Barrasso bill targets beetle kill. By Brodie Farquhar. Casper Star-Tribune correspondent.

Whatever his motives, logging has never stopped any of the current beetle kill which is taking place all over the Rocky Mountains. That’s because beetles are not the ultimate cause; it’s the warming climate. The winters are no longer cold enough to kill beetle infestations.

People don’t realize it, but most of the coninferous forests are going to die and then burn to be replaced by something else — what is not clear.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

2 Responses to Wyoming US Senator's bill claims to target beetle kill in Wyoming; others say he is really interested in a public lands giveaway

  1. Dan Stebbins says:

    This is a sham.

    The only way to stop the pine bark beetle is for consistent -30 F temperatures for a couple of weeks or a forest fire. Maybe the Wyoming senator should try studying the cause of the problem first.

  2. Mack P. Bray says:

    I was curious about the genesis of this bill – who’s idea was it – so I called Senator Barrasso at 1-202-224-6441; Maggie Beal is who I needed to speak with; she wasn’t in (I’ll continue to try to reach her after the holidays) but I did have an “enlightening” conversation with Brian Clifford, who specializes in the Endangered Species Act. Brian is from Long Island and has never been to Wyoming. That should give you a hint as to his level of on-the-ground experience. I gave him a free, yet brief education about delisting wolves, etc.

    Folks, we’ve been in trouble, we’re still in trouble and unless we get some representation at local, state and federal levels, we’ll continue to be in trouble.

    As always, in my opinion, our issues will be resolved only at the voting booth and the courthouse.

    Mack P. Bray
    My opinions are my own


December 2007


‎"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