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A freewheeling conversation about nature and place, grounded in the Emigration Creek Watershed

Remaking Gordon Creek

Remaking Gordon Creek

How far should we go to reshape nature? Gordon Creek, in Morgan County, Utah, is a perennial stream that supports two populations of Bonneville Cutthroat Trout, one an endemic species to the creek, and the other from a fish population…

A Conversation Starter

Student editor Daniel Goodman introduces ideas about how discussions of place, environmentalism, and nature can help shape social constructs and calls for others to join the conversation by sharing their own experiences.
Cat

Cat

Jeff Nichols takes a run with his dog in mountain lion country and ends up thinking about cows.
Red Dog

Red Dog

Jeff Nichols looks to avoid grading student papers and starts looking for wildlife in Yellowstone instead.
“We don’t want to have conformity” – Olaus Murie

“We don’t want to have conformity” – Olaus Murie

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.
Overpopulation, Carrying Capacity, and the Future of the Arid West

Overpopulation, Carrying Capacity, and the Future of the Arid West

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).
Wilderness with a capital W

Wilderness with a capital W

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.
Creeks Matter

Creeks Matter

"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
Clearing the Air

Clearing the Air

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.
Inspiration

Inspiration

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.
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