A High Uintas Bookshelf
In this column well list 2-4 interesting articles, books or the like that have caught our attention. They arent necessarily recent or recently read-- sort of a random compilation. Within a year, hopefully, well have an established and detailed reading list. It wont be complete without your additions. Please send suggestions and a descriptive sentence or two.
Eating Bread and Honey., Pattiann Rogers. Milkweed Editions. 1997. This is an exquisite volume of poetry with a profoundly deep connection to Earth. Poems like Place and Proximity, Animals and People, The Singing Place, Opus From Space are singularly important poems. But for anybody still struggling with placing our species or ourselves in the right place in life on Earth, a careful and slow read of Where Do Your People Come From will bring both a smile, an awakening and at the same time deep thinking and even some conflict.
Arrogance of Humanism., David Ehrenfeld. Oxford University Press. 1981. This book needs to be read. It is important. It challenges so many of our foundational assumptions with deep logic and thankfully clear, precise language. Ehrenfeld shows why so many of our conservation challenges are so perversely long lasting and never really addressed simply because we fail a simple test of end-product analysis. Learning to see the end of the equation and not simply tinkering with the middle, believing we can know the end, reveals an arrogance we rarely think about. For a practical application of this very problem, see the article on the East Trout Slope Timber Sale in this issue. The timber sale is a function of past timber harvesting problems which the Forest Service thinks can be corrected with another timber sale... of course, this will simply add on another layer of problems which will then have to be addressed later on. The answer? Rehabilitation by closing roads and allowing the inherent natural forces to begin their work.
Ecosystem Management and the Arrogance of Humanism, Thomas Stanley. Conservation Biology, April 1995. This is a nice review of ecosystem management practiced by the Forest Service, etc. using the wrong assumptions described by Ehrenfeld in his book. This is the ecosystem management most of us see and is really business as usual with a new name, taking us nowhere, not a new vision/paradigm with a new path!
The Northern Goshawk in Utah: Habitat Assessment and Management Recommendations. Russell Graham, et al. General Technical Report-22, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USFS. February 1999. This is the technical report that has guided the Utah National Forest Goshawk Strategy (see article in this issue). It is still to be seen whether the Forest Service will actually adopt the recommendations in this report or continue to try and mitigate timber sales to meet the report s recommendations... which simply can t be done. This report is not a timber prescription.