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Exclosures – August 2012

August 19, 2012


Kirsten and I went up to the Fish Lake National Forest and camped on Thousand Lake Mountain in southern Utah for a couple of nights this last Thursday through Saturday August 16-18.  This area is just north of Torrey and we like to get up there in the summer just to get out and to […]

Where deepest dreams await.

December 29, 2011


In Desert Solitaire Abbey offers us a benediction: May your rivers flow . . . where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you -- beyond that next turning of the canyon walls. In this video excerpt from Adventure Journal, surfer/adventurer Kepa Acero lives Abbey's blessing like a master. Infectious, intoxicating . . . >>more

About getting outside.

October 21, 2011


Attendance at national parks and monuments is reported to be trailing off in the recent decades. Not getting out enough, according to my sense of how we are individually put together and nourished, may not be very good for the national psyche. Here's an attractive argument for getting out in the mountains in the fall from The Adventure Journal. In another more zany take, Chas S. Clifton is disappointed in his blog that the Audubon Society has come up with a way to promote indoor "birding" with virtual birds. I'm with Chas.

Rural jobs and public lands

October 21, 2011


I want to keep track of this report and blogging on it is a handy way. Here in Utah our own congressman Rob Bishop and senator, Orrin Hatch are busy in a misguided way trying to create jobs via short term direct extraction at the expense long term expense of recreation. Recreation sounds trivial compared to drilling, mining, logging or grazing. It's not. According to the Wilderness Society outdoor recreation, natural resource conservation, and historic preservation activities contribute a minimum of $1.06 trillion annually to the economy, support 9.4 million jobs and generate over $100 billion in federal, state and local taxes. Economics aren't the only argument for sustaining an attactive natural environment, but it is an argument that tends to get traction. . . . more>>