Items by Ben Long

Don’t let politicians kill conservation’s bank account
Don’t let politicians kill conservation’s bank account
If Congress doesn’t act, the Land and Water Conservation Fund will end on Sept. 30.
Selkirk caribou are quietly going extinct
Selkirk caribou are quietly going extinct
The last herd of caribou in the Lower 48 has dwindled to just three animals.
The battle over Montana’s vacant House seat
The battle over Montana’s vacant House seat
A banjo-playing Democrat and a tech-industry Republican are fighting to fill Ryan Zinke’s spot.
The battle over Montana’s vacant House seat
The battle over Montana’s vacant House seat
A banjo-playing Democrat and a tech-industry Republican are fighting to fill Ryan Zinke’s spot.
Who is Ryan Zinke, really?
Who is Ryan Zinke, really?
Trump’s Interior secretary pick set high standards for himself, but his lofty promises to rural voters are a problem.
Why the Malheur verdict sets a dangerous example
Why the Malheur verdict sets a dangerous example
Lawyers “aimed too high” for a conspiracy charge—and lost it all.
Note to politicians: Don’t mess with fishing access in Montana
Note to politicians: Don’t mess with fishing access in Montana
A candidate for governor is drawing heat over revelations that he sued to close river access on the Gallatin River.
Meet the man who changed humans’ relationship with bears
Meet the man who changed humans’ relationship with bears
Montana biologist Chuck Jonkel, who recently passed away, invented bear spray — and saved bears in the process.
Dear Forest Service: Today’s John Muir shoots video
Dear Forest Service: Today’s John Muir shoots video
Let people take all the images they want in wilderness areas.
Green slime – coming soon to a lake near you?
Toxic algae blooms, the result of warmer temperatures, ag and septic runoff, are fouling lakes and ponds across America. Yuck.
How the BLM's communication style can backfire
Managers and the media can create controversy over public land where there shouldn't be.
Collaborative brings good news to Clearwater Country
Can a plan for the future of Idaho's Clearwater National Forest survive Washington D.C.?
Real bears get a helping hand from Hollywood
A bear trainer helps protect habitat for wild grizzlies through his organization, Vital Ground
Montana's Rep. Steve Daines warms up to conservation
A conservative reaches across the aisle to support the North Fork Watershed Protection Act
Man's (and livestock's) best friend
A Montana group trains dogs to keep predators and livestock out of trouble
Sally Jewell's Adventure of a Lifetime
The Interior Secretary nominee's background sets her apart from the vast majority of previous Secretaries. Is that good?
Obama should look to New Mexico for conservation legacy
If Congress won't act, the president should kickstart conservation in the Rio Grande del Norte
Trouble In Mind
Spending time in the forests reveals clues of climate change
Sportsmen given credit in Montana's Dem governor win
Neither political party can take the hunter/angler vote for granted
Sportsmen sealed reelection for Sen. Jon Tester
Montana senate race ended hinged on how well the candidates represented sportsmen
GOP risks much with its zeal to sell public estate
America’s public estate can be claimed as the legacy of both parties. In denying that legacy, the GOP is cutting its own throat
Pesticides and salmon: It ain't about the fish
Congress is short-sighted when it tries to add loopholes to the Farm Bill that remove clean water safeguards
Rinella aims for the impossible, scores a hit
Author, hunter and foodie Steven Rinella probes the question, when is it hunting right, and when is it wrong?
Will Utah clean up its sale of public wildlife?
Sportsmen are growing fed up with a system that lets private organizations pocket millions off the state's wildlife
Digital detox in the high Cascades
The digital revolution adds a new meaning to "getting away from it all."
Disney's Unlikely Heroine: The Huntress
Typically, Disney films feature unflattering stereotypes of brutish hunters and passive princesses. Brave is a delightful exception.
Aging mining law handcuffs the American West
Aging mining law handcuffs the American West
Tucson, Ariz., is joining the list of western cities getting shafted by the out-of-date 1872 General Mining Law.
Anglers can be advocates for endangered fish
Anglers can be advocates for endangered fish
An early encounter with the wily bull trout teaches an angler lifelong respect for this rare fish, and for the Endangered Species Act that helps keep it alive.
Make anglers allies for endangered species
The Endangered Species Act is more flexible than it gets credit for, particularly for those who would eat endangered fish like bull trout
Earth Day -- Gone Fishin'
Sometimes, the best way to celebrate Earth Day is just enjoying Mother Nature.
High Country News Classifieds
  • ANCESTRAL LANDS ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER
    Starting Salary: Grade C, $19.00 to 24.00 per/hour Location: Albuquerque or Gallup, NM Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt Benefit Eligible: Full Benefits Eligible per Personnel Policies Program...
  • GRAND CANYON DIRECTOR
    The Grand Canyon director, with the Grand Canyon manager, conservation director, and other staff, envisions, prioritizes, and implements strategies for the Grand Canyon Trust's work...
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
    Great Old Broads for Wilderness seeks a part-time Administrative Assistant to support the organization's general operations. This includes phone and email communications, office correspondence and...
  • HISTORIC LODGE AND RESTAURANT - FULLY EQUIPPED
    Built in 1901, The Crazy Mountain Inn has 11 guest rooms in a town-center building on 7 city lots (.58 acres). The inn and restaurant...
  • ONE WILL: THREE WIVES
    by Edith Tarbescu. "One Will: Three Wives" is packed with a large array of interesting suspects, all of whom could be a murderer ... a...
  • PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SALAZAR CENTER FOR NORTH AMERICAN CONSERVATION
    The Program Director will oversee the programmatic initiatives of The Salazar Center, working closely with the Center's Director and staff to engage the world's leading...
  • WILDEARTH GUARDIANS - WILD PLACES PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    Salary Range: $70,000-$80,000. Location: Denver, CO, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Missoula, MT or potentially elsewhere for the right person. Application Review: on a rolling basis....
  • RIVER EDUCATOR/GUIDE + TRIP LEADER
    Position Description: Full-time seasonal positions (mid-March through October) Organizational Background: Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) is a 10 year old nonprofit organization fostering community stewardship of...
  • BOOKKEEPER/ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
    Position Description: Part-time, year-round bookkeeping and administration position (12 - 16 hours/week) $16 - $18/hour DOE Organizational Background: Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) is a 10...
  • LAND STEWARD
    San Isabel Land Protection Trust seeks a full-time Land Steward to manage and oversee its conservation easement monitoring and stewardship program for 42,437 acres in...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Ventana Wilderness Alliance is seeking an experienced forward-facing public land conservation leader to serve as its Executive Director. The mission of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance...
  • COMMUNICATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    The Quivira Coalition (www.quiviracoaltion.org) is a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that builds resilience on arid working lands. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education,...
  • GRANT WRITER
    "We all love this place we call Montana. We believe that land and water and air are not ours to despoil, but ours to steward...
  • DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    The Development Director is responsible for organizing and launching a coherent set of development activities to build support for the Natural History Institute's programs and...
  • WILDLIFE PROJECT COORDINATOR
    Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 53 state/territorial affiliates and more...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Cinnabar Foundation helps protect and conserve water, wildlife and wild lands in Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by supporting organizations and people who...
  • TRUSTEE AND PHILANTHROPY RELATIONS MANGER,
    Come experience Work You Can Believe In! The Nature Conservancy in Alaska is seeking a Trustee and Philanthropy Relations Manager. This position is critical to...
  • OLIVERBRANCH CONSULTING
    Non-Profit Management Professional specializing in Transitional Leadership, Strategic Collaborations, Communications and Grant Management/Writing.
  • GREAT VIEWS, SMALL FOOTPRINT
    Close to town but with a secluded feel, this eco-friendly home includes solar panels, a graywater reuse system, tankless hot water, solar tubes, and rainwater...
  • COMMUNITY ORGANIZER- NORTHERN PLAINS RESOURCE COUNCIL
    Organize with Northern Plains Resource Council to protect Montana's water quality, family farms and ranches, & unique quality of life. Starts $35.5k. Apply now- northernplains.org/careers