How Fir Trees Became Christmas Trees

How Fir Trees Became Christmas Trees by Pat Tucker Broadcast 12.23.2018 Listen:   Fir trees, decorated and lighted, are such a fixture of American homes at Christmas that it’s difficult for us to imagine that it was not always so. But on a time scale of 1 to 10,...

The Power of the Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedars by Mike Roesch Broadcast 11.25.2018 Listen:   The ides of November, a time of limbo between autumn and winter. It is my birthday. I take a walk in celebration of existence. The atmosphere is cool and gray, and the first layers of high-elevation snow...

Glaciers 101

Glaciers 101 by Charles Finn Broadcast 11.4.2018   Listen:   Glaciers: they are sculptors, carvers and artists. When the Bitterroot Mountains, the Missions and the Rockies were raised from the floor of the ocean it was the glaciers that came behind, crawling over the...

Bull Snake Encounter

Bull Snake Encounter by Edward Monnig Broadcast 10.9.2018     Listen:   One recent summer a group of friends and I floated the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in central Idaho. On this eight day trip we rafted 100 miles through some of the wildest country in North...

Montana’s Rain Shadow Explained

Rain Shadow by Alison James Broadcast 5.6 & 5.11.2018   Listen:   I love driving from Missoula to Helena or Great Falls or Bozeman, over the big passes of the Continental Divide and along some of our country’s most spectacular rivers. On the west side of the...