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.
Cougar. The American Lion. Kevin Hansen. Northland
While this book lacks the personal grittiness of Harley Shaws Soul Among
Lions, it stands as both a fine scientific and technical review of cougar natural
history as well as the aesthetic and intrinsic values of the wild North American
lion. One read of this book-- it is worth many reads--and it becomes clear
that Utah cougar are managed by amateurs in the Division of Wildlife Resources.
The fear that so many have of cougar is misplaced and represents a broader
fear of wildness.
Flammulated, Boreal and Great Gary Owls in the United
States: A Technical Conservation Assessment. US Forest Service General
Technical Report RM-253, Rocky Mountain Forest and Ranger Experiment Station,
Ft. Collins, CO.
The title says it all, but it is by no means a dry report. It represents a
fine compilation of research and literature reviews of three of North Americas
most unique species of owls, all found in the Uintas, but for many years believed
not to be present! Each owl requires a different set of landtypes, largely
untouched wild stands of forest.
"None So Blind: The Problem of Ecological Denial." David
Orr, Conservation Biology, Oct. 1995.
The article starts with this profound sentence and goes on, "Willful blindness
has reached epidemic proportions in our time." This article will start
you on a reflective and introspective review.
"Slow Knowledge." David Orr, Conservation
Biology, June 1996.
Comparing fast knowledge, technical fixes, and often a lack of context, to
the assumptions of slow knowledge, wisdom and context, Orr again challenges
the foundations of so many ecological problems we face today. This is a detailed
and fine essay.
"Terminals of Seduction." Gary Nabhan.
Wild Earth, Fall 1998.
It is great to have cool ecosystem/ landscape models, geographic information
systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) and a host of technological
gimmicks to talk about landscapes. But if they are connected to managers, environmentalists,
the academy and not the real, on-the-ground places, they arent much more
than magic tricks and seduce us, ironically, into fast and false knowledge.