Will Roush http://kajx.org en Of Fire Tents and Hut Trips http://kajx.org/post/fire-tents-and-hut-trips <p>It could be an overly nuanced distinction to folks who don’t live in the mountains and spend much time in the woods, but I’ll make the case anyway: winter camping and hut trips are two very different experiences. One requires a tolerance for cold and a degree of suffering most people would prefer to pass up; the other involves cozy accommodations, light packs and comfy mattresses. Both usually include spectacular winter scenery and close friends.</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:42:23 +0000 Will Roush 12882 at http://kajx.org Of Fire Tents and Hut Trips "What does the fox hear? Noise impacts and the importance of natural silence." http://kajx.org/post/what-does-fox-hear-noise-impacts-and-importance-natural-silence <p>A key rationale for conservation is protecting wildlife from the impacts of people. Some of those impacts are obvious, like cutting down trees or building a parking lot over a wetland. Some though are harder to understand or see, literally. A <a href="http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2013/11/06/first-kind-study-documents-effects-road-noises-migratory-birds/">recent study from Boise State University</a> caught my attention. In it researchers created a phantom ‘road’ along a mountainside in Idaho by attaching speakers to trees and playing the sounds of a hi-way into an otherwise pristine forest.&nbsp;<br /> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:39:21 +0000 Will Roush 11193 at http://kajx.org "What does the fox hear? Noise impacts and the importance of natural silence." BLM’s leasing deficiency NEPA and the Thompson Divide http://kajx.org/post/blm-s-leasing-deficiency-nepa-and-thompson-divide <p>You might remember back in February when <a href="http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20130228/NEWS/130229853">citizens packed the town hall in Carbondale</a> to ask the BLM to let the gas leases in the Thompson Divide<sup>*</sup> naturally expire at the end of their ten-year terms. Unfortunately, the <a href="http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20130410/NEWS/130409822">BLM suspended the leases</a>, allowing the gas companies more time to attempt drilling in the Thompson Divide. On the positive side though the BLM also acknowledged that most of those leases were issued illegally and without proper environmental review or roadless-area protections and so they committed to doing an environmental review of the illegal leases. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:45:12 +0000 Will Roush 9858 at http://kajx.org BLM’s leasing deficiency NEPA and the Thompson Divide