I am for wilderness.
I’m for protecting the places close to my home and close to my heart.
I’m for rugged mountains and pristine forests.
I’m for cleaner air and water.
I’m for protecting wildlife habitat and species.
I’m for keeping our wild heritage alive.
Wilderness makes me happy, helps my community and protects the environment — and I want a better future for the wild places I love.
I am for wilderness. Are you?
– Jose Arroyo
Often forgotten in confabs like this one is this: There will be no hunting if all the habitat is lost to sprawl, paving, roads, pollution, climate change, and more. There is no grand secret, but lost amid all the yelling about a president’s alleged taking of personal firearms and other right-wing lies is this: Saving habitat is key. And restoring lost habitat is also on the mark.
Posted in human development, hunters, hunting, Idaho wildlife, raping of land, scars on the land, sportsmen, sprawl, wild nature, wildlife crime, wildlife habitat, Wildlife Services, wildlilfe migration corridors, wildness
Tagged conservation, Conservation Reserve Program, habitat fragmentation, hunting, wildlife habitat
At last count, that is. And Idaho Fish and Game officials in Boise get to tally up the hunting and trapping license revenue, cause that’s how the agency’s budget gets its m0ney (mostly). Meantime, the increasingly muddied ecosystems which gray wolves patrol (regardless of political boundary lines) struggle on. The human propensity for killing carnivores is alive and well. The first near-extinction of Canis lupus didn’t teach enough. Sadly, I know for certain that are conservationists in the Adirondacks who continue to advocate for the return of big predators to that still-mostly-wild region. This link offers a snapshot of the wolf-killing ongoing in Idaho.
Posted in Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, gray wolf, Idaho, Idaho and wolves, Idaho Fish and Game Department, Idaho wildlife, wild nature, wilderness, Wilderness Act of 1964, wildness, wolf bounty, wolf mythology, wolf predation, wolves
Tagged Canis lupus, carnivores, ecosystem services, gray wolf, Idaho Fish and Game Commission, Idaho Fish and Game Department, license revenue, predators, wolves
This, my latest newspaper column, is a look back at Frank Church and an ex0ploration of saving places for the wildness.
Posted in Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, National Wilderness Preservation System, wild nature, Wild talk and commentary, wilderness, Wilderness Act of 1964
Tagged Frank Church, Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, National Wilderness Preservation System, politicians, Salmon-Challis National Forest, wilderness, wildness
Eddie Zygmunt, of Northeastern Pennsylvania, is a longtime friend and conservation colleague of mine. This op-ed from his pen was just published in the Patriot-News, the daily newspaper of Harrisburg, the state’s capital city. Eddie turned out a really nice piece. Read it, and let me know what you think.
Posted in carbon, carbon dioxide, carbon emissions, climate change, conservation, conservation biology, conservation funding, wild nature, Wild talk and commentary, wilderness, wildlife habitat, wildlife issues, wildlife management, wildlilfe migration corridors
Tagged carbon, climate change, conservation, Ed Zygmunt, global warming, Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, wildlife habitat, wildlife issues
I found this placard alongside a hiking trail in southern Arizona a few years ago. The quote is so true.
This article from Twin Falls, Idaho, takes a nice hard look at poaching and the investigatory tricks employed by investigators. But there remains a whole other class of what could just as easily be called criminal: The ongoing destruction, paving over, fragmentation and outright loss of fish and wildlife habitat.
Posted in conservation biology, crimes against nature, critical habitat, poaching, wild nature, Wild talk and commentary, wildlife crime, wildlife habitat, wildlife issues, wildlife management, Wildlife Services, wildlife smuggling
Tagged crimes against nature, crimes against wildlife, Idaho Fish and Game Department, poaching, wildlife conservation officers