Items by George Sibley

How Colorado is trying to get beyond zero-sum water wars
How Colorado is trying to get beyond zero-sum water wars
The new water plan represents an evolving moral algebra that transcends more primitive water law.
A Wilderness Act skeptic comes out of the closet
On the ground with economies built on snow
On the ground with economies built on snow
In the sixth year of what is settling out to be a chronic near-recession -- call it an “economic winter.”
Remembering Ed Quillen, that prodigious writer of the West
Remembering Ed Quillen, that prodigious writer of the West
Quillen skewered conservatives and liberals alike, and his sharp observations were always relevant and on-target.
Still Cranish After All These Years
Still Cranish After All These Years
A specimen of Homo sapiens sapiens considers evolution and becoming a crane.
How wild is a managed wolf?
How wild is a managed wolf?
In an age when wolves are radio-collared and tracked everywhere they go, can they still be considered wild animals?
Government capitalism can be a very good thing
Government capitalism can be a very good thing
The federal government should emulate FDR’s Rural Electrification Project: Put up the money to improve energy efficiency in the West, and let the locals do the work.
The caveguy within holds us back
George Sibley believes our Neandertal brains hold us back from accepting the fact that we cause global warming.
Down on the ground looking for culture
The writer gets down on the ground as he looks for community culture
A long walk into hope
Bill McKibben’s new book, Wandering Home, is a hopeful account of a leisurely hike across northeastern America, as relevant to the West as it is to the East
Bring on those 'redneck hippies'
The writer says small towns are ripe for the kind of economic development that flows from the "creative class"
Maybe a good work ethic requires real jobs
The writer sees a specter haunting the West, the specter of no local working class at all.
One national park could tell the truth about the West
The West’s endless tug-of-war between scenery and resources is brought into dramatic focus at Colorado’s Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
One national park could tell the truth about the West
The writer sees an object lesson in a national park that has a "dual, if not dueling" mission
How I lost my town
The author remembers his early days in a small Colorado mountain town, and ponders the economic and social changes that have slowly turned "Mendicant Mountain" into a bustling, expensive ski resort.
A tale of two rivers: The desert empire and the mountain
A careful study of the history of the Colorado River Basin and Glen Canyon Dam reveals that the hated dam may have had some good consequences, saving the Upper Basin states from overdevelopment and industrialization.
Glen Canyon team dismantled
River ecologist Dave Wegner, who oversaw the research that led to the "manmade" flood in Grand Canyon, quits after the Interior Department shuts down his Glen Canyon Environmental Studies offices.
Deciding what kind of river we want
Canyon hydrologist Jack Schmidt says that the decision of how to manage the Colorado River requires a decision on what kind of river people want it to be.
Glen Canyon: Using a dam to heal a river
The first-ever manmade flood of the Colorado River through Arizona's Glen Canyon Dam is intended to help repair the river in Grand Canyon - and perhaps to signal the end of the "technocratic utopia" dream.
An America that did not happen
The closure of Camp Grisdale, a planned community for a permanent workforce of loggers on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, marks the end of a sustained-yield program that was supposed to last at least a century.
Cutting the forests down to Jeffersonian size
The small-mill local-market industry has proliferated during this century, in the wake of the tree-mining industry that logged-out the old-growth and moved on.
Sawing through to another world
The author recounts how a sawmill at Crystal Creek, Colo., was a juncture of two worlds.
Seeing the forest for the trees
As forest plans are applied to the National Forests over the next fifty years, how are the forests going to look?
The search for a true multiple use approach continues to challenge the Forest Service
Are Forest Service inventories today any more accurate, even-handed and comprehensive than they were a decade ago?
The national forests are cooking
Louisiana-Pacific will soon have two aspen flakeboard plants on line in western Colorado, raising questions about "multiple use" forest management.
The Rockies have a role in a boomless future
I don't think there is a "foreseeable future" for the Rockies. I'm not sure there is even a viable, likely future everyone would work toward or against. A lot of Rocky Mountain futurism resembles that branch of Christianity better at imagining hell than heaven.
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