The New West

When people are looking to escape, where do they go? West, where life is still rustic and wild – or so they think. Here's a look at it from our perspective. 

Neofeudal Montana, Lewis and Clark Canoe Trail
Elpel, Thomas
A land and people being conquered by money. Read more >>
Camo, Montana Hunting, Hunting Trends
Dehmer, Kurt
Exposing camophiles.
American Fork Ranch, Montana
Brayton, Lea
Stewardship at American Fork Ranch.
Ruby River
Thomas, Jr., E. Donnall
Fighting for access to the Ruby River.
CSA box, local farming, farm to table, outside bozeman
the editors
Eat better this spring.  “Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?” —Henry David Thoreau Read more >>
Stream access law, Montana fishing, property rights
Zundel, Brent
A history of Montana's stream access law.
Hickey, Ryan
The effort makes the catch
Hilleboe, Ben
What do you envision when you think of “therapy”? If you’re like most people, you probably see a settee in a dimly lit room with “ocean sounds” coming from a CD player. Sound about right? Read more >>
Western, Sally
Near Livingston, artist Parks Reece has made a new addition to the ever-evolving work of art that is his backyard. Built entirely out of salvaged and sustainable materials, a sauna now sits near his granite fire pit and barbeque. Read more >>
With winter just around the corner, it’s important to understand the different options for heating your home. Here’s a look at three different ways to stay comfortable when the mercury drops.The Sun’s Radianceby Todd Hoitsma  Read more >>
Swink, Bradley
I am passionately attracted to the state of Montana: Chico Hot Springs, the Crazies, Livingston, the truly amazing Corral Burger. All are powerful individually; collectively, though, they fuel an overwhelming desire to move to Montana. Read more >>
Sveum, Paul
We’ve all seen them. Like a herd of placid bovines at the feed pile, their Subys line up at the trailhead lot, so caked with dust and mud that you can barely read the Sierra Club, WWF, and “Live Simple So Others Can Simply Live” bumper stickers. Read more >>
Leach, Michael
In a rapidly growing western landscape, the ability to assimilate into the local culture is a skill and even a gift. Read more >>
England, Mike
The law locks up the man or womanWho steals the goose from off the common,But lets the greater felon looseWho steals the common from the goose.—Anonymous Read more >>
Adventure Scientists, Gallatin Microplastics Initiative
Katie C.S. Holsinger
Adventure, science & microplastics in the Gallatin.  
Gallatin Valley Agriculture, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Montana Land Reliance
Orville Bach
Connecting the two in Gallatin Valley. 
Public Land and Water Access Association
Brayton, Lea
As Montana anglers, we sometimes take river access for granted. Not so for the Public Land/Water Access Association, whose goal is to inform the public of access and ownership rights so that our state’s amazing rivers can be enjoyed by all. Read more >>
Northern Lights Trading Company, The Barn Bozeman
Schroeder, David
An icon moves on.
Sage Grouse
Randall, Brianna
Conserving Montana's largest game bird.
Private Property Rights, Montana Hunting Access
Elpel, Thomas
Reclaiming the right to roam.
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