September 6, 2008

  • As Arctic Sea Ice Melts, Experts Expect New Low. New York Times. After a harder than usual winter in 2007-8, climate change skeptics were hailing the winter refreezing of the Arctic Ocean, and even suggesting global cooling was underway because there were not enough sunspots. . . as though ice shelves thousands of years old…

  • We have talked a lot about knapweed on this forum because of its negative consequences for wildlife habitat. Biocontrol has been pushed as an alternative to herbicides, but this is bad news. “ScienceDaily (Sep. 5, 2008) — Biocontrol agents, such as insects, are often released outside of their native ranges to control invasive plants.” Read…

  • Yellowstone numbers strong for August. By Cory Hatch, Jackson Hole News and Guide. The bad economy and high gas prices have not reduced visits to Yellowstone.


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.

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