- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (May 23, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597261742
- ISBN-13: 978-1597261746
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,892,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Revolution on the Range: The Rise of a New Ranch in the American West 1st Edition
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In a time when environmental reporting has become justifiably gloomy, this book is a refreshing breath of pragmatic optimism. Environmentalist White highlights quirky, visionary individuals and their innovative methods to improve the quality of the ranges and mountains of the West, such as biologist Bill Zeedyk, who restores riparian areas and water tables using sticks and rocks to simply and cheaply mimic a creek's natural meandering, and activist Dan Dagget, who has been able to unite environmentalists and ranchers by focusing on common goals (open space, wildlife, restored streams). White promotes implementation of the New Ranch, operating on the principle that the natural processes that sustain wildlife habitat, biological diversity and functioning watersheds are the same processes that make land productive for livestock... where erosion has diminished, where streams and springs, once dry, now flow, where wildlife is more abundant, and where landowners are more profitable as a result. White's vision of stewardship, openness to new ideas, giving as well as taking, and flexibility will inspire anyone who loves humanity or the great outdoors. (June)
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The success stories that White chooses are instructive and well worth reading by anyone interested in what we are to make of the unique ecology of the West, and the degree to which this land is compatible with settlement by Western, industrial culture.
But the successes tht White documents are a key limitation of the book. What about the failures that result from employing the "radical center" methodology? What are its limitations? How is it misused? This is why, I think, groups such as the Big Hole Watershed Committee are not mentioned. Their failure to achieve demonstrable results are something of an embarassment to the movement. But until such failures are acknowledged and studied, we need to be extremely cautious in buying wholesale into the "radical center" buzzword/methodology.