Give and Take

Inside this issue of High Country News, you’ll find a flier for our newest book, called Give and Take: How the Clinton Administration’s Public Lands Offensive Transformed the American West. It pulls together our best coverage of the national monument spree engineered by Clinton and his Interior secretary, Bruce Babbitt, along with the reaction of everyone from disgruntled rural residents to ecstatic environmentalists. It also details the actions of the Bush administration, which came to power promising to put the monuments in the hands of local people.

The book exists in large part because of the efforts of Brian Erwin of Santa Rosa, Calif., who has been working with HCN as marketing director. Brian has spent more than 20 years in the book-publishing industry, and did a five-year stint in the late 1980s as the leader of the national Sierra Club’s media relations team.

Brian and his wife, Christine Hunsicker, have a publishing house of their own, Crestport Press, which just issued Mother, Heal My Self: An Intergenerational Healing Journey Between Two Worlds by JoEllen Koerner. The book tells the story of a South Dakota nurse, who has spent a lifetime reconciling the healing methods of western medicine and the Sioux Indians. The book can be ordered on the Web at www.crestport.com, or from your local bookstore.

Corrections and Comments

Reader Andrew Melnykovych wrote to correct our cover story about Mormon environmentalists (HCN, 12/22/03: Environmentalism in the land of the saints), in which we’d said that MX missiles were designed to intercept enemy warheads. In fact, writes Melnykovych, the MX was an offensive weapon, not a defensive one, "capable of dropping as many as 10 warheads on targets halfway around the world."

During the early Reagan years, there were plans for more than 100 MX missiles, he says. "As things turned out … only 50 MX (by then given the Strangelovean name of ‘Peacekeeper’) were deployed from 1986 to 1988 — all of them in silos at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in southeast Wyoming. They are now scheduled for deactivation, having had a useful life, if you can call it that, of less than half a dozen years, at a total cost of about $20 billion."

Reader Dan Sarich noted that I referred to Glen Canyon Dam as "one of Utah’s greatest icons" in my editorial in the same issue. "By the way," he wrote, "Glen Canyon Dam is in Arizona, not in Utah." OK, OK, but most of Lake Powell, the reservoir behind the dam, is in Utah; can’t the dam still be an icon for the Beehive State?

Philip Cafaro, an assistant professor of philosophy at Colorado State University, sent us an article he wrote for the winter 2003 issue of Environmental Ethics, called "A Latter-Day Saint Environmental Ethic." Cafaro and his co-author, Matthew Gowans of Utah Valley State College, came to conclusions that were similar to HCN’s: "While Latter-day Saint practice has left much to be desired (in terms of the environment), the Latter-day Saint religion calls believers to something better."

Finally, this comment from reader Margot Williams: "Re Green Mormons — I can’t help but remember those immortal words of Kermit the Frog — ‘It’s not easy being green!’ "

For more letters on the subject, see pages 21 and 23.

Also, credit for the fishing boat drawings in our last issue should have gone to Oregon Sea Grant. Artist and commercial fisher Herb Goblirsch did the drawings for a series of seven brochures that describe gear used in Oregon fisheries. To order free copies, contact Oregon Sea Grant at 541-737-2716, sea.grant.communications@oregonstate.edu or http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/sgpubs/index.html.