Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Montana key to winning bison war

A thirty five hundred mile figure eight just proved to this blogger that the Coteau des Prairies, the Black Hills, the Front Range, and the myriad watersheds that give life to the Missouri River Basin, are at grave risk to the Anthropocene.

The root of the decimation may be best described by this paragraph from Jim Robbins in the New York Times:
Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who fought for the transfer of bison to Indian reservation land, believes the battle comes down to a competition for grass. “These cattlemen make a great part of their living off subsidized grazing,” he said. While the federal government charges $1.38 to graze a cow and calf for a month, private landowners charge $22. “Buffalo are a large animal that could become active competition” for cheap grazing on federal land, Mr. Schweitzer said.
Even Illinois seems to understand.

On the central and southern portions, wildlife corridors tying the Buffalo Gap, Oglala, Pawnee, and Comanche National Grasslands with the Thunder Basin by leasing private and tribal lands might be the easiest to pull off.

The solution to connecting it to the northern expanse and the upper Missouri Basin has yet to appear in this tortured mind.

Rocky Mountain juniper, yucca and ponderosa pine share the habitat in which bison thrive.

The relatively small distance between the Canadian River and the Rio Grande reminded me again how the earliest humans, thwarted by glaciers, the dire wolf, and Smilodon on everything north of the Sangre de Cristos terminating at Santa Fe, blazed the Pecos Trail from west to east into The Great Plains to find an inland paradise teeming with prey. Human successes likely contributed to the extinction of those two species and most camelids some 11,000 years ago.

President Obama: it's time to rewild the West: tear out the main stem dams, extend the CM Russell Wildlife Refuge to Oacoma, South Dakota along the Missouri River and to Yellowstone then to the Yukon.

It’s time for cougars to enjoy Endangered Species protection and for you, Mr. President, to dissolve the Black Hills National Forest; and, in cooperation with BIA Forestry and Wildfire Management, rename it Okawita Paha National Monument then make it part of the Greater Missouri Basin National Wildlife Refuge.

Urge Governor Steve Bullock to veto a bill supported by the earth hating Heartland Institute in the Montana legislature seeking to create the illusion that Big Hydro is sustainable: be very afraid.

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