From the monthly archives: October 2012

Badly managed cattle devastate the most remote public lands-

“Till the cows come home” . . . that phase usually means a long time. That’s how it is on most of public lands of the Western United States.  The cattle are put out before the grass and forbs (perennial flowers) are sturdy and ready for […]

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Big public Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday-
California Advances Wolf to a Candidate Endangered Species-

The killing of the Wedge Pack continues to stir Washington State. Here is a sample of the stories as of a day ago.

OPB Earthfix: Alpha Male Wolf In Wedge Pack Killed, Ending State Hunt Cascadia […]

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A big victory for conservation after years of political then legal wrangling-

For many years U.S. national forest users battled over development of those areas with no roads (“roadless areas”).  As the more economically valuable roadless area were developed first, those that remained were usually developed only because of ever increasing  federal subsidies. Roads in […]

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SAGE GROUSE:  PROXIMATE AND ULTIMATE CAUSES

When I was in college, one of my favorite courses was animal behavior.  One of the more memorable lessons I learned was the difference between proximate and ultimate causes of behavior. Proximate and ultimate causes of events are important to distinguish.

For instance, say a researcher finds that sedimentation […]

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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