From the daily archives: Tuesday, May 20, 2008

For those of you with a Harper’s Magazine subscription, you’re in for a treat with Christopher Ketcham’s article They shoot buffalo, don’t they: Hazing America’s last wild herd in Harper’s most recent edition. Ketcham gets it right again.

For those of you, like myself, who don’t have a subscription to the publication, get on […]

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The oil & gas and livestock industries continue to feel the pressure from land use agencies as the evidence piles up indicating that these extractive uses of our public lands are significantly contributing to the precipitous decline in sage grouse numbers.

Sage grouse are described as the “spotted owl” of the ranching industry in […]

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Plans are underway begin developing public lands to accommodate big energy, a move which promises to further fragment already diminishing wildlife habitat :

Feds begin scoping for Gateway West transmission project – Casper Star Tribute

Many of these areas are some of the last best habitat for wildlife such as sage grouse, pygmy rabbit, […]

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Whatever your take on whether the quid pro quo is worth it with wilderness designation, we’re in a different political atmosphere and that is beginning to show results – the bills are getting better :

Simpson removes criticized portion of Boulder-White Clouds wilderness bill – Idaho Statesman

94 federal acres that would have been […]

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Sage Grouse Rock Art

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Sage grouse ~ sign of rock hopping in the mud in the Jarbidge:

“sure shows why petroglyphs are so alluring – their irregularities imitate nature more precisely than a symmetrical or polished western-style depiction/image …”

Photograph © Katie Fite 2008 – Western Watersheds Project

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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