From the daily archives: Friday, December 1, 2006

This is the second wolf population estimate this year. The official final figures will be released about next March or April 2006.

The estimate is for wolves in the 3-state Northern Rockies “experimental, non-essential” wolf population area. That means Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Yellowstone National Park is mostly in Wyoming, but part is in Montana […]

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The excerpt below is from the report, dramatic data on the toll cattle are having on our climate and our future. . .

When emissions from land use and land use change are included, the livestock sector accounts for 9 per cent of CO2 deriving from human-related activities, but produces a much larger share of […]

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Every year Ski Area Citizens rates the Western ski areas.

This year the very best one was a tie between Aspen Mountain and Buttermilk, both in Colorado. The very worst was also in Colorado–Breakenridge, followed closely by Copper Mountain.

For the compete rundown 

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In the thread “Do you want to discuss something” “Mike,” who is, suggested folks might want to discuss their favorite designated wilderness area or roadless area (a parcel of public land that may have wilderness qualities but no formal wilderness protection). Mike said that his favorites were Absaroka-Beartooth, the Bob Marshall Complex, the Crazy Mountains, and the Selway-Bitteroot area. These are all in Montana, except the Selway-Bitterroot which straddles the Idaho/Montana border.

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A technical document, part of the current draft environmental impact statement on Yellowstone snowmobile use tells that the requirement that snowmobilers have guides has reduced, but not eliminated, the stress snowmobiles create on the wintering wildlife.

Bald Eagles are the species that show the most stress, followed by elk and coyotes. While the grooming of […]

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December 2006


‎"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