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.
This month's reviews by Dick Carter
Conservation in Practice. Summer 2003. "More than Meets the Eye. Behavior and Conservation." Douglas Fox. It is simply not enough to study habitat and land use practices to understand wildlife. While this seems obvious enough to most of us, Forest Service land management often relies only on these aspects rather than the more complex and often far more meaningful behavioral subtleties of wildlife. Part of this is due to seeking the least resistant and most simplistic datahabitat and management practicesrather than focusing on what makes lynx, lynx or cougar, cougar. And part of this is due to a deeply ingrained culture still found far too often in land and wildlife management agencies that suggests wildlife is but an object on the ground with no real subjective or willful manner. The point is protecting and understanding the cultural basis of wild critters is as important as protecting genetic diversity. Controversial to some, unfortunately, but long overdue.
Scientific American. October 2003. "Meltdown in the North." Matthew Sturm, D. Perovich and M. Serreze.
Science News. 4 October 2003. "On Thinning Ice. Are the worlds glaciers in mortal danger?" Both of these articles deal with the overwhelming evidence that global climatic cycles have been severely disrupted by humans. Nonetheless, numerous questions remain unanswered about other inherent climatic changes and about how these high latitude/altitude disruptions will play out on global weather patterns. There is no doubt the evidence suggests serious global weather-related consequences await us and it is likely far too late to change that future!
Island Press. Annual 2004 Environmental Sourcebook. This is a fine catalogue of conservation related books. From ecosystem studies to policy, planning, and law, Island Press publishes the broadest and some of the best books on conservation and management. Write to P.O. Box 7, Covelo, CA 95428 or check out the website, www.islandpress.org