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Char Miller
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Director and W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College, and author of "Public Lands, Public Debates: A Century of Controversy" (Oregon State University Press) and editor of "Cities and Nature in the American West" (University of Nevada Press). His new books for 2013 include "On the Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest" (Trinity University Press), "Death Valley National Park: A History" (University of Nevada Press), and "Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot" (University of Pittsburgh Press).
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    nathan - this is a great piece, utterly reminiscent of the on-going trek in Texas to wherever bluebonnets are growing (including freeway medians - ah, Lady Bird!) for the requisite family photo enflowered....
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    An earlier version of this column incorrectly referred to the Red Rock National Conservation Area in Nevada as the focus of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance's campaign to secure National Monument status; it is actively pursuing that designation for Greater...
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    Thanks so much for your good comments - I had intended to make the connection to the Arcadia Tree Disaster but ran out of time; it is that plumbing mentality that is so difficult to shift at times. It looks...
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    And now, under the category of Find a Need and Fill It, comes this story from the LA Times; or why fish love Christmas trees: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-christmas-trees-20130104,0,5184304.story...
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    And wouldn't you know it, Gifford Pinchot said the same thing (oh, how I wish I had seen this NY Times article of his before writing the column!). "There is no more reason for an outcry against using land to...
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    Thanks to Alex Andrus, Communications Director of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, who just sent me a NY Times article from December 12, 1909 in which Gifford Pinchot talks about the Christmas tree industry - or what he projected would...
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    Thanks, Gary. The quick response is that few people keep their plastic trees for more than six years, the trees cannot be recycled, and they purchase another adding to the production and non-recyclable cycle of this unsustainable product....
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    With the news today that Barry Commoner has just died - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/02/us/barry-commoner-dies-at-95.html?nl=afternoonupdate&emc=edit_au_20121001 - and that, amazingly, Silent Spring is 50 years old, we are acknowledging just how important the mid-20th-centiry was in establishing the current environmental agenda....
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    Stephen - thanks for your response and I am looking forward to reading the book!...
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    A good friend wrote this important correction to my claim above that the Antiquities Act and the Lacey Act were one and the same. They're not. "The Lacey Act was a criminal law enacted in 1900 as a response to...
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