's Northern Rockies. Up to 20 wolves are spending this winter in Glacier National Park; by spring, the pack could number 40.
One of the most controversial areas where special management or national recreation area status is proposed is along the Rocky Mountain Front, a nearly 450,000-acre roadless area adjacent to the Bob Marshall Wilderness.