for a New West
Healing Landscapes, Histories, and Cultures
by Patricia Nelson Limerick, Andrew Cowell,
and Sharon K. Collinge
University of Arizona Press, 2009
by a Center of the American West lecture series on the theme of
restoration, this collection of essays by scholars, and
scientists explores how injuries to the West's cultures and
ecosystems can be remedied and repaired. Addressing such diverse issues
as water use and urban sprawl and air quality to wolf reintroductions
and grassland restorations and preserving Native American languages,
this volume offers 11 prescriptions for "taking the cure."
||The editors explain that
the healing metaphor "calls for us to search below the surface level to
look at a second layer of deeper, underlying causes of specific social
or environmental issues.... And there we find that problem after
problem is really a problem, of relationship between groups --
relationships fraught with long histories of conflict and
misunderstanding... We must acknowledge that injured relationships have
produced many of the West's problems."
Sustainable Stewardship in Colorado
The difference between natural rates of extinction and culturally influenced rates is the difference between a legal drive from Boulder to Denver and Mach 4. Is that a matter for concern? Certainly it is a matter for discussion. Concern, however, is a moral construct, not a scientific fact; concern, like hope, is a choice.
||Carrying the metaphor a
step further, the ailments addressed in this volume include the
uncontrolled growth of suburbs, the loss of indigenous cultures,
illegal immigration, endangered species, wildlife habitat degradation,
and environmental contamination from mines and power plants and weapons
testing. In each paper, the authors strive to identify remedies that
can restore the American West to health and harmony.