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GYWA is saddened to report the passing of GYWA board member Joe Gutkoski.
We honor Joe and all of the work he has done for wilderness in the northern Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Listen to Todd Wilkinson's lecture at the 45th anniversary of the Gallatin Wildlife Association.
Message From the President
By Joseph Scalia - GYWA President
September 27, 2021
As the world deteriorates ecologically and societally, we are seeing in Montana's new wolf "hunts" a march of barbarism and contempt for life unfolding before us. The kill having been authorized after Montana's own Democratic Senator Jon Tester supported the State determining what it does with wolves, it has begun, with a mother wolf and two wolf pups of Yellowstone's Junction Butte Pack already destroyed. Bumper stickers expressing the callous nature of the killers brazenly show two wolves in a rifle scope's crosshairs, with the caption "Smoke a Pack a Day." Let's not be lulled into construing such vileness as mere differences in values.
Such acts steal another's right to life, allowing the thief to believe themself a great hunter for having "taken" the wolf. Never mind that the splendor of that wolf is snuffed out at all, and never mind that it furthermore was done in defiance of fair chase hunting ethics. There is nothing potent or masculine in this, nothing indicative of a brave or great white hunter.
This is part and parcel of a narcissistic and grandiose vision of Dominance of Nature that not only is tragic for the majestic and soul-stirring grey wolf, but is also demonstrative of the growing totalitarian and paranoid positions being taken on many issues in today's world. We cannot grant a pass to those engaged in acts of hatred, appropriation, and exploitation. They must be called out for what they are. These are craven and detestable acts, and we should not mince words about it.
A short film by GYWA
The Gallatin Yellowstone Wilderness Alliance (GYWA) is a non-profit grassroots wilderness organization based in Bozeman, Montana. We formed in early 2019, at a time when our very planet and humanity itself are terribly imperiled, and too many conservation groups keep carving up the landscape, and calling it a victory. We aim to rally public support around the proposal to protect the remaining 800,000 acres of roadless lands on the Custer Gallatin National Forest north of Yellowstone National Park as Wilderness. These vital wildlands contain world-class wildlife habitat and critical landscape linking the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to other large ecosystems to the north, creating connectivity crucial to the preservation of both the region's and the Earth's threatened biodiversity. Because these dangers have been kept from public awareness, we aim to respectfully open up a needed, hard conversation.
Recent Articles & Publications
October 22nd - Phil Knight, What Will It Take to Wake Us Up?, Counterpunch
October 12th - George Wuerthner, The Industrial Forestry Paradigm is a Threat to the Forests of the Northern Rockies, Counterpunch
October 8th - Howie Wolke, Why We Need Big Holistic Wilderness, Counterpunch
September 22nd - Jim Furnish, Forest Service "Debacle" In Black Hills Must Not Be Repeated Elsewhere, Mountain Journal
September 22nd - Mike Garrity, Clearcutting Yellowstone, Counterpunch
September 11th - John Potter, Bozeman, Montana: Capital Of The New Unwild West?, Mountain Journal
August 18th - Phil Knight, Meditations on Loving the Land, Counterpunch
August 17th - Todd Wilkinson, Last Trek Of The Human Wolverine, Mountain Journal
August 16th - Joseph Scalia, Wildness Ought To Make Us All The Wiser, Mountain Journal
August 12th - George Wuerthner, Wild Bison Restoration, Rewilding Earth
August 11th - George Wuerthner, Good Fire / Bad Fire: a False Paradigm, Counterpunch
August 5th - Phil Knight, A Yellowstone Wolf-Watching Guide Wonders Aloud: What Century Are We Living In?, MoJo
July 22nd - Stephen Capra, The federal government must step in to save America's wolves, The Hill
July 20th - Multiple Authors, In The Bull's Eye: A Human Swarm Is Overwhelming The Yellowstone Region, Mountain Journal
July 9th - George Wuerthner, Thinning Nuance, Counter Punch
June 27th - George Ochenski, Montana is melting thanks to fossil fuel-addicted politicians, Independent Record
Summer 2021 - Joseph Scalia, The Inherent Trauma of Conservation, Bozeman Outside
June 25th - George Wuerthner, It's Time We Change How We Talk About Wildfire, The Hill
June 23rd - USGS, Greater Yellowstone Area Expected to be Warmer and Drier, Science Daily
June 11th - Amanda Eggert, The Crazhy Mountains' Next Act, Montana Free Press
June 4th - Phil Knight, Montana: Worth Fighting For, Despite the State’s Current Political Mess, Counterpunch
June 2nd- Helena Dore, Timber project in north Bridgers to begin this week, Bozeman Daily Chronicle
May 25th- Todd Wilkinson, Eruption: How Human Development Is Degrading The American Serengeti, Counterpunch
May 25th- George Wuerthner, Nuance in Wildfire Policy is Badly Needed, Counterpunch
May 25th- George Wuerthner, Wildfire legislation misses the mark, Independent Record
May 21st- Laura Lundquist, Wildlife advocates ask Congress, Biden administration to up grizzly bear efforts, Missoula Current
May 14th- Mike Garrity, Big and Bad National Forest Clearcuts Continue, Counterpunch
May 14th- Dana Johnson, Wilderness and the Value of Doing Nothing, Counterpunch
May 11th- Ted Zukoski, Forest service is flunking Biden's science test, The Hill
April 23rd- Dorothy Bradley, We can all step up for one last call of the wild, Bozeman Daily Chronicle
April 15th- Damion Carrington, Just 3% of world’s ecosystems remain intact, study suggests, The Guardian
April 7th- Beverly Law & William, Moomaw, Curb climate change the easy way: Don't cut down big trees, Phys.org
April 7th - Todd Wilkinson & Tom Sadler, What Toll On Wildness When Humans Want It All?, Mountain Journal
April 4th - Cathy Whitlock, Montana's WSAs must be part of climate-smart conservation, Missoulian
April 1st - George Wuerthner, Antidote For Rural Sprawl–Land Use Zoning, The Wildlife News
March 31st - Todd Wilkinson, Wildlife's Most Ferocious Predator: Human Sprawl, Mountain Journal
April 2021 - Christopher Ketcham, The Business of Scenery, Harper's Magazine
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