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Elliott D. Woods

Elliott D. Woods

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.

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Want to Win an Election Out West? It's the Environment, Stupid.

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.

Elliott D. Woods
Oct 28, 2020

Zinke's Gone, But the Interior Won't Change

I've watched Zinke’s downward spiral with trepidation. Yet his departure does not imply a pro-environment reorientation at Interior, and I doubt we've seen the last of him. 

Elliott D. Woods
Dec 15, 2018

The DOI Is Strong-Arming National Park Leaders

Dan Wenk was a career Park Service official who was well-respected by Republicans and Democrats. But he made the mistake of disagreeing with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Elliott D. Woods
Jun 19, 2018

How Much Can One Man Ski in 24 hours?

One man's quest to ski the equivalent of sea level to the summit of Everest and back. Twice. In 24 hours. On a single ski run.

Elliott D. Woods
Mar 20, 2018

Zinke, You're No Teddy Roosevelt

With his office's insult-laden response to the resignation of the NPS Advisory Board, the secretary proves that, like his boss, he's not above mudslinging

Elliott D. Woods
Jan 24, 2018

Trump's Attack Dog on the Environment

Early in his political career, the interior secretary irked fellow Republicans with his willingness to stand up for conservation. Things have changed, and whether you love or hate his ideas, know this: he’s one of the few Trump-era cabinet secretaries with the juice to make things happen, and he’s got the boss’s back.

Elliott D. Woods
Dec 4, 2017

Nicaragua's Bizarre Plan to Bury the Panama Canal

The country's Sandinista government has cut a deal with a reclusive Chinese businessman willing to spend $50 billion on a larger-than-life transport waterway. There are a few unanswered questions, starting with whether Nicaraguans really want it and how much priceless habitat would be wrecked. Traveling the proposed route by motorcycle, boat, and boots, the author hunts for answers.

Elliott D. Woods
Jun 23, 2015

Wolflandia: The Fight Over the Most Polarizing Animal in the West

Twenty years after wolves were reintroduced in the Northern Rockies, many politicians would still love to see them eradicated, and hunters and ranchers are allowed to kill them by the hundreds. But the animals are not only surviving—they're expanding their range at a steady clip. For the people who live on the wild edges of wolf country, their presence can be magical and maddening at once.

Elliott D. Woods
Jan 20, 2015