Saturday, February 28, 2015

Biocentrism and Homeland Security

Within the short term future over one third of the earths megafauna will be extinct.
The only remaining large mammals will be the ones chosen by humans.  As we shape and change the world around us, as biodiversity diminishes, we must realize the high probability that vertebrate evolution is at an end. 
The attitude of looking at nature as a resource and a commodity is madness.
I choose to find the links. I am looking for corridors and pathways. Where does the deer go? Where do the elk run to? Where does the wolf go when pressure moves her?
The sound of wind moving through a large forest. Seeing the pines move and the firs buzz with the wind moving through their needles.
While it may be true that our country produces too much pollution, it is my generation and my people whom will make the change to deliver a better future. We are the leaders and the thinkers whom walk behind the polluters and the takers. We strive to improve and to be more efficient in our choices and in our planning. We want a future with lots of trees and animals and fish and streams that are clean. We want the real homeland we were shown by our parents and their parents. A homeland secure from corporations polluting our land and water. We will know security when we are no longer fighting back the water-grabbing dam builders who "protect" us from threats of flood.
To coincide with the idea of needing protection is not American. We protect our own and we are smart enough to not choose to live in the shadow of a dam. If we choose to live below a dam, then we do it knowingly. We do not need more concrete.
My generation is responsible for talking in solution and not in complaint.
We must propose answers where others stand and list reasons why not. 
By creating the answers, we find other solutions. When deer and elk were being hit constantly by cars on HWY 70 near Vail, CO the first answer was to build a fence. The animals kept jumping. Now, we have tunneled under the interstate and created a safe passage for animals under a very busy interstate system that would otherwise be nearly impossible to safely cross. Elk and other animals use the underpass to move through an area that they have moved through for thousands of years.
Looking at the Earth through the lens of our remaining riches, I see great need for us to protect our remaining stands of old growth timber.  Our pollution will be diminished as we gather to look and see the beauty of the wild and help it to return.
As a society, the spread and sprawl of suburban living has destroyed and replaced so much habitat and trailway for the wild that we have to become the walkers of the land to re-discover where these trails were.
Trails are amazing things with detail and notes and character and history all over them.  The Alaskan bear trails are quite deep in places and the elk trails of Utah and Colorado are really like a walk through a garden.  When we think as the bear and the elk, we can see that these large animals have need for passageways, for corridors of biodiversity and habitat. My preference is for something much larger than a corridor when it comes to preserving megafauna. A wolf needs a lot of space and a mountain lion does roam a few miles.
The more we see the system and move away from the fear, the closer our planning comes to seeing the needs of the ecosystem.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Saturday, May 10, 2014

James Creek Mitigation

...floating by me today:
Stream Mitigation on Upper James Creek near Jamestown Colorado

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Colorado River

...floating by me today: 
High Flow Event at launch:
Greatest ranger ever! Peggy! She was a real stickler about the details, and yet was pretty cool as we ran successfully through the checklist. She helped us to focus on the importance of watching out for each other.
35,000 cfs and the ramp at Lee's Ferry

x.17.2013 Badger to North Canyon M.20
x.18.2013 North Canyon to Buck Farm Canyon M.41
x.19.2013 Buck Farm to Kwagunt Creek M.56
x.20.2013 Kwagunt Creek to Rattlesnake M.75
x.21.2013 Rattlesnake Camp to Cremation M.87 - hookup with Cynthia and Pete
x.22.2013 Cremation to Granite camp M.93
      Phantom Ranch, Pipe Springs, Horn Creek Rapid, Dark Canyon
x.23   Granite camp Layover day 
x.24   Sunday - Granite to Bass Camp M.108 Big Whitewater day!   

There were greater forces brewing

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

...floating by me today:
the small woody debris study we did on the upper North Fork Yuba River proved some interesting things about migration of debris. We learned about the way pools are formed and how debris serves the fluvial corridor.
Geotagging with micro chips now enables a new layer of immersion into the field data.
Keeping in mind that wood and woody debris most certainly has different coefficient of hydraulic drag than do styrenes and other plastics. Marine debris most certainly differs from plastics in the alpine environment.
Mechanism of movements are so different between alpine and pelagic environments, so naturally the waterways and rain or snow events would differ from a tidal environment and only in those places make confluence with the other.