Earth Island Institute logo, tap or click to visit the Institute home page

Go Back: Home > Earth Island Journal > Issues > Autumn 2016 > Feedback

Feedback

Letters and Emails

The Population Roadblock

Wild Again” by Paula MacKay and John Davis (Summer 2016) emphasizes how important rewilding efforts and wildlife corridors are to the future of many of our fellow earthlings. I wholeheartedly agree. However, as with most rewilding articles and editorials, it only hints at the basic problem of human overpopulation. What will rewilding require in the North Cascades when Seattle’s population doubles? Unless we humans reduce our numbers, all the plans for new parks and wilderness areas won’t accomplish diddlysquat.

Ricardo Small
Albany, OR

A True Treasure

I enjoyed Jackie Dishner’s piece about local efforts to transform Chiricahua National Monument into a national park (“The Making of a National Park,” Summer 2016). Chiricahua is a true treasure. I’m crossing my fingers that it will become a park so that it receives better resources and more funding.

Doris Turner
Bisbee, AZ

Overcrowded Parks
Letters to the Editor

Earth Island Journal
2150 Allston Way #460
Berkeley, CA 94704
editor@earthisland.org

John de Graaf’s article “Finding Time for Our Parks” (Summer 2016) was excellent. Unfortunately, it was lacking in one major respect: It didn’t discuss overcrowding! I have worked at Zion National Park as a ranger and a volunteer for 25 years. During that time, I have seen visitation go up, and opportunities for solitude decline, even in Zion’s so-called wilderness. Any full discussion of our national parks must address the issue of overcrowding.

Marcel Rodriguez
Springdale, UT

Appreciating the Sacred

Being a student of religions, and having lived briefly on two Native American reservations in Montana, I very much enjoyed Dorothy FireCloud’s article (“Sacred Lands,” Summer 2016) about developments at Devils Tower National Monument. I share her hope that an appreciation of sacredness will be cultivated by all Americans, in our laws and practices, including by those who are proudly separated from all religious tradition. I also hope that suitable occasions will arise for legal action to be taken by affected Native American groups, with a good chance for victory, in consequence of which a stronger precedent will be set both for the concept of “sacred” as a category deserving special protection, and for the protection more specifically of “sacred land.”

Mark Caponigro
New York, NY

No Need for More

Michael Kellett’s article on the need for more national parks (“Room for More,” Summer 2016) misses the mark. It amazes me how people who claim to care about the environment seem to believe that their way is the only way to structure the world, and that people living on top of one another in tiny little boxes won’t have any negative consequences. We don’t need more national parks. Alaska is so bound up in NPS red tape that we can’t even use our state lands to build an economy. National parks are wonderful, but locking up 80 percent of our lands so that only the wealthy and well connected can use them is a horrible idea.

Lela Markham
Fairbanks, AK

cartoon panel depicting a group approaching a table covered in soil and vegetables and chickens, caption reads Farm to Table Movement www.bizarro.com

Write Us:

We would love to get more feedback from our readers about our stories and about how we can serve you better. Write to us at
editor@earthisland.org

   

Email this article to a friend.

Write to the editor about this article.

Subscribe Today
cover thumbnail EIJ cover thumbnail EIJ cover thumbnail EIJ cover thumbnail EIJFour issues of the award-winning
Earth Island Journal for only $10

 

Comments

No comments yet…

Leave a comment

Comments Policy

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

Subscribe
Today

Four issues for just
$15 a year.

cover thumbnail EIJ

Join Now!

 

0.1132