Video: Preserve the Beartooth Front

This video really struck a chord with me. It was created by a young woman named Starr Brainard, who grew up in St. Paul and is now a student at American University. Her family has vacationed in the Beartooth area throughout her life.

What struck me about it is that Starr’s story is my family’s story. My wife’s family is from the Twin Cities, and every summer her parents would drive her and her three sisters out to the Gallatin Canyon for an extended period.

Forty years ago they found a place on the Stillwater River at Beehive, and eventually retired there. My wife and I would make pilgrimages here with our three boys, and her sisters would come with their families too.

The grandchildren all fell in love with a land that was so different from the cities in which they grew up. They learned what it means to love the land, to use it responsibly, to enjoy its beauty every day we were here.

Today the 13 grandchildren are spread to the winds, in New York City, Washington DC, Nashville, Chicago, the Twin Cities, Denver, Boulder, Eugene, and Santa Barbara. Our place on the Stillwater is hopping from the time the snow melts to the day we close it down in the winter, as they come back to fish, backpack, and enjoy the solitude as the Stillwater goes roaring by.

Starr’s video makes me wonder whether this will be the same place in a generation that it is today. When she brings her kids back, after the drillers have found what they wanted, will there be drinkable water, will the land be scarred beyond recognition, will the beautiful little towns that supply us still exist?

Ultimately the video strengthens my resolve to keep this place from being overrun in the same way that Pavilion, Wyoming and Williston, North Dakota have.

Thanks Starr, and everyone else who is determined to preserve this place for future generations.

Information about Starr comes from the good folks at the No Fracking the Beartooth Front Facebook page. You should like them. They do good work.

About davidjkatz

The Moses family has lived on the Stillwater River since 1974, when George and Lucile Moses retired and moved to the Beehive from the Twin Cities. They’re gone now, but their four daughters (pictured at left, on the Beehive) and their families continue to spend time there, and have grown to love the area. This blog started as an email chain to keep the family informed about the threat of increased fracking activity in the area, but the desire to inform and get involved led to the creation of this blog.
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3 Responses to Video: Preserve the Beartooth Front

  1. Arleen Boyd says:

    Thank you, David.


  2. says:

    Hey David, Nice article and video, saw the 2012 movie Promised Land with Matt Damon about oil company landmen tactics today and made me wonder if in your research youve found out how much land AEC has leased in the area already and if theyre actively signing more landowners up at this time and what areas theyre most interested in obtaining leases on. I think it would be good if we could at least get our side presented to these folks they want to target before its too late. Thanks, Dave

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