[MCN] Grizzly West--Weds. 6/15, 7pm
derekmgold at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 13 11:28:29 EDT 2016
If you’re in town on Wednesday night, please join
author Michael Dax at 7:00pm
at Fact and Fiction Books, when he reads from Grizzly West, his new
book about the rise and fall of a plan to reintroduce grizzly bears to the
Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Click for event deets.
and the timber industry do not often collaborate, but in the years
immediately following gray wolf reintroduction in the interior American
West, a plan to reintroduce grizzly bears to the Selway-Bitterroot
Wilderness of Idaho and Montana brought these odd bedfellows together.
The partnership won praise from diverse interests across the country and
in 2000 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved a plan for
reintroduction. When the Bush Administration took office, however, it
promptly shelved the project.
In Grizzly West Michael J. Dax
explores the political, cultural, and social forces at work in the West
and around the country that gave rise to this innovative plan but also
contributed to its downfall. Observers
at the time blamed the project’s collapse on simple partisan politics,
but Dax reveals how the American West’s changing culture and economy
over the second half of the twentieth century dramatically affected this
bold vision. He examines the growth of the New West’s political
potency, while at the same time revealing the ways in which the Old West
still holds a significant grip over the region’s politics.Grizzly West
explores the great divide between the Old and the New West, one that has
lasting consequences for the modern West and for our country's
relationship with its wildlife.
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