Category Archives: Environmental

Filling a gap

We live in a gorgeous spot on a beautiful planet that teeters at a tipping point. Human-caused problems threaten land and sea environments everywhere. Problems like global warming, ocean acidification, and public lands mismanagement. Many of the problems persist because … Continue reading

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Bad Romance?

Originally posted on Committed to the Quest:
Cliven Bundy rides his horse waving the American flag. He’s a Fox News hero who refused to pay fees and fines for illegally grazing his cows on federal lands for 20 years and…

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Two Good Men

Two men stand silhouetted against an  sublime sunset, scholars perhaps, contemplating their place in the cosmos.  Such is the cover image,suggested by author Scott Abbott, by 19th -century German Romantic landscape painter, Caspar David Friedrich.  Friedrich’s paintings characteristically set a … Continue reading

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House of Western Lit and Literature and the Environment

The news that J.K. Rowling’s latest fiction title had sold only 500 copies in the months it was out before the word leaked that she was the author using a pseudonym left us feeling a strange mix of hope and … Continue reading

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THP is a One Year Old!

Torrey House Press was one year old last month.  We got our first book out, Crooked Creek by Maximilian Werner, and it is a hit with the literary critic types.  It has been less so with the paying public and … Continue reading

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The Earth has a Soul

Last week while I was reading  Meredith Sabini’s The Earth has a Soul, C.G. Jung on Nature, Technology & Modern Life, Apple Inc. became the world’s most valuable company, surpassing Exxon in total market capitalization.  A friend pointed this fact … Continue reading

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Enter the Anthropocene

The cover of The Economist this week announces the beginning of a new geologic era, the Anthropocene, “the recent age of man.”  Geologists carve time periods into epochs, eras and aeons, each with unique and defining characteristics.  Our most recent … Continue reading

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Strawberry River Restoration Project

Yesterday I joined Mary O’Brien, Utah Forests Project Manager for the Grand Canyon Trust on a volunteer orientation trip to the Strawberry River Restoration Project to check out some nearby beaver habitat.  We took a look at the swollen Strawberry … Continue reading

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Wilderness and the American Mind

Another book I borrowed from my son’s college reading list is Roderick Frazier Nash’s Wilderness and the American Mind.  It ends much the same as Oelschlaeger’s The Idea of Wilderness that I spoke of in my previous blog.  Nash concludes … Continue reading

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Publishing for a Cause

My kids keep on teaching me.  I just returned home on Sunday from my son Nick’s graduation from Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona.  Nick has earned a degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Ecological Design.  My son and … Continue reading

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Yosemite Valley is still there to enjoy because these guys really liked to get outside.  And being outside so much shaped their lives into greatness.  Last night Kirsten and I watched the PBS American Masters documentary on John Muir.  We … Continue reading

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How Separate are Man and Nature?

The other night my wife Kirsten and I invited my folks over for dinner to celebrate my father’s 79th birthday. My Dad was raised in rural Nephi, Utah, then went on to the University of Utah, got married and went … Continue reading

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Singing Stone

Singing Stone by Thomas Lowe Fleischner Reviewed by Mark Bailey Thomas Lowe Fleischner is a conservation biologist and former park ranger, a professor of environmental studies at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona, and a naturalist in the Escalante region for … Continue reading

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The River Why

The River Why by David James Duncan Reviewed by Mark Bailey At the end of The River Why, Gus, David James Duncan’s narrator explains that he wrote the book just so we could fully appreciate the last scene. Creating that … Continue reading

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The Monkey Wrench Gang

When I am asked what we like to publish at THP I often respond I am looking for the next Edward Abbey. I was in college in the 1970’s at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City when I … Continue reading

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>Adaptation Versus Way of Life?

>Over at NewWest.net, the savvy next generation media company “dedicated to the culture, economy, politics, environment and lifestyle of the Rocky Mountain West,” there’s a good article today on smarter water use for farmers (here).    Brendon Bosworth writes about … Continue reading

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Water Worries

>The Economist recently ran a piece on the Colorado River and the drying of the West.  We Westerners are generally aware of the rising bathtub ring on the reservoirs on the Colorado River as the result of a lengthy drought … Continue reading

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>Free a Rancher

>A lot could be done economically and environmentally on the Colorado Plateau with a couple changes in the law.  It’s a main theme of Torrey House Press, something we hope our writers pick up and characterize.  Both water and grazing … Continue reading

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