Monday, May 7, 2012

Humans killing high plains: images of Butte County

Once, it was a spur of the migration route that intersected the bison hunting ranges of the Pawnee or Comanche near Raton Pass in southern Colorado with the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers in the northern ancestral grounds of the Mandan, Arikara, and Hidatsa.

After the Lakota acquired the descendants of Spanish equus, herstory evolved very quickly in relative time.

Now, Hoover Road is just another trail of tears decimated by CAFOs, ruin, and carelessness adjacent to a US85 buckling under the weight of oil field traffic.

Earth is female: rape is forever.

From Steve Newborn at WUSF and NPR:
Wildlife corridors, which connect wildlife habitats, have been proposed for states as different as California and New Jersey. There's even a transnational one planned to stretch from Yukon to Yellowstone. But do they really help to heal fragmented landscapes? "All the study that's been done so far has been typically at very small scales, and only looking at very short-term animal movement," says Paul Beier, a conservation biologist at Northern Arizona University. "What's yet to be known is whether the longer corridors — on the scale of miles — will, over the long term, promote gene flow and allow things like animals to recolonize areas," he says.
Even after recent rains the continental volume of dead grasses between Hoover and Santa Fe is explosively dry: goddess have mercy on us for we know not what we do.

Rewild the West.


Anonymous said...

Nice pictures. When looking at the one of the old house it occurred to me at one time people willing had sex it in that dwelling.

D.E. Bishop said...

Good photos Larry. I so love that landscape. I get really lonely for it here in St. Paul, MN.

I heard someone describe the land between Mitchell and Rapid City on I 90 as "desolate." She could only recognize big, splashy beauty. She could not see subtle browns, tans, grays, greens, rolling hills, folds, ravines, etc. Basically, she was blind.

grudznick said...

BAH. There was no sex in that building. As it should be.

larry kurtz said...

Bat sex, rat sex, every kind of bug sex....

larry kurtz said...

Elevated levels of E. coli in Belle Fourche watershed: BH Pioneer.

larry kurtz said...

Livestock producers convince Montana judge to impede further bison transfers: Bozeman Chronicle.