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Celebrate Earth Day With 'Voices of Yellowstone's Capstone'

Apr 23, 2020

The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area is one of the crown jewels of the entire Wilderness system. Formed at the conjunction of two of the Rockies’ great mountain ranges, together the Absarokas and Beartooths make up a sublime roadless wilderness that fully deserves this country’s highest level of protection for our shared public lands. In this interview, Traute Parrie, Mary Manning, and Aaron Teasdale discuss this unique area's features as well as tensions and values in preserving wild lands. 

Voices of Yellowstone's Capstone: A Narrative Atlas of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

To hear a conversation with Traute Parrie, Mary Manning, and Aaron Teasedale about "Voices of Yellowstone's Capstone: A Narrative Atlas of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness," click the link above or subscribe to our podcast.

About the Book:

"Voices of Yellowstone's Capstone" is an exploration of the cultural and natural resources of the arresting landscape of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, through engaging essays paired with richly illustrated maps. 

The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area is one of the crown jewels of the entire Wilderness system. Formed at the conjunction of two of the Rockies’ great mountain ranges, together the Absarokas and Beartooths make up a sublime roadless wilderness that fully deserves this country’s highest level of protection for our shared public lands. 

Click here to purchase the book. Proceeds support the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation. 

About the Contributors: 

Traute Prairie

AB Atlas project leader Traute Parrie is at her best in the high mountain habitat of pikas. She is prone to long walks, skis, or rides, with or without a particular destination, such as her recent hike through Yellowstone from Lamar Trailhead south past Thorofare and Hawk's Rest Patrol Cabins, to Jackson. She worked for the US Forest Service for over 31 years, most recently as the Beartooth District Ranger on the Custer Gallatin National Forest, out of Red Lodge. She retained her red-card qualification as a Firefighter throughout her entire career. Now you will find her volunteering on the fun stuff, like pounding nails on fire lookout restoration projects.

 

Mary Manning

Author Mary Manning is the regional vegetation ecologist for the Northern Region of the US Forest Service, in Missoula, MT. Her work is focused on vegetation classification, inventory and monitoring, and assessment, primarily in woodland, shrubland, grassland and riparian/wetland vegetation. She also works on climate change related assessments, forest plan revision and sage-grouse related efforts. Prior to moving to Missoula in 1990, she worked for the regional office of the Intermountain Region on a riparian classification for the Humdoldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Mary also worked for various National Forests and the Bureau of Land Management as a range conservationist prior to returning to college for an MS in range ecology at University of Nevada, Reno, NV. Her undergraduate degree is in Natural Resources Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, with a minor in range management.

 

 

Aaron Teasdale

Aaron Teasdale is an outdoor writer and photographer based in Missoula, Montana. Originally from Minneapolis, his father began bringing him on backpacking trips to big sky country at the age of 10. Over 20 years his work exploring the confluence of adventure, conservation, wildlife, and the power of wild places has appeared in a multitude of publications, including National Geographic, Sierra, High Country News, and many others. He has won numerous writing awards and was named 2016 Travel Writer of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers.