Earl McKinney, a retired BLM range conservationist, was an early participant in the Trout Creek Mountain Working Group. He is based in Carson City, Nev.
"Riparian areas are super
simple to recover. All you have to do is let them regrow a little
bit. And within a very short number of years, everybody is
impressed and thinks you are a genius. It's simple. There may be
some hard work in some cases. But the concept is
"Homo sapiens have only two modes. One is
the dumb mode - resisting change - which they operate in most of
the time. And the smart mode kicks in when the manure hits the
"One common denominator to all of this is
having folks with the drive to make things come together - the Doc
and Connie Hatfields of the world. They are in short supply. It
takes somebody to grab a problem by the throat, and it's never
going to be a bureaucrat. They are not able to do it from the
inside. It takes an outside "something" to cause these agencies to
realize it's risky not to participate."