From the monthly archives: December 2006

A number of the thermal vents in Yellowstone release high levels of carbon dioxide, the very gas that is building up in our atmosphere.

Carbon dixoide is a crucial element for photosynthesis, and some have argued that the growing levels of this gas will make the world greener, better. Unfortunately they tend to work for […]

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Most listings nowadays, and in the past, have come from conservation groups forcing the species onto the “list,” but in an unusual move the Bush Administration has proposed listing the polar bear, which is suffering the effects of warming in the Arctic. That melts the ice the bears need to hunt from. The polar bear […]

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Brodie Farquhar muses about hibernation and and two recent stories about it.

Nap Time For Yellowstone Bears, But Others Still Awake. New West

He wishes he could talk to Yellowstone grizzly biologists to see if warming is causing the bears to hibernate for shorter periods. I don’t know, but I do know that the […]

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Secretary has accepted Gov. Jim Risch’s plan for the 9.3 milion acres of national forest roadless area in Idaho. It is now slated to be become part of the Code of Federal Regulations.

While such a regulation is not as hard to change as a law passed by Congress (as designated […]

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Here is an analysis of what it may take to get the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Area bill through the new Democratic congress.

They are worrying that Custer County might jump ship, but I’d say for every bit given to Custer County (unless it is money) more needs to be given to conservationists. […]

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I hadn’t heard about this until I read the Denver Post today.

Proposed mine could have dreadful impact. By Charlie Meyers. Denver Post

The project would have a huge impact on wild salmon fisheries in Alaska. It also involves two dams, one larger […]

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The sudden aboutface by the federal government on Wyoming’s proposed (and yet to be formally revised) wolf management plan was not the product of Ed Bangs (as some had suggested).

It clearly came from the top, as this editorial in the Casper Star Tribune complains. Wolf conservation groups were not involved. Basically no one was […]

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Like like last May, the Galena Pack has come down out of the White Cloud Mountains in the vicinity of Stanley, ID.

Lynne Stone sent the photos below, taken on Dec. 21. Some happy folks from Stanley were standing in the bad weather watching as well as some employees of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area […]

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Here is another newspaper article on delisting. “Idaho wolves face delisting.” It is the Idaho Mountain Express, written by Steve Benson.

I’m posting it because it has different quotes and new figures not given in earlier articles. For example, Steve Nadeau, the state’s large carnivore manager, said wolves had not […]

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My take on Tim Treadwell-

On December 22, 2006 By

One reader asked that I post an essay I wrote about Tim Treadwell (and Werner Herzog). This is from my old web site, written about a year ago when “Grizzly Man” came out.

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey