They forgot about the mercury pollution from nearby gold pits-

A scenic hike. By Mike Cothern – Times-News correspondent

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

4 Responses to Nevada's Jarbidge Wilderness, cleanest air, quietest in country

  1. avatar jdubya says:

    It is a beautiful place, though, in the middle of nowhere. But you do have to avoid all of those people carrying shovels.

  2. avatar ProWolf in WY says:

    I guess I wouldn’t have pictured a Nevada forest to be like this. Shows what I know.

  3. avatar kt says:

    Two big things they forgot (and maybe the hikers will read this and become activists) is that the Jarbidge Mountains clear air, quiet and tranquility is greatly threatened by a proposed Mountain Home Air Force Bombing range expansion — for training use by the Singapore Air Force. We are sacrificing the nation’s perhaps cleanest air and tranquility to another country. The flow of $$$ to the airbase is a big fat welfare gravy train to Mountain Home ID.

    The other is: THERE ARE NO COWS AND NO SHEEP in the portion of the Jarbidge Wilderness where these folks hiked. The blight of domestic livestock was removed from a portion of the Wilderness area decades ago.

  4. avatar Barb Rupers says:

    How about more history on the removal of domestic livestock from a portion of this area decades ago. Can we duplicate this effort elsewhere in the West?

    Also a constraint on expansion of activities at Mountain Home Air Force Base should be considered.


October 2009


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~ Edward Abbey

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