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A High Uintas Bookshelf

In this column we’ll list 2-4 interesting articles, books or the like that have caught our attention. They aren’t necessarily recent or recently read-- sort of a random compilation. Within a year, hopefully, we’ll have an established and detailed reading list. It won’t be complete without your additions. Please send suggestions and a descriptive sentence or two.

This month's reviews are by HUPC Coordinator Dick Carter.
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High Country News. 8 June 2009. Voyage of the Dammed. Kevin Taylor.
A nice, concise story about the importance of beaver to healthy, wild ecosystems. Fish, vegetation, wildlife, maybe even our climate depend upon beaver.

New Yorker. 25 May 2009. The Sixth Extinction. Elizabeth Kolbert.
One of the very best essays focusing on the ongoing extinction event--”There have ben five great die-offs in history. This time, the cataclysm is us.” The article focuses on the horrific die-off of frogs and the recent discovery of a fungal infection in numerous bat population in the eastern United States. In between is a notable discussion of extinction events.

Saving Creation. Nature and Faith in the Life of Holmes Rolston III. Christopher J. Preston. Trinity Univ. Press. 2009.
Few philosophers have explored environmental ethics as deeply as Rolston. His willingness to cross intellectual, spiritual and philosophical boundaries is remarkable in itself. Rolston won the Templeton Prize in 2003. The book by University of Montana philosopher is anything but a self aggrandizing review of Rolston’s life. It describes a remarkable journey and does so with verve and interest. Some of you old timers will remember Rolston being our keynote speaker at the Utah Wildlife Manifesto late in the ‘90s!

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