A cow of a time

 

There'll be some verbal sparring, rangeland management tips, literary musing and maybe a little bird-watching at this year's annual RangeNet conference, "Bovines or Biodiversity: The National Campaign to End Abusive Public Lands Ranching." The three-day-long program in Boise, Idaho, includes talks by Jon Marvel of the Western Watersheds Project * which is sponsoring the conference - and HCN's Ed Marston, as well as reports from public-land agencies and watchdog groups like Forest Guardians.

The conference also features the first annual Edward Abbey Memorial Hooved Locust Award, presented to someone who, according to Jon Marvel, "has brought the truth about public-lands ranching to the attention of all Americans." The activities will wrap up with the Greenfire Revival, a weekend retreat of hiking, birding, live music and conservation discussions in the Greenfire Preserve on the East Fork of the Salmon River. The conference runs Oct. 9-11, and the retreat is from Oct. 11-13. For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.westernwatersheds.org.