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Know the West

You can eat the scenery

  Conservation and economic development each require the other in the northern Rocky Mountains, says The New Challenge: People, Commerce and the Environment in the Yellowstone to Yukon Region, a Wilderness Society report written by two staff members of the Sonoran Institute. Communities in the corridor between Yellowstone and the Yukon have shared a decline in extractive industries and a growth in diverse service industries, such as real estate and engineering. In this shift, caring for the environment may be the only way to sustain the area's quality of life while minimizing growth problems such as habitat destruction, according to the 85-page illustrated report. The authors ground the study in input from 170 conservation groups and individuals in the U.S. and Canada, but the practicalities of how new industry can meet the challenges of conservation remain beyond their scope.

You can order the $5 report from The Wilderness Society, 900 17th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006-2596 (202/833-2300).

*Taffeta Elliott