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Future West Blog

Reducing wildlife-vehicle accidents should be state priority

Future West has taken a leading role in Montanans for Safe Wildlife Passage, a coalition of organizations working to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions in the state. Each year, wildlife-vehicle collisions cause human death and injuries, millions of dollars in property damages, and take an awful toll on wildlife. There are, however, proven solutions – wildlife underpasses, [...]

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life by Dennis Glick My alarm and the robins both started chirping at the same time: 4:30 am. I had committed to attending a meeting in Island Park, Idaho scheduled for 9:00 am. It’s a three hour drive from Livingston, 45 minutes to get ready, and a half hour to walk [...]

The Elephant Greater Yellowstone’s Room

Have you seen the most recent issue of National Geographic Magazine?  In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service, Nat Geo published an unprecedented single topic issue titled “Yellowstone.”  Even more significant, it isn’t just about Yellowstone National Park, it’s about the entire ecosystem that surrounds and sustains it [...]

Is the Process more important than the Product?

When one thinks of conservation, what often comes to mind are efforts to protect an individual species, “Save the fill in the blank!”  When one thinks of improving a community, what often comes to mind is a site-specific project; “Build a fill in the blank!” In the 1990s, I was involved in an effort to [...]

Change is Inevitable

“Change is inevitable. It will happen by design, or by default.” That sage observation by David Brower has influenced much of my conservation work over the past several decades. I have come to the conclusion that directly engaging people in the “design” of strategies to respond to challenges, will yield results that are ultimately better [...]