Implicit in the late Wallace Stegner's phrase, "a society to match the scenery," is the belief that the West is built from the bottom up, and that the health and vitality of the land and its wildlife will be determined by the health and vitality of the communities that dwell on that land.
this issue, High Country News begins a series of portraits in words
and photographs of little-known Western places that are shaping and
will shape the West. The articles are nonideological, but they are
informed by the conviction that the future of the region will not
be determined by presidents or land managers or the Congress or
even by national constituencies that care about the
Ultimately, the West will be shaped by
Stegner's "stickers' - by communities and individuals who figure
out how to live in and adapt to the region over the longer
This series is dedicated to the stickers of
yesterday, today and tomorrow, beginning with the people who built
Butte, from the bottom up.