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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, […]

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Trumping the Wild?

One night last November, Nancy and I tuned into CNN to celebrate the election of the first woman as President of the United States—and for the Democrats to retake the US Senate.  But as the evening wore on, I suddenly felt a cosmic shudder, which made me spill much of my second martini.  It was […]

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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 […]

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Closing Keynote Talk at the 50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act Conference

Editor’s note: Given without notes or outline, this Campfire is Dave’s closing plenary talk (October 19, 2014) from the conference to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in Albuquerque. Thanks to Vicky Hoover for helping clean up the transcript. The copy here is nearly verbatim. _____________________________________________________________ Well, thank you for being here on a […]

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The Anthropocene and Ozymandias

Much has been made lately of the so-called Anthropocene—the idea that Homo sapiens has so taken over and modified Earth that we need a new name for our geological age instead of the outmoded Holocene. One remorseless Anthropoceniac writes, “Nature is gone… You are living on a used planet. If this bothers you, get over […]

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