Jeff Nichols takes a run with his dog in mountain lion country and ends up thinking about cows.
A freewheeling conversation about nature and place, grounded in the Emigration Creek Watershed
Jeff Nichols looks to avoid grading student papers and starts looking for wildlife in Yellowstone instead.
Olaus Murie drove down from Jackson Hole, WY, stepped out of his role as director of the Wilderness Society and spoke at a Wilderness Bill hearing in Salt Lake City, offering an impassioned plea for wilderness, offering a “human angle” instead of an economic one.
The hydraulic civilization of the American West is a lunatic enterprise and probably doomed as currently configured. Lunatic? Well, yes: the goal of modern hyper-capitalist civilization, nowhere more emphatically than in the growth-maniac Southwest, is continual population growth and resource consumption in the face of clearly delimited resources (oil, water, food).
A photo essay by Arlene Landry
Throughout the year EC Squared will offer a series of reflections about the place of wilderness today and consider its implications for generations yet to come.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
There’s going to be a big Clean Air demonstration at the Utah State Capitol on Saturday, 25 January. Lots of my colleagues and students are planning to attend – they’re chattering on social media, writing table flyers, preparing signs.
Our goal is to add a bit of sense to the web, to take that curiosity and let it simmer in a crockpot for a little while until we can see our own place in it. Fortunately, we have had some wonderful models that we encourage you to take a look at. Here’s an annotated bibliography of some of my favorites.
Our student editor, Jeff Letey, welcomes you to (ec)2.
Doug Wright, who taught at Westminster College for years, liked to pose mischievous questions. One of his favorites involved standing on a bridge over a stream: which way do you find yourself looking, upstream or downstream, and why?
It is impossible for me to fly over the American west without thinking of Bernard DeVoto. In 1953, contemplating a trans-continental flight, he wrote, “an equally subtle melancholy lies along the margins of the heart, for all journeys are alone and, one remembers, all journeys are toward the West. Outside the window is the vast loneliness of sky and earth.”