The Wild Goose Chase and the Land of Lost Opportunities


By Bob Ferris   “Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and esthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” Aldo Leopold in The Land Ethic, A … Continue reading The Wild Goose Chase and the Land of Lost Opportunities

Of Farmers, Hunters, Oil Money and the Double Secret Déjà Vu Shuffle


"The trophy-recreationist has peculiarities which contribute in subtle ways to his own undoing. To enjoy he must possess, invade, appropriate. Hence the wilderness which he cannot personally see has no value to him. Hence the universal assumption that an unused hinterland is rendering no service to society. To those devoid of imagination, a blank place … Continue reading Of Farmers, Hunters, Oil Money and the Double Secret Déjà Vu Shuffle

US Fish and Wildlife Service: The Leadership and Vision Vacuum


By Bob Ferris   "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." Aldo Leopold A Sand County Almanac, 1948   I have been spending a lot of time lately reading scientific justifications and policy statements emanating out of … Continue reading US Fish and Wildlife Service: The Leadership and Vision Vacuum

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

Happy Birthday Aldo!


By Bob Ferris   Today is Aldo Leopold’s birthday.  Whether you know it or not a lot the reason we at Cascadia Wildlands do what we do is because this intelligent, insightful and principled man questioned existing paradigms and took the time to look behind the curtain of ecological systems.     One of the … Continue reading Happy Birthday Aldo!

Besmirching the Wolf and Roosevelt’s Ghost


By Bob Ferris    “We’re continuing to see an alarming trend in Western wildlife management. I am calling it the “Predator Death Spiral.” The underlying cause of this phenomina [sic] is when a wildlife agency attempts to hide or “pad” their big game population estimates when over predation begins to take hold. This in turn … Continue reading Besmirching the Wolf and Roosevelt’s Ghost

Muries Rebuke Elk Foundation over Anti-Wolf Remarks


The Muries—much like the Leopolds—are part of the conservation community’s royalty.  They shined individually and were an awesome force collectively—and they still are.  They have also been on my mind a lot of late. Poisoning and trapping of so-called predators and killing rodents, and the related insecticide and herbicide programs, are evidences of human immaturity. … Continue reading Muries Rebuke Elk Foundation over Anti-Wolf Remarks