Now, normally that isn't the kind of news that raises our eyebrows much (fists yes, eyebrows no) because isn't that what conservation groups do? But here's the thing: Listen to what Jon Marvel has to say about it:
"To bring litigation over a very large area of the West, as we've done, is an expression of the failure of our government, and we as people, to adjust ourselves to the capacity of the land to support life," Jon Marvel with the Western Watersheds Project said. "That's what it's about. It needs to be big, because it's about life."Wow. We're inspired.
And he's right. In order to save anything more than postage stamps of habitat and token numbers of imperiled species, we need to reframe the public perception of what the west can be. It can be more than a playground for people- it can be an ecologically-functional playground, replete with wildlife and plants, rich in water and topsoil, dense with old trees and bunchgrasses.... We need to convert the land management agencies to a conservation ethic a la Leopold....perhaps we're still dreaming.