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.
Conservation Biology. October 2001: Conservation Focus:
Science and the U.S. Endangered Species Act. This is a special insert
in Conservation Biology harboring seven peer reviewed articles covering a
wide array of issues, problems and concerns with the Endangered Species Act.
In the excellent series of papers ranging from practical management concerns
to broad essays, two recurring themes arise: the Endangered Species Act is
one of the truly visionary laws and yet it is in need of deep enhancement!
Ecological Application. August 2001. "Assessing the
Extent to Which Roadless Areas Complement the Conservation of Biological Diversity." Robert
DeVelice and Jon R. Martin.
The fact that the two authors are Forest Service employees makes this article
even more compelling. Their conclusion is simple-- roadless areas on Forest
Service lands should be preserved because they contribute significantly to
the needed networks of protected areas. They note that even with preservation
of roadless areas many ecoregions in the U.S. will still be incomplete and
underrepresented! Let us hope the Wasatch-Cache National Forest proposed forest
plan is listening.
Summer Meditations. Vaclav Havel. Alfred A. Knopf. New York.
The book is a must. Read Sand County Almanac and Summer Mediations; it is easy
to see the complexity of biosystems and political systems and how they are
so tightly woven, like it or not. Two of the great challenges we face are protecting
biodiversity and seeking genuine politics. They cannot be unraveled.
Conservation Biology. August 2001. "Rewriting the Ten
Commandments of American Politics." David Orr. And "A Postscript
to Orr's Commandments." David Ehrenfeld.
Following the lead of Vaclav Havel Rewriting the Ten Commandments of American
Politics and Ehrenfeld's postscript shows us the connection between a civil
life and the urgency of protecting ecological integrity. Orr looks at the civil
life as politics and Ehrenfeld adds the necessary reminder of just how overpowering
American corporations have become in preventing a meaningful body of civil
Conservation Biology in Practice. Fall 2001. Rethinking Insects. "What
Would an Ecosystem Approach Look Like." Timothy Schowalter.
This is a concise article documenting decades of research which shows bugs
are crucial to an integral and healthy forest. The hysteria and hyperbole,
still too often pushed by Forest Service managers and ecologically illiterate
politicians, is gently shoved aside. Insects simply don't tear a forest down;
they build it. And our efforts to shove bugs aside and then mimic their
actions are disingenuous and arrogant.