About the author


Alan Gregory is a writer, specializing in natural resource and conservation policies, players and issues with occasional sorties into the realm of politics. He’s also a naturalist, but is not a biologist, having flunked his first college biology course before switching his major to journalism. He was born in Massachusetts, but his family moved soon after to Oregon, then California and New Mexico before landing in Idaho. He’s been hiking forests, bogs and wetlands in his home state as well as New England, the Adirondacks and
Pennsylvania, where he has hung his shingle since 1989, the year he departed active duty in the Air Force (only to log 16 more years as a reservist, retiring in 2004 as a lieutenant colonel).

Alan’s been writing a conservation column for a daily newspaper in eastern
Pennsylvania for more than a decade. He’s done volunteer work for a bunch of conservation organizations, including Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, the Nature Conservancy and the North Branch Land Trust near his current home of Conyngham, Pa. He was also a member, for a number of years, of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association, and is a life member of the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association.

Alan’s spouse was a double lung transplant recipient and was the chief academic officer at Penn State University’s Hazleton, Pa., campus. She died Sept. 27, 2010, just weeks shy of their 31st wedding anniversary and the seventh anniversary of her life-giving transplant.

Alan’s home

My place is anywhere I set my pack down. It’s millions of acres wide. And guess what? It’s also yours, if you’re a citizen of America. The place is our American public lands, our great national commons.

Trouble is there’s a lot folks who want to steal our land; some live here in Pennsylvania. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum was one of the ringleaders. Thanks to the clear-headed voters of Pennsylvania for finally tossing him out. George W. Bush is also one of the anti-conservationists and so is Dick Cheney.

My goals are different. I want to put some songbirds back in the woods and keep more wild brook trout in the water. I favor fewer whitetails and more critters with big teeth and claws. I promote the rewilding of North America.

As a conservationist, I’m strictly opposed to the good old boys, the off-road cowboys and cowgirls, the bucket biologists with their hatchery mongrels and the politicians whose vocabularies are limited to what their rich cronies want to hear.My dad (he died in August 1980 while I was a second lieutenant in Georgia) launched the parks and recreation curriculum at Idaho State University. That’s also where I got my journalism degree. I practiced the craft of newspapering in Idaho for a few years before moving onto the Air Force, where I also did a lot of newspapering.

I’m not at all quiet about the men and women who’re stealing and trashing our natural heritage. Nor should you.

60 responses to “About the author

  1. Well, this is a new shot for me. Strictly conservation topics. Let me know your thoughts, please.

  2. Alan, I think this blog is proving to be a very good fit for you. As you know, I tried keeping such a blog for a little while under the auspices of the PWRP, but found it draining. Reporting on news that’s almost always depressing has that effect on me. But I’m a poet; you’re a soldier and a damn good one. Keep it up!

    By the way, I hope you’re not shy about promoting this via email. You know a lot of people in the conservation community, and even brief messages to conservation- or biodiversity-oriented listserves might not be inappropriate if the moderator approves. It wouldn’t be self-promotion. You’re doing this as a serice — people need to know about it.
    – Dave B.

  3. Last week Audubon Colorado, a few Audubon Chapters and individuals filed formal “protests” on the scheduled oil & gas drilling lease sale for parcels that have Gunnison Sage-Grouse and Lesser Prairie-Chicken leks and habitat. So far these parcels have not been withdrawn from lease sale eligibility on November 9.

    I am asking each of you to take 20 minutes to send a fax/letter/email to the person in charge of this gas & oil lease sale, Sally Wisely who is the state director of the Bureau of Land Management (tho some parcels are on Forest Service land, the BLM does the oil & gas leasing for all federal and some private lands). We need to let Ms. Wisely know that there are many Coloradoans who are concerned about our Gunnison Sage Grouse and Lesser Prairie-Chicken populations.

    It is best to send a fax, but if not convenient then send either a letter or an email to the addresses below. Be sure to put your full name, street address and city on your comments and sign those comments you fax or send by letter. If you have ever viewed either Gunnison Sage-Grouse or Lesser Prairie-Chickens, or intent to do so, please note that. If you are a birder, please note that and add info about your traveling to see birds.

    I think it is helpful to copy your comments to both Senators Allard and Salazar, but you have to fill in their online webforms as noted below. And please copy your text and send it to me as I will use the summary information (ie, you have received comments from X number of birders, and X number of persons who still want to view X) in the comments I send to her.

    Points to make (please rephrase in your own words as they devalue form letters):
    –You strongly oppose the lease sale of parcels with Gunnison Sage Grouse and Lesser Prairie-Chicken leks and habitat.
    –Keeping these parcels, identified in the protest filed by Audubon Colorado, in the lease sale is jeopardizing the existence of populations of these species.
    –That Gunnison Sage Grouse is listed as a Species of Special Concern by the State of Colorado.
    –That Lesser Prairie-Chicken is listed as Threatened by the State of Colorado and has been granted Candidate status under the Endangered Species Act.
    –Colorado Division of Wildlife is putting a lot of time and effort into protecting existing populations of both Gunnison Sage Grouse and Lesser Prairie-Chicken.
    –Gunnison Sage Grouse is a very imperiled species with fewer than 3,500 birds teetering on the brink of extinction.
    –Lesser Prairie-Chicken—parcels in this lease sale encompass 6 active leks that account for the majority of the known birds on the Comanche National Grasslands. Lesser Prairie-Chickens have been declining on these public lands since 1989 with only about 38 males counted in 2006.
    –Relying on a 1991 Oil & Gas Leasing EIS for Lesser Prairie-Chickens and a 1993 Oil & Gas Leasing EIS for Gunnison Sage Grouse violates NEPA regulations. These old and outdated EIS’s do not include current information of species populations and risks, nor recent research on the impacts of oil & gas drilling on these species.
    –The parcels that have leks or habitat for Gunnison Sage Grouse and Lesser Prairie-Chicken must be withdrawn from this and future lease sales

    Thank you in advance for helping protect Gunnison Sage-Grouse and Lesser Prairie-Chicken in Colo.
    SeEtta Moss (send comments to prairie.grouse@yahoo.com)

    FAX: 303-239-3799
    Attn: Sally Wisely, State Director

    Sally Wisely, State Director
    Bureau of Land Management, Colorado State Office
    2850 Youngfield Street
    Lakewood, Colorado 80215

    Email: sally_wisely@co.blm.gov

    Senator Allard:

    Senator Salazar:

  4. Alan — nice, informative blog. I found it from Ralph Maughn’s page. I’m going to link to it on my own, http://www.demarcatedlandscapes.blogspot.com. I was unable to find any way to contact you on your blog other than through the comments sections.

  5. Hey Bro, I like the new site. Keep up the fight for the critters and habitat. I will keep up the fight for the local food system and food we can all enjoy while changing the way we farm. Keep on growing!

  6. Alan

    Jumped over from Ralph’s page, finally. Interesting to see from your bio that you pushed through to LTC in the Air Force. I made it to Major in Army Special Forces before departing active service after 14 years in 1992. Much of my thinking about conservation problems is structured by my experiences in the Army and in a lot of different places around the world, where ecological destruction is so complete that no one who lives there realizes what’s been lost over thousands of years. I have no interest in seeing the Rocky Mountains turn into what is now southwest Asia. There’s a lot of thinking to do.

    Best wishes
    Robert Hoskins

  7. Robert, thanks for the kind comments. I enjoyed every minute of my 26 years in uniform and still cling, mostly, to the belief that a few years in uniform would be good for many young people. Hard to be an advocate for such, though, in the current political climate highlighted, especially, by the Dick-and-George warmaking.
    I came to my conservation philosophy through those years in the Air Force, traveling hither and yon and witnessing terrible environmental degradation there and great natural beauty in the next spot. I remain disheartened by the weak conservation “community” here in PA, where I ended up, having followed my wife, a Penn State professor and administrator. The general feeling among conservation groups here is to never say anything critical out of fear of losing the meager dollars thrown their way by state agencies, especially the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
    More on all this later.

  8. Alan

    I have made a decision to avoid the traditional conservation groups, the ones that have joined the conservation industry, to the best of my ability. The one thing I have noticed in the growth of the conservation industry is a decline in democracy at all scales. I believe that this abandonment of community is having a serious impact on conservation, certainly where I live. This is especially the case even with all the hype about collaborative, consensus building exercises, which I have found to be quite exclusionary, by design. By and large, it’s a fraud.

    At the same time I am heartened by the existence of many local, grass roots groups throughout the country, about which you’d never hear if it were left up to the conservation industry to publicize them. It seems to me we need to draw the boundaries differently and think about things in a different way.

    I am one of those who thinks a hitch in service would do most people some good. Like you, I realize that now’s not a good time, although I have counseled a young man from around here who is determined to enter Special Forces from the conventional Army. He has already spent a tour in Iraq in a tank unit. The middle east was my area of speciality and the recent events in Iraq reflect the worst kind of strategic idiocy and cultural arrogance in U. S. history. Conversely, if you wanted an A plus example of how exactly not to do things, point by point the Bush administration has provided it. To find an equal example of stupidity you have to look at the British involvment in the Crimea.

    Having left the conservation industry, which is mostly about politics, I am trying to turn my attention to alternate ways to protect and sustain wildlife and wildlands. What is drawing my attention right now is old fashioned natural history as a way of encouraging people to become indigenous to the places where they live, in a bioregional context. There is I think, following on research done with native communities, great cultural and ecological benefit from having a baseline of community ecological knowledge from people being on the land. Where it exists, you have a chance to protect certain places. Where you don’t have it, you’re in trouble.

    In other words, conservation is a personal responsibility, not one of government or “non-govermental” organizations, which are just another form of the corporation. .

    Best wishes,

  9. A think the seminal event that soured my thinking of the big national-level conservation orgs was the session of a National Audubon Society board meeting I happened to (partly) sit through in the late 90s at a plush hotel on North Carolina’s Outer Banks (NAS board meetings are routinely held in different venues). Without getting too long-winded, let me just say that I was shocked over what I heard coming from the mouth of one of the directors of this venerable organization. The discussion topic was the Arctic Refuge, and the director (an oil man I found out later) as much as said that NAS should not strictly oppose resource extraction on the refuge. This was pre-Bush, too. I’m a life member of the SC and Trout Unlimited, as well. But I still look at small, lean groups like Forest Watch (Vermont) and Forest Guardians (New Mexico) and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance as being the most effective. And I contribute what little financial resources I have to share to groups like these that have proven to me that they’re focused on Wild Nature first and foremost.
    Speaking straightforwardly on behalf of Wild Nature ought to be the guiding principle behind the “big” groups, but too often real conservation appears to take a back seat to “consensus building” and “compromise,” such as the oil man/Audubon director suggested. I’ve also been disappointed — for years — that members of NAS’s national board are selected for board membership for reasons that are far, far removed from real conservation. When a small group here in Pennsylvania launched a new science-based conservation group six or so years ago, its board made a very wise and conscious decision not to seek any state “grants,” because of the strings, real or perceived, that come with them.
    So yes, I agree that the big groups are more about getting along and dealing with “politics” than they are about real conservation.
    I define conservation as the preservation of Wild Nature for its own sake. Environmentalism, on the other hand, is about fighting pollution and promoting public health issues and such.
    Thus, I am a conservationist.
    Best regards, Alan

  10. Alan,

    In response to your comment on Ralph Maughan’s Wildlife Reports listed below.

    “Don’t forget that at least in some instances (admittedly I don’t know the exact circumstances behind each predation incident) the livestock was grazing on public land through a permit issued at far-below-market rate fees. So, the taxpayer subsidies the livestock grazing and then subsidies the killing of the public’s wildlife (the predators) through Wildlife Services. The only benefit goes to the livestock producer.”

    The taxpayer never has subsidized livestock grazing on public lands. Subsidized means that the government pays a portion back. The livestock owner does not get anything back from the governments so this is not a subsidy in the true meaning of the word. The livestock owner does pay low fees at the market rate for grazing on public lands and these rates are lower that the rates for grazing on private land. But this should not be an issue. These rates were well established before the return of the wolf to the US and has been in place for decades.

    Linking these low rates to the killing of the wolf by wildlife services has no correlation as one was well establishe way before the wolf was reintroduced. Don’t forget that the livestock owner is also a taxpayer and he also pays the same taxes all taxpayers do. Your assessment is therefore not correct. Unfortunately, the livestock owner does not benefit as you say in your comment; neither do the wolves or anyone else. It is a lose for all.

    Also remember that at least the livestock owner pays something for the use of public lands. Do you or I. No, we use it for free. All users of public lands should pay something to help maintain them but human beings, in general do not pay.

  11. Laird, thanks for visiting my blog. I disagree with you on the issue of subsidies. Americans who pay federal taxes do indeed subsidize the grazing of livestock on our federal rangelands. I refer you to this excerpt from a column written by Oregon-based conservation consultant Andy Kerr: “Taxpayers are subsidizing livestock grazing on the public land to the tune of $10.74 for every $1.00 received. [7] Because of these subsidies, it costs an elite set of ranchers only $1.35 per month to keep a cow and calf on public land. It costs more to feed a house cat. If it ever made sense to grazing the public lands, it certainly does not now. Don’t expect most public land grazing permittees and many government bureaucrats to change their ways. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get someone to understand something when their livelihood, profits or lifestyle depends on not understanding it.” You read the full article, as well as the pertinent literature citations, at Andy’s Web site: http://www.andykerr.net
    As for other users of public lands, again federal taxpayers pay maintenance activities on our lands through the taxes we pay. Yes, this is a direct payment — taxpayer to government. And our tax dollars are then disbursed among the different land management agencies in the form of the budget funds.
    Now, having said that, let me add that I have no problem in paying a “direct” usage fee. In fact, I have done so for many years, buying Federal Duck Stamps to use as admission to those national wildlife refuges we visit where a fee is charged. They include Bombay Hook in Delaware and Chincoteague in Virginia and Bosque del Apache in New Mexico. The Duck Stamp is a particularly effective fee because revenue from their sale goes directly back into conservation — the purchase of land for our national wildlife refuges.
    Yes, the livestock producer pays something to graze cattle or sheep on public land. But if the fee was based on the prevailing market conditions, the fee would be many times what it is today. Public land ranchers get forage for their animals. That is the return they get for paying the below-market fee.

  12. Two new studies show why some people are more attractive for members of the opposite sex than others.

    The University of Florida, Florida State University found that physically attractive people almost instantly attract the attention of the interlocutor, sobesednitsy with them, literally, it is difficult to make eye. This conclusion was reached by a series of psychological experiments, which were determined by the people who believe in sending the first seconds after the acquaintance. Here, a curious feature: single, unmarried experimental preferred to look at the guys, beauty opposite sex, and family, people most often by representatives of their sex.

    The authors believe that this feature developed a behavior as a result of the evolution: a man trying to find a decent pair to acquire offspring. If this is resolved, he wondered potential rivals. Detailed information about this magazine will be published Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

    In turn, a joint study of the Rockefeller University, Rockefeller University and Duke University, Duke University in North Carolina revealed that women are perceived differently by men smell. During experiments studied the perception of women one of the ingredients of male pheromone-androstenona smell, which is contained in urine or sweat.

    The results were startling: women are part of this repugnant odor, and the other part is very attractive, resembling the smell of vanilla, and the third group have not felt any smell. The authors argue that the reason is that the differences in the receptor responsible for the olfactory system, from different people are different.

    It has long been proven that mammals (including human) odor is one way of attracting the attention of representatives of the opposite sex. A detailed article about the journal Nature will publish.

  13. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

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  16. Christine Freeberg

    Dear Alan,

    Hi there. I recently came across this blog and am really enjoying it!

    I’m a 24-year-old college student, majoring in journalism, from northeast Pennsylvania and for the next three and a half months or so I will be covering the natural gas drilling that is currently going on in this part of the state.

    I will be writing several short stories and am trying to find people who are knowledgable about the subject and have a strong opinion about it to talk to. So far, the only feedback I have received has been from landowners who are thrilled at the prospect of having money handed to them, but I think it would be great to get a viewpoint from the opposing side.

    If you would be at all interested in answering a few questions via e-mail or maybe even conducting a short phone interview, please let me know. Also, if you have any recommendations of anyone else I might be able to talk to, that would be extremely helpful as well.

    If not, I completely understand. I know your time is valuable. I will still continue to read and enjoy your blog.

    Thank you so much,


  17. Hi Alan,
    Read your article in the Standard Speaker this morning (Feb. 15, 2009). We must be neighbors! If you aren’t already aware, I thought you might like to know about a new non-profit organization I founded last year….the Center for Landscape Design & Stewardship. Its mission is to promote public interest and education in landscape design, environmental planning, and natural and cultural resource stewardship. The long-term goal of the CLDS is to establish a botanical garden and education center within the Hazleton Area. One of the key educational objectives will be to teach people how home landscaping can improve environmental quality through design techniques, use of native plants, rainwater recycling, etc. We are looking for people like you to help support the mission….if you are interested in learning more, please see our website: http://www.DigCLDS.org.
    Krista Schneider

  18. Hi Alan,
    Glad to see this blog and think it’s great that you’re still giving them heck. Even gladder to hear you’re in good stead after your horrendous mishap.
    I’m living now on the Delaware River in Lower Mt. Bethel Township and would like to pass a law banning Jet Skis and all of their insipid brethren. What are my chances?

    Jeff Cox

  19. Hi Jeff. I think about you often while walking down Benjamin Avenue here in the borough and past the apartment house where you lived for a time. Remember? I did indeed have a rough time for a while. In fact, both Monica and I have had rough health-related times together. We’ll celebrate our 30th anniversary in October with a trip to the Lake Placid area (one of our favorite places to visit during our 2.5-year stay at the now former Air Force base up that way. Speaking of Air Force, I have asked Kanjorski to intercede and help me get my Air Force retirement pension now, rather than waiting until I’m age 60. We shall see. In any case, it is great to hear from you. A few weeks ago I exchanged e-mails with Bob Laylo, formerly of the Morning Call. Keep in touch.

  20. Hi Alan,
    Many fond memories of Benajmin Avenue, indeed. My days in Conyngham, too few though they were, will always occupy a pleasant spot in my personal history. Nice of you to remember. I also remember the old S-S and lament its passing. It was a fun little paper with a familial camaraderie among its staff.

    I wish you luck with Kanjorski; he’s a frequent guest on CNBC, where I have worked the past two years. Enjoy the Lake, and please extend my fondest wishes to Monica. Hope to see you both on one of my trips back home.

  21. Hey Alan, great to run across your blog. I am a former Virginian who moved to Idaho in the mid-80’s. It’s great to see someone on the East Coast taking an interest in western public land issues. I think if people could see what’s happening on the ground with their lands, they’d be outraged.

    Your reply to Laird above was right on! If he doesn’t think taxpayers are subsidizing public lands livestock grazers, he’s smoking some serious stuff.

    Besides the below market rate public lands ranchers pay–$1.35 per month for a cow and a calf, or 5 ewes and their lambs, about 1/10th of market rates–taxpayers spend money for things like troughs, pipelines and fences on our public lands that only benefit ranchers. These goodies easily run into the thousands of dollars, and ranchers don’t have to repay the government for them.

    For example, I’m aware of a grazing allotment near where I live, where the agency just put in 5 miles of barbed wire fencing on national forest land to try to contain the ranchers cows. Figure $10K/mi for fencing (conservative estimate), at 5 miles=$50K we the public just spent. It would take many decades to recoup the payments from the few hundred cows this guy runs on the national forest land. And that doesn’t begin to factor in the damage these cows do to streams and wildlife habitat, which would be a huge cost to restore.

  22. You miss spelled William Mader (not Meador) in your article on Washington County Utah HCP. Thank you for writing the article I was digging for info on why Bill was quickly, secretly replaced.

    • It’s fine to say “customers should have the tools and protocols they need”, but how often is that the real reason for doing this sort of thing? I’m a consultant and run into Microsoft and IBM quite a bit and most of the time these guys push &#28t0;solu2ions” onto customers that are inappropriate simply because they (IBM/MS) have the product, not because it really is the best way to do something. If you were starting from a clean slate, then I don’t think your pragmatic approach would be considered pragmatic 😉

  23. I grew up in the Adirondacks and feel a deep kinship with the “wild” country up there. Your piece in the Hazleton Standard Speaker, Aug.1st. was great to read, and like you I have a deep love of Nature and lament the current generation’s indifference to the natural world. Please keep writing!

  24. Thanks for the kind words Jean. I do indeed miss the wild Adirondacks; the joy and solitude that come with sitting on a mountaintop and taking in the vista of an unbroken forest below the summit.

  25. Hi Alan,

    I see you keep linking to some of the Adirondack regions most anti-environmental papers. If you have the time, take a look at Adirondack Almanack, I think you’ll find it worth following and may want to add a link to your sidebar. Thanks for keeping your great site going. I’m a regular reader.


    John Warren

  26. Done, John. And I added the link. I just received my latest order from The Mountaineer in Keene Valley. Am ready to return to the North Country and get some serious hiking in. Thanks again.

  27. Kathleen Kaz Culp

    Dear Alan: I posted this on your site…just found your this am…Thanks for your service to our country…: I need your help…I put my wolf, Yedi, into the Wolf Sanctuary of PA (Litiz, PA) on 9 SEP 2010, I had to fly to Korea (military duty) 10 SEP…I found out he escaped from the handler around noon on 10 SEP…think he may be up near Pocono Pa area…I just returned from Korea and need to find him…he did have a collar and red/white nylon leash on at time of escape…he is very shy and NOT aggresive or dangerous, beautiful grey, about 85 pounds…please spread the word and help me out..I am planning to leave (Fayette County, PA) maybe even today SUN, 10 OCT to travel out to Pocono region…my cell: 724-562-3696 (n0 text)…landline: 724-326-4232 ,,,I am offering a generous reward, I am ready to leave for Afghanistan and must find him before someone hurts him/or worse…THANKS! Kaz

  28. I’ve very much your enthusiasm and support for the forests of Pennsylvania and the Appalachians. I wanted you to know about a new publication about the spruce forests of the Appalachians that I was a part of. Dad,
    I recently published an article in an Appalachian Mt. symposium in West Virginia. It is about North Mt. birds among other things.
    See the following announcement:

    A new publication has been added to the Treesearch web site, Proceedings from the conference on the ecology and management of high-elevation forests in the central and southern Appalachian Mountains.
    It will be available from the following URLs:

    Treesearch: http://treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/36047

    Proceedings of the Conference on the Ecology and Management of High-Elevation Forests in
    the Central and Southern Appalachian Mountains held May 14-15, 2009, at Snowshoe
    Mountain Resort, near Slatyfork, WV. The proceedings includes 18 peer-reviewed papers and
    40 abstracts pertaining to acid deposition and nutrient cycling, ecological classification, forest
    dynamics, avifauna, wildlife and fisheries, forests pests, climate change, old-growth forest
    structure, and regeneration, and restoration.

    My article is on page 48.

  29. Great blog… lots of important information that the media traditionally overlooks – thank you!

  30. Alan, I appreciate your covering the TRCP and the economics/outdoors connection in a recent blog entry. I’d be glad to add your contact info to my media database if you’d like to receive our occasional press releases directly. E-mail me at kmckalip@trcp.org if you’re interested, and feel free to contact me at any time with questions about the TRCP and our conservation policy work.

    Katie McKalip
    TRCP Director of Media Relations

  31. Nice to find you. I’m enjoying your posts. Keep on hiking and enjoying the back country of our beautiful lands.

    • RodrigoYa he encontrado el problema. El caso es que el libro tiene que tener entre sus metadados el de el idioma o si no el diccionario no lo reconoce (aunque el que yo intentaba traducir es en ingles y no venia con ningún idioma pero el español si funcinaba). El caso es que al configurarle como ingles, los diccionarios en ingles ya lo reconocen. Para ello he usado el carleib.Saludos.

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  33. Hi Alan, I was really glad to find your blog. I’ve been fighting a battle w/the APA (Adk Park Agency) for 8 yrs trying to get them to do their job & enforce shoreline regs in Willsboro Bay on Lake Champlain. Someone committed a really egregious act last Sat. brushhogging a large area of a Class 1 NYS owned wetland Big Brook Marsh at the southern end of Willsboro Bay. Now, again, playing the usual game of follow the bouncing ball as the APA & DEC insist it comes under the other agency’s jurisdiction. I believe that the DEC is correct & the APA is responsible for enforcement. If they get away w/this, all hell is going to break loose around here as many are watching to see if the APA does anything & many more will be committing acts against the bay if they don’t enforce the regs! How do I get in touch w/you? I have photos & I think you’ll be interested in writing about it, esp when you hear the history & background of the people who did this, Thanks!

  34. Sir, I’m working on a book detailing Space Sites in New Mexico – your picture of Capilla Peak (with the observatory in the background) is virtually one-of-a-kind… would it be possible to discuss usage of the photo in the book?

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  53. Alan – Thanks for the informative and comprehensive conservationist info! I’m interested in pursuing Wolf Reintroduction in PA and looking for allies. I am a high school teacher in suburban Philadelphia and many of my students are passionate about this issue. We find a serendipitous opportunity exists if we can infiltrate the imagination of our Governor Tom Wolf. However the response we received from the PA department of the interior tried to appease up with info about Fisher reintroduction. We have also contacted “Defenders of Wildlife,” and The Great Wolf Lodge but neither has responded. If the Great Wolf Lodge wants to exploit the name of the Timber Wolf then they should be held accountable for supporting this beautiful animal’s existence in the “wilderness” it occupies. I am a published writer and an energetic teacher/coach and interested in escalating this campaign. Please contact me if you’d like to share ideas. I’d appreciate it!

    Happy President’s Weekend!

    Ben Winderman

  54. Just in time for a new hero – Alan your work speaks for itself, and I appreciate every word/acre left for the living creatures of our commonwealth and nation. I taught American history and government for 25 years and now it’s time for me to do my teaching, writing, healing, and kneeling outdoors. I brought the work of Barry Lopez, John Muir, Thoreau, Emerson, Willa Cather, Gifford Pinchot, Edward Abbey, Rachel Carson, Lame Deer, Black Elk, and many more to my own kids and my students, but this past election made it impossible for me to teach without cynicism. I don’t want to be dark, but I need natural light, no more fluorescent. Please stay in touch; I know I can help. Governor Wolf’s here serendipitously, but his imagination needs an update spark. America needs wild to know freedom, and humanity needs America.

    We don’t need The Great Wolf Lodge using Canus Lupus for their brand, but ignoring their responsibilities to the species that represents their identity. William Penn knew and so did Benjamin Franklin – Its time to bring Wolves home, they’re the teachers of optimism, resilience, and family.

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