Posts by: Brian Ertz

Another Solar Development, Another Lost Landscape ?

Chris Clarke gives a remarkable account of another landscape that has found its way into the cross-hairs of Solar Developers and Big Green, and of the locals’ abiding love for the land:

Solar Energy Development in the Carrizo Plain Draws Lawsuits – KCET – The Back Forty


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Mike Hudak interviews Don Oman, a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service, about his experience working with the agency as a part of Hudak’s series of interviews compiled for Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching

Don Oman, a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service explains how political pressure initiated […]

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iPhone App centered around Yellowstone Bison Conflict

Buffalo Haze, a just released iPhone app, is a game premised on the controversial Yellowstone buffalo issue by simulating the yearly hazing practiced by wildlife managers.

Every year bison naturally roam outside of Yellowstone National Park to graze on grasses at lower elevations. Wildlife managers haze the bison […]

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A compact disc features an interview Ed Abbey did with his friend Jack Loeffler. Two clips are featured on the web:
Jack Loeffler in Conversations with Edward Abbey – El Palacio Magazine
Recorded January 1983

‎”Some of us are beginning to catch on to something. Government does not exist to ease, facilitate, […]

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Op-Ed: A mighty wind

On August 8, 2011 By

Trevor Butterworth takes a look at the double-standard for wildlife protections Wind Developers are allowed to play by as compared to other energy industries.  Regulations to prevent huge impacts to birds and wildlife are “voluntary” and often written by the Wind Industry itself.

Op-Ed: A mighty wind – Trevor Butterworth – The Daily


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The Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation has published a comprehensive database if trails and roads in the state displayed over a Google Map.

View the Map


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The National Wildlife Federation published a report demonstrating that Pronghorn and Mule Deer look to be in appreciable decline in Wyoming and Colorado. Looks like Sage-grouse are plummeting as well.

Habitat concerns, as well as Oil & Gas impacts, look to be among the culprits but I find it particularly interesting that the report does […]

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Lamb, beef and cheese have the highest emissions

The Environmental Working Group recently published a report assessing the climate change and environmental impacts of meat production.  They found that not all meats have the same impact.

Visit the 2001 Meat Eaters Guide to Climate Change + Health

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Bruce Babbit, former Secretary of the Interior in the Clinton Administration, claims that the wolf delisting rider was the wake-up call that brought him back into the foray on public land and wildlife issues.  Now he’s taking aim at a piece of legislation that would capitalize on Congress’s slow action and open up greater […]

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Mike Hudak interviews Retired USDA researcher Steve Monsen about livestock grazing’s impact to weed and Pinion-Juniper spread in the western United States:

Retired USDA researcher Steve Monsen explains how overgrazing by cattle and sheep throughout the Great Basin, beginning in the mid-19th century and continuing to the present day, has initiated a cascade of […]

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March 2024


‎"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