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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. 

Last Trek of the Human Wolverine

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.

"Yellowstone Wilderness"

A short film by GYWA

About Us...

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

December 3rd - Stephen CapraDemocrats and the Wolf Slaughter, Counterpunch

November 29th - Steve Kelly Sen. Tester’s Wilderness Act Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Counterpunch

November 7th - George WuerthnerInfrastructure Bill Promotes Subsidized Logging, The Wildlife News

November 3rd - Joseph ScaliaCan the Wolf Unite Us? Environmental Leadership in Polarized Times, Counterpunch

October 22nd - Phil KnightWhat Will It Take to Wake Us Up?, Counterpunch

October 8th - Howie WolkeWhy We Need Big Holistic Wilderness, Counterpunch

September 22nd - Jim FurnishForest Service "Debacle" In Black Hills Must Not Be Repeated Elsewhere, Mountain Journal

September 22nd - Mike GarrityClearcutting Yellowstone, Counterpunch

September 11th - John PotterBozeman, Montana: Capital Of The New Unwild West?, Mountain Journal

August 18th - Phil KnightMeditations 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 WuerthnerGood Fire / Bad Fire: a False Paradigm, Counterpunch

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 11th - Amanda Eggert, The Crazhy Mountains' Next Act, Montana Free Press

June 2nd- Helena Dore, Timber project in north Bridgers to begin this week, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

May 25th- George Wuerthner, Nuance in Wildfire Policy is Badly Needed, Counterpunch

May 25th- George Wuerthner, Wildfire legislation misses the mark, Independent Record

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,

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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