MONGOL STOPOVER Seventeen
Mongolians, including environmentalists, politicians, journalists
and representatives of the mining industry, showed up on
HCN’s doorstep in late September as part
of a tour around Colorado. The tour, organized by the San
Francisco-based Asia Foundation, was intended to "establish a
foundation for trust and relationship-building between
participants" in order to yield "viable approaches and
collaborative solutions for Mongolia."
grilled HCN Web editor Paolo
Bacigalupi and associate editor Jonathan
Thompson about freedom of the press, mining in Colorado,
and how to give fair coverage to polarized issues. Many were also
interested in land-use issues; privatization of property in
Mongolia only arrived during the last five years, and now the
country is trying to deal with a land rush. That’s on top of
a huge gold rush that’s creating a great deal of tension
between the industry and environmentalists.
VISITORS Local conservation legend
Chuck Worley dropped in with his son,
Tim, who wanted to let us know that California
is making headway toward the "life after the lawn" envisioned in
our Aug. 21 cover story. Tim is assistant manager of external
affairs for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California,
which provides water to 18 million people in and around Los
Angeles. Tim says the Met has been promoting "California Friendly"
drought-tolerant landscaping, working with developers to create
demonstration landscapes, and even offering small grants to help
retrofit the grounds of public buildings. The district also puts
out a booklet called Care and Maintenance of Southern
California Native Plant Gardens, in both Spanish and
English. For more information, contact Lynn
Lipinski at 213-217-6603.
TUCSON’S NON-LAWNS? Reader Priscilla
Robinson dropped us a note to say that we should have
featured the "elegant" yards of Tucson in that story, rather than
"all those clunky lawn and shrub neighborhoods in Phoenix." "As for
Las Vegas, they have come very late to the (water) conservation
party," she adds, "but we always welcome sinners to the faith as
long as they are sincere."
CONGRATS TO TERRY
AND TOM On Sept. 15, The Wilderness Society presented
its highest citizen honor, the Robert Marshall award, to noted
author, wilderness advocate and HCN contributor
Terry Tempest Williams. The group also gave a
lifetime achievement award to Tom Bell, founder
of both HCN and the Wyoming Outdoor Council.
Tom, 82, has been "fighting the good fight for about 35 years,"
said Bob Ekey, the group’s Northern
Rockies regional director, "and I imagine he’ll be doing it
for the next 35 — at least."
CORRECTION Our Oct. 2 Research Fund page
incorrectly put Benefactor Mary Carol Staiger in
Idaho, rather than Alta, Wyo., where she actually lives. Not only
that, but we also listed her husband, Dick, as
co-donor; in fact, only Mary supports HCN.