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Charting a New Path for Yellowstone’s Bison

6/17/2015 // By Kit Fischer

Yellowstone’s bison have faced more hardship and controversy than nearly any other large mammal in America. In the early 20th century, bison were nearly slaughtered to extinction by commercial hunters. The National Park Service estimates that less than 50 wild bison remained …

Big horn sheep. Photo by Steve Woodruff

U.S. Sheep Station in Conflict with Wildlife

5/29/2015 // By Tom France

Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding national forests and wilderness areas of central Idaho are some of the nation’s wildest country. Two of the greatest wildlife habitats in this region are the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and …


An Open Letter to the Last Wild Bison of America

11/11/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

Dear wild bison, It’s time you made a comeback. But first, I want to apologize. Even though you are magnificently large and swift – the largest terrestrial animal in North America – our forefathers hunted you to the brink of …

Bison on Cheyenne River Stephen C. Torbit

Wild Bison’s Long-Awaited Homecoming Continues

10/22/2014 // By Judith Kohler

Two decades of work to restore wild bison across landscapes they once dominated continues to pay off. The latest good news is that Fort Peck in northeast Montana is getting more Yellowstone bison. The state Fish and Wildlife Commission has …

Bison walking through deep snow in Yellowstone National Park. Flickr photo by Jim Peaco.

Our Chance to Make Things Better for Yellowstone Bison

4/10/2014 // By Hank Fischer

Most people visit Yellowstone National Park during the summer and fall months when the valleys are green with grass and dotted with bison.  It’s easy to forget that Yellowstone is a high-elevation (most of the park is over 6,000 feet) …

Yellowstone bison and calves. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Julie Schultz.

Give Yellowstone Bison a Year-Round Buffer Zone

2/27/2014 // By Kit Fischer

Almost like clockwork, the Yellowstone bison wars begin anew. This time, however, it’s a much different and important battle.  As deep snows continue to accumulate on the high Yellowstone Plateau and bison begin their inevitable migration out of the national …

via Flickr user Steve Tatum

Coal Exports Travel Too Close to Our Wildlife and Iconic Places

11/8/2013 // By Mollie Simon

Coal, once a keystone to the American identity, is having trouble staying competitive. With natural gas prices low and the demand for responsible energy options high, coal no longer has a solid place in the American market. So now coal …

Willow Lake Park in Arizona operated by the City of Prescott.

7 Gorgeous Alternatives to National Parks

10/10/2013 // By Dani Tinker

Update: Nature Find is still a great tool to find national, state, city parks and other sites to connect with nature. This past Sunday I decided to go hiking with a friend. It was a gorgeous day and we decided …

Bison and calf. Flickr photo from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Why Can’t Bison Roam on Public Lands?

9/9/2013 // By Kit Fischer

Bison are public wildlife, but it’s confusing because some are also owned as private domestic animals.  The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, the model practiced to manage our nation’s wildlife, failed this animal.  Wildlife need areas to roam and …

Bison start moving off to graze. Photo copyright Alexis Bonogofsky

Restoration of 34 Wild Bison to Tribal Lands Marks New Milestone

8/23/2013 // By Judith Kohler

  Another homecoming, another important milestone in the quest to restore wild bison to tribal lands and their rightful place—the grasslands they once roamed by the millions. An enthusiastic crowd of about 150 greeted  34 bison as they were freed Aug. 22 …