Rachel, Rachel Where Art Thou?: The Need for a Noisy Spring


By Bob Ferris   Accord Concentrate/ Rodeo • Accord XRT II • Arsenal AC • Atrazine 4L Drexel • Atrazine 4L Sipcam • Atrazine 4L Mana •Compadre • Forestry Garlon XRT • Garlon 4 Ultra • Grounded • In-Place • Metcel VMF • Polaris AC • Polaris AC Complete • Polaris SP • Point Blank • … Continue reading Rachel, Rachel Where Art Thou?: The Need for a Noisy Spring

Patting Your Back While Picking Your Pocket


By Bob Ferris   The recent article in Mother Jones about the oil industry and the NRA floods me with relief because it is a variation of what I have been saying for the last two years about some of what I have called “wedge” hunting groups.  And that is:  Do not let inflammatory and … Continue reading Patting Your Back While Picking Your Pocket

Deer, Bears and Pigs: the Apples, Oranges and Pumpkins of Ecology


By Bob Ferris   In the mid-1980s I served as an ecological consultant for the University of California, Santa Cruz when they compiled their 20-year development plan.  I was making my living as a wildlife ecologist at that time and was excited by this departure from my normal set of consulting projects such as critter … Continue reading Deer, Bears and Pigs: the Apples, Oranges and Pumpkins of Ecology

Of Hobbits, Elves, Elk, Ecology and Wolves


  By Bob Ferris My wife and I are fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  For us that meant that we recently re-watched the extended versions of the three movies and also spent time watching the special features disc associated with each film.  The former was still great and the latter was revealing … Continue reading Of Hobbits, Elves, Elk, Ecology and Wolves

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

Let’s Talk of Wolves and Cattle but Please Include Elk, Deer, Fish, and Birds Too.


Having worked in orchards and on ranches as a child and young adult, I have a tremendous respect for the folks who actually produce our food.  That respect has led me to work diligently over the years to protect farm land, working landscapes, and family farmers.  But in all of this we have to be … Continue reading Let’s Talk of Wolves and Cattle but Please Include Elk, Deer, Fish, and Birds Too.

Alone in the Rogue


          Have you ever felt like you were being watched? All logical sense reassures you that you’re alone but an eerie feeling persistently creeps in that you’re not. I had that eerie feeling a dozen times this week while I backpacked through the Rogue River area. When you spend three days in solitude, it is … Continue reading Alone in the Rogue