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Around the Campfire #74

What Condition My Condition Is In Well, I guess it’s time to explain my withdrawal of late and why The Rewilding Institute seems to have been moved to the back burner.  In a nutshell, I’ve had two kinds of breakdowns this year—technological and spine.  Coming together, they’ve been a perfect storm. (As you’ll see soon, […]

Comparing Applies and…Parsnips?

Around the Campfire #73,  July 24, 2017 State Trust Lands are often misunderstood in terms of both their character and their management.  THEY ARE NOT PUBLIC LANDS, but are instead the subject of a public trust created to support the education of New Mexico’s children.  (Emphasis in original.) –New Mexico State Land Office Website, Aubrey […]

A Brief History of the National Wilderness Preservation System

There are any number of books, booklets, and articles about Wilderness Areas in the United States, but little has been written about the history of how designated Wilderness Areas have grown in number of areas and in total acreage from 1924 to today. To wit, many conservationists know that New Mexico’s Gila was the first […]

Faraway and Nearby

A tired old broadside against Wilderness Areas goes something like this: “By working to shield and set aside far-off lands as Wilderness Areas, conservationists shun the land where people live and work.” I heard this back in the 1970s from urban environmentalists. Wilderness deconstructionists picked it up twenty years later. Whether they knew it was […]