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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“This is one scary book—it's hard to imagine a more thorough accounting of the ways we're managing to turn our planet into an inferno.”

Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making  a Life on a Tough New Planet

A brilliant exploration of the rising phenomenon of megafires—forest fires of alarming scale, intensity, and devastation—that explains the science of what is causing them and captures the danger and heroism of those who fight them

The University of Montana will host a conversation with the European Union ambassador to the United States Thursday, September 28 at 7 p.m. in the Montana Theater on the UM campus. Here, Ambassador O'Sullivan speaks about his upcoming visit, and a few key issues facing the EU.

Are You Mis-Using These Common Tree Terms?

Sep 25, 2017
Some write of “conifers and deciduous trees” as if they are somehow different. But, of course, when describing trees the words coniferous and deciduous may be distinctions without a difference.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2.0)

As I split and stacked my winter firewood this fall in preparation for the long nights to come, trees in the surrounding forest were also preparing for winter. While I watched their leaves turning yellow along the flank of the Bitterroot Mountains, I found myself considering the confusing terms people use to describe those trees. In particular, folks tend to mix up perfectly good words in ways that leave me more befuddled than enlightened.

Patagonia

"I mean I don’t know where all this is going, but I can’t believe we’re letting the fabric of the natural world unravel without more of a hullabaloo about it because it’s essentially our greater selves. " -- Doug Chadwick

Truffles, Trees And — Squirrels?

Sep 19, 2017
Truffle With A Squirrel Bite
FLICKR USER, SCOTT DARBEY (CC-BY-2.0)

Walking through the woods recently, I saw a red squirrel digging in the litter of the forest floor. I assumed it was burying a pine cone, but on closer inspection I found a piece of mushroom. Little did I know I was witnessing a process critical to the survival of a forest.

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