People, practices, and ideas that help sustain health on personal and planetary levels.
Stories of the people and organizations working towards expanding America's wilderness legacy for future generations to enjoy.
With review of a dozen National Monuments currently underway, how we relate to place comes back into the spotlight yet again. In spirit of exploring this rich human-nature dynamic, here's five of my favorite books about place.
The Greater Yellowstone Coalition works to protect the largest, intact temperate ecosystem in the world. Here's how.
The proposed removal of the grizzly bear from the Endangered Species List stirs up a heated and emotional nation-wide controversy. When I set out to better understand both sides of the argument, I discovered a common concern expressed by pro and anti delisting advocates. The grizzly bear delisting is about more than protection under the ESA; it's about the future of wild places.
Local wilderness advocacy in southwest Montana builds upon the legacy of the state's former Senator (1961-78), Lee Metcalf. A pioneer in social rights and environmental protection, Metcalf advocated for protecting the places where we can experience wildness and reconnect with something larger than ourselves.
After a winter spent inside, Utah's desert reconnects me to the value of time spent in the wild world. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance seeks to protect places from human development so we may continue to find quiet and enjoy low-impact outdoor recreation in redrock landscapes.
Of all the ways we can help mitigate our environmental impact, food is probably the biggest. From the soil to the saucepan, here's ways to buy and/or grow food that helps sustain healthy ecosystems.
Matthew and Karin of Three Fiddles Farm speak truths about the challenges and potential of local food.
Farmers and wildlife are often in conflict when agricultural land borders wilderness. Yet both farm and wild lands are endangered. Ecoagriculture offers an alternative way to envision development so eco and local food systems may thrive.
A trip to Bozeman's Amaltheia Goat Dairy reveals how farms and gardens can work as "food forests," where closed systems make for minimal waste.
Slow Food encourages "good, clean, and fair" food from farm to fork. Yet it's a not silver bullet to the dilemmas of America's industrialized food system.
Culture & Politics
From national politics to local nonprofits, petitions to paradigm shifts, this section of These Words looks at the ways we can "be the change we wish to see in the world."
On Saturday, I joined millions of others around the world in Montana's expression of the Women's March. Here's what I learned.
If you're like me, you may have forgotten a thing or two since Political Science 101 freshman year. In this entry I revisit some of the basics for how state government works, and how to get involved in legislation on a local level.
Five I'm Gonna's in the fallout of Trump's election as President of the United States.
A new boutique in Bozeman's historic Emerson Cultural Center offers handmade jewelry, art, ceramics, woman's clothing, and more. Connecting consumer to maker, store owners Jen Tapp and Mariah Palmer work towards supporting smaller economies.