Feeling Nostalgic For a Better Future


By Bob Ferris OK, I am feeling nostalgic today.  In part it is because of the treasures (or detritus) I find on my desk.  To wit:    1—An old Herder’s folding knife I bought more than 50 years ago from the Eddie Bauer catalog when they were actually outfitters.   2—A copy of Animal Heroes … Continue reading Feeling Nostalgic For a Better Future

HB77 testimony: Revised water rights bill roundly panned, except by mining interests


By Pat Forgey Alaska Dispatch March 13, 2014   HB 77, a bill that would streamline water use permitting, pits mining interests against tribal groups, fisherman and environmentalists.   JUNEAU — Modest changes to Gov. Parnell's controversial pro-development House Bill 77 haven't won it any new friends, but outraged those who were told they'd have … Continue reading HB77 testimony: Revised water rights bill roundly panned, except by mining interests

Updating Roosevelt: Teddy and the Wolves


By Bob Ferris   I have frequently observed that some of the folks who wrap themselves most tightly in the American flag are those who take some of the most un-American actions.  I think the same is true about those who worship Teddy Roosevelt without really understanding historical context, what he actually stood for, and … Continue reading Updating Roosevelt: Teddy and the Wolves

Delusions of grandeur on the Tongass


By Gabe Scott, Alaska Field Director CORDOVA, AK—Big plans are in the works on Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest. It seems everyone has some grand scheme in mind for the largest remaining old-growth forest in the country. The Forest Service is planning huge new timber sales, which they say will bridge the gap … Continue reading Delusions of grandeur on the Tongass

Opinion: Unlabeled GE salmon


  by Gabe Scott, Cascadia Wildlands – for the Cordova Times April 23, 2013   Well here is something useful. Alaskans are united in defending our wild salmon heritage against Frankenfish. From Don Young to Mark Begich, Cascadia Wildlands and Greenpeace, we are leading the fight on one of the most consequential environmental issues of … Continue reading Opinion: Unlabeled GE salmon

Don Peay: the Man Who Would Be King… Baron


by Bob Ferris   Rudyard Kipling wrote a tale once about two pals in the British army serving in India who figured they could travel north to Kafiristan in present-day Afghanistan and essentially create their own mini-kingdom.  The tale was fanciful and was eventually turned into a popular 1975 movie starring Sean Connery and Michael … Continue reading Don Peay: the Man Who Would Be King… Baron

Quick Action Needed on the Alexander Archipelago Wolves—February 28th by 5:00 PM


By Bob Ferris “We always kick the dog when the old woman farts”   There is an old quote from the movie “10” with the late Dudley Moore that I often paraphrase as the above.  The quote actually goes like this: Whenever Mrs. Kissel breaks wind, we beat the dog.  The essence of this is not … Continue reading Quick Action Needed on the Alexander Archipelago Wolves—February 28th by 5:00 PM

Crony Capitalism on the Tongass


by Gabe Scott Where is the Tea Party when we need them? I’ve been spending a lot of time lately with two thick Environmental Impact Statements — for the Tonka Timber Sale, and the Big Thorne Timber Sale — out of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. These fellas are a blast from the past, a nostalgic … Continue reading Crony Capitalism on the Tongass

“You Keep Those Damn [Franken]Fish Out Of My Waters”


By Gabriel Scott I've read some poorly crafted Environmental Assessments in my time, and seen more than a few ill-considered decisions, but this one might just take the cake. Over the holidays the veterinarians at the Food and Drug Administration decided to approve an application to grow and sell genetically engineered salmon, a King/ Atlantic … Continue reading “You Keep Those Damn [Franken]Fish Out Of My Waters”

Are Cows and Sheep the Sea Urchins of the Cascadian Forests?


By Bob Ferris I have always liked sea otters—in part—because they are the quintessential keystone species or critters that materially determine some of the character of their habitat for them and others.  And now as new research emerges about the trophic cascade effects (i.e., the side benefits of having top predators present) associated with the … Continue reading Are Cows and Sheep the Sea Urchins of the Cascadian Forests?