Based in Livingston, Montana, Elliott D. Woods is an Outside correspondent and a contributing editor at the Virginia Quarterly Review. He covers adventure, conflict, and environmental issues. He has won a National Magazine Award and the Overseas Press Club Award for environmental reporting.
Even in traditionally conservative states like Montana and Wyoming, no single issue unites centrist voters in 2020 more than public-lands protection. That's one reason Montana Republican senator Steve Daines has spent the past 18 months trying to convince voters he's a reliable conservationist. Critics say it's mere "greenwashing," but his success may decide the balance of power in Washington.