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Years ago I got an alert from an environmental group urging me to write my congressman in support of a wilderness bill. In addition to writing my congressional representative in Montana, the nonprofit suggested I turn my comments into a letter to the editor. Their reasoning was that, if published, such a letter would reach a broader audience. So I dutifully sent off a letter to my congressman at the time, Ron…
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by: George Wuerthner – Spring 2018

Grizzlies in Jeopardy

Proposal to remove Yellowstone bears from Endangered Species Act is premature

The Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to delist grizzlies from the protection of the Endangered Species Act in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The basic rationale for delisting is that the geographical distribution of bears has increased, particularly in areas south and…
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by: George Wuerthner – March 20, 2017

No, California’s Forests Aren’t Failing to Regrow After Big Wildfires

New study about low conifer regeneration based on Forest Service's timber stocking based silvicultural standards, lacks context

Recently researchers at UC Davis and the US Forest Service presented a new scientific study that suggested a dire future for forests in California. The study on conifer establishment after wildfires in California found that 43 percent of their study plots did…
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by: George Wuerthner – January 5, 2017

Genetically Unique Yellowstone Bison Deserve Endangered Species Status

Montana should stop killing wild bison that venture beyond park boundaries

A number of environmental organizations, Western Watersheds Project, The Buffalo Field Campaign, and Friends of Animals, have petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list the Yellowstone bison under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Some may be baffled why any bison…
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by: George Wuerthner – October 4, 2016

The Profanity of the Profanity Peak Wolf Pack Massacre

The only realistic solution to this conflict is to retire the grazing allotments on public lands

The recent killing of six members of the Profanity Peak wolf pack in NE Washington in retribution for the loss of a few cattle is emblematic of what is wrong with public land policy. As I write, trappers are out to kill…
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by: George Wuerthner – September 8, 2016

The War Against Wildfire

Forests in the American West have been shaped by fires. So why do we continue to fight them?

Chad Hanson lopes over to a patch of young conifers and waves an arm at me. “Come over here, he says excitedly, pointing to dozens of one- to three-foot-tall saplings. “Look at pines and firs growing under these snags. See how healthy they are? And here, see these holes in the blackened bark? Those were made by black-backed woodpeckers. They are seeking the grubs of beetles that burrow into the dead trees…
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by: George Wuerthner – Autumn 2016

A Birthday Gift for NPS: Obama Creates Maine Woods National Monument

Decades of efforts to establish a national park in Maine’s vast North Woods region pay off

In honor of the National Park Service, which turns 100 today, President Obama yesterday signed into law the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine using his authority under the Antiquities Act. Obama’s action follows in the tradition of many other…
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by: George Wuerthner – August 25, 2016

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