Where there's smoke there's fire, where there is drought there is incendiary quick-moving fire, and this summer we have seen our share. In the last Captain's Log I recounted flying through the dense smoke to identify lands for wildlife connectivity and habitat. This last month I was flying experts over the devastation that many of these fires caused...

The recent toxic mine waste spill into the Animas River in Colorado raises concerns that a similar spill could happen in the Boise River headwaters. The Boise River provides 25% of the City of Boise's drinking water and serves as a critical source of water for irrigation, recreation and fish and wildlife habitat.
The Badger - Two Medicine is a 165,000 acre area in the heart of the Crown of the Continent. Bounded by Glacier National Park and the Blackfeet Reservation, with wilderness to the west and south, the area is a Traditional Cultural District because of its religious and cultural significance to the Blackfeet Nation.
The National Wildlife Federation, Colorado Wildlife Federation, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Park County officials worked with EcoFlight to fly reporters over South Park as part of the campaign to build support to conserve the area's rich water, wildlife, fish and recreation resources...
Sometimes I wonder what I'm a gonna do but there ain't no cure for the summer time blues, Eddie Cochran 1958. Most of you will not remember that song but I do and it came to mind when I landed at Aspen airport and realized hardly a flight this summer has gone by without some sort of weather challenge. Instead of our typical bluebird skies, they have been gray and threatening for most of the summer, and that gives a conservation pilot the blues...
The Red Desert has immense value for a number of stakeholders including ranchers, historians, archeologists, birders, hunters, geologists, and many others. Currently, our partners at Wyoming Wilderness Association are working to develop consensus on future management for the Red Desert amongst a variety of stakeholders. This work is part of an effort to increase stakeholder communication and consensus that is a key component during the Rock Springs BLM Resource Management Plan Revision and for future congressional protections.
The Upper Clark Fork sits at a pivotal junction for both wildlife and people, because it lies between two keystone ecosystems: the Greater Yellowstone/High Divide on the south and the Crown of the Continent/Glacier region to the north. As important and impressive as each of these ecosystems is separately, it is only together with the intervening ranchlands of the Upper Clark Fork that the true conservation value and long-term community resiliency of the Northern Rockies can be realized.
The Clearwater-Blackfoot Project is one of the largest and most significant unprotected private parcels surrounding the Crown of the Continent. These lands and waters provide critical habitat for threatened Canada lynx and grizzly bears and is regularly traversed by wolverines - one of the rarer mammals left in the continental U.S. It also provides wildlife with connections to other protected land vital to their health and resilience, including the Rattlesnake Wilderness and the South Fork Jocko Primitive Area.
The High Divide is a patchwork of private, state and federal land that connects Yellowstone National Park with the central Idaho wild lands, including the Frank Church Wilderness, and has been identified as one of the most ecologically important natural landscapes in the United States. The area is famous for its working ranches, abundance of fish and wildlife and outstanding opportunities for recreation and scenic beauty.
The Boulder-White Clouds are a crown jewel of Central Idaho. This is where the headwaters of four major river systems originate, where unique critters are found such as bighorn sheep and the elusive wolverine, where the highest-elevation salmon runs in North America occur, as well as rare plants found nowhere else on earth. The region is one of the last, largest under-protected roadless landscapes in the lower 48 states and supports all types of recreational opportunities.
The Trampe Ranch extends over 30 miles along the East River Valley and provides 6,000 acres of some of the most outstanding scenery and open space in Colorado. The effort to preserve the ranch through conservation easement is an opportunity to protect stream habitat, montane meadows, local food production and the beauty that draw visitors to the area.
From its ancient groves of western red cedars and temperate rainforest, to its sprawling alpine meadows, the Great Burn provides crucial habitat connectivity for elk, mountain goats, and wolverines. The area is in close proximity to Missoula and offers some of the best alpine access for hikers and horse-packers in the Northern Rockies.