The ‘wreckreation’ in our Wild Places

Too many people and too much poop. Packrafts are becoming more common in what were once less-traveled areas, as seen here at Youngs Creek in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness. Troy Smith/CC via Flickr Todd Wilkinson/High Country News Mark DeOpsomer of Bozeman, Montana, is a backpacker with lots of miles on his soles. For almost four … Continue reading The ‘wreckreation’ in our Wild Places

Wild West Summer Vacation 2020

Redfish Lake, Stanley ID On Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 we leave for our Wild West Summer Vacation! Below, you will find our itinerary. This journey will take us to a few of our favorite places along with an entirely new experience in Island Park/West Yellowstone. And when we return, we will share our adventure with … Continue reading Wild West Summer Vacation 2020

Extreme Wildfires are Changing Western Forests

New studies show how high-intensity fires alter flower pollen, soil health and tree growth. Susan Prichard records data while doing research in an area affected by the Carlton Complex fire near Twisp, Washington. Her team’s research found that tree thinning and prescribed burns can help mature trees survive even extremely big and hot fires. David … Continue reading Extreme Wildfires are Changing Western Forests

A Dangerous Cocktail Threatens the Gem of North Idaho

A dangerous cocktail threatens the gem of North Idaho, Upstream mining has left a toxic legacy at the bottom of Coeur d’Alene Lake. Emily Benson/High Country News Early this spring, a migrating flock of tundra swans flew toward a long and narrow body of water in North Idaho marked on today’s maps as Coeur d’Alene … Continue reading A Dangerous Cocktail Threatens the Gem of North Idaho