Montana has a long tradition of listening to and respecting — revering — its writers and the state’s literary tradition. In an unprecedented show of unity, more than forty of Montana’s best writers have gathered, in rapid response fashion, to write original essays and testimonials advocating for the protection of our public lands, and endorsing Democratic House of Representatives candidate Rob Quist’s position on this (literally) most common ground of issues. Please vote on May 25.

Tom Murphy

Every Blade of Grass

Richard Wheeler

I’ve often thought of public lands as the fruits of stewardship. Miraculously, given our acquisitive nature, our federal and state governments have set aside something of our natural world for future generations. Little did our fathers understand that this stewardship, this sequestering of nature from our itch to own and control every acre and every animal, would soon be our best hope, our salvation. Thanks to our public lands, we can still believe our children and our children’s children, can find peace and joy and sustenance in the blessed fields and hills of the natural world. Every blade of grass blesses us.

Richard Wheeler is a writer who lives in Livingston.