Items by C.l. Rawlins

My kingdom is a horse
The writer considers how hard it is to love the earth or anything else in the abstract, as opposed to the particular and familiar, and reminisces about getting to know a horse when he was a child.
Wallowing the flies away
The writer and his brother try to cope with a plague of flies in the Wyoming outdoors.
Lessons of Lewis and Clark
Daniel Botkin's book, "Our Natural History: the Lessons of Lewis and Clark," describes the Western wilderness the explorers saw in 1804-1806 and compares it to the West of today.
Naked and marvelous
Kenneth Perry's topographic map of "The Colorado Plateau and its Drainage" is like seeing the West from heaven.
I like to hunt, but I don't like to kill
A writer muses on the contradictions inherent in his love for the hunt but dislike of killing animals.
Leopold floats us to an understanding
Chip Rawlins reviews A View of the River by Luna Leopold.
Forest Service: Villain and scapegoat
Essay: The Forest Service is divided into old guard and new.
Good fences make good calluses
To an economist, this is a subversive piece because it talks about the meaning of work, rather than about the price of labor and material.
Utahns try to bury Canyonlands dump
The Department of Energy has run into stiff opposition to its plans for siting the nation's first high-level nuclear waste dump at the Davis and Lavender Canyon sites a mile from Canyonlands National Park.
Good dog, bad dog
If dogs were totally incompatible with wilderness living, our ancestors wouldn't have bothered having them around back in the days before concrete and the Gross National Product.
Fierce beauty devoid of economic advantage
One of the curious paradoxes of the American experience is that many of those who live in closest proximity to wilderness exhibit the greatest contempt for it.
Utah's wilderness bill heads for the House
Three years in the making, Utah's proposed Wilderness Act of 1984 begins its final battle, in the House of Representatives.
Round 1080 in an old, old feud
President Reagan's lifting of the 1972 executive order banning 1080 and other poisons on public land raises old questions about predator control.
Smokey the Bear deposed
The legacy of this century's policies of total suppression of wildfire presents today's better-informed forest managers with serious problems.
Everybody has to be someplace
Is a sense of place -- a link between bios and region -- vital? One of America's greatest afflictions is a feeling of homelessness, estrangement, anomie.
Coyote: Predator and Prometheus
Coyotes continue to survive and adapt, despite decades of efforts to exterminate them.