From the daily archives: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

“Reduced grazing saves carbon”

A few years ago we discussed a Wohlfahrt study in the Mojave Desert which strongly suggested that desert ecosystems may play a significant role in sequestering carbon out of the atmosphere and sinking it into the soil.  Studies in Germany likewise demonstrated that human impact to soils both decreases the amount of […]

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The Snake River Canyon between Alpine and Jackson Hole, Wyoming is notable for its unstable mountainslopes. This mountain range is very prone to earthflows, one reason the Snake River Range is not cut up with dirt roads. The whole place would come down. However, a U.S. Highway has followed the canyon for perhaps 75 years, […]

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George Wuerthner has authored this important report evaluating the objects of current and historical predator management and its consequences.

Management of Predators: A need for changes in policies
By George Wuerthner, May 2011 – Commissioned by Big Wildlife

ABSTRACT: Management of predators has historically been based on extirpation and/or a grudging […]

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Here is an important, but little reported story from Demarcated Landscapes-

Fire evacuations in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area.

Update: Arizona fire: Residents forced to flee as winds fuel blaze. Threats to towns rise as […]

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Grand Teton Park’s grizzly bear 610 has her first cubs-

Daughter of famous griz is a mom now, too: Grand Teton wildlife watchers thrilled by new generation. Jackson Hole News and Guide. By Cory Hatch

Here is a feel good story, and the old gal, gb399, is […]

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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