Rick Lamplugh

Rick Lamplugh lives in Gardiner, Montana, at Yellowstone’s north gate. He writes to protect wildlife and preserve wild lands. 

His bestseller, In the Temple of Wolves: A Winter’s Immersion in Wild Yellowstone has earned more than 325 Five-Star reviews on Amazon. "As a naturalist, Rick knows his biology and weaves into the narrative important emerging science; the wolf figures large in this wild world, exemplifying top-down ecological cascades. Rick describes the stark beauty and treacherous cruelty of nature with an honest voice that leaves no detail unsaid, be it exquisite or morbid. It’s not only the outer struggles in nature that are revealed in Rick’s writing, but also inner battles with his own human nature." William J. Ripple, PhD, professor, author

His bestselling sequel, Deep into Yellowstone: A Year’s Immersion in Grandeur and Controversy, won a Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. "Eminent naturalist and wildlife advocate Rick Lamplugh draws from a deep personal wellspring of experience and knowledge to take readers into Yellowstone National Park’s wild heart. In this superb weave of memoir, natural history, and public policy grounded in science, he shares life lessons from animals who have crossed his path and unflinching insights about what it will take to conserve bison, wolves, and grizzlies." Cristina Eisenberg, PhD, Chief Scientist, Earthwatch Institute

His new book is the prequel, The Wilds of Aging: A Journey of Heart and Mind. "For many years Rick Lamplugh has passionately engaged the wild world—trekking remote wilderness, bicycling roads less traveled, and advocating for wolves. In The Wilds of Aging, Lamplugh turns to the privacy of his small garden to negotiate the inner wilderness of his own mortality. In outwardly flowing meditations that are as clear and honest as a mountain stream, he delves into the deepest canyons of his being: loss of family and friends, a dysfunctional father, his own inevitable physical decline and death, even a possible afterlife." Tom Titus, naturalist and author

Rick's stories have appeared in Yellowstone Reports and the literary journals Composite Arts MagazineGold Man ReviewPhoebe, Soundings Review, andFeathered Flounder. He won the Jim Stone Grand Prize for Non-Fiction.

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