Western Watersheds Project Announces Two Major Fall Events

Online Messenger #41

All readers are cordially invited to attend two events sponsored by WWP this October:

RangeNet 2002: Bovines or Biodiversity The National
Campaign to End Abusive Public Lands Ranching

On October 9-11, 2002 will take place at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. More complete information including the full agenda and lodging availability can be found on WWP's RangeNet web site: http://www.rangenet.org/rn2002/. There is no charge for attending the RangeNet 2002 conference.

The Conference is dedicated as a tribute to the late Dr.Joy Belsky who died in December 2001.

The keynote speaker on Thursday evening October 10, 2002 will be Dr. Thomas Michael Power, Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Montana whose topic will be: Post Cowboy Economics in the New West.

Some of the other session topics include:

* "Conservation in Action: The Life and Work of Joy Belsky" by Dr. Elizabeth Painter of WWP's Advisory Board.

* "Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West" presented by book co-editors George Wuerthner and Mollie Matteson.

* "The Future Of Public Lands Ranching" A Debate and Discussion: featuring Ed Marston of High Country News and Jon Marvel, executive director of WWP.

* "Dollars and Sense: The National Public Lands Grazing Campaign" by Andy Kerr, director, Mark Salvo, counselor and Gilly Lyons, eastern representative of the National Public Lands Grazing Campaign.

* The First Annual Edward Abbey Memorial Hooved Locust Award

* "Bovines vs. Biodiversity: A Scientific Almanac" by Dr. John Carter and Dr. Elizabeth Painter.

A drawing will be held on October 10, 2002 for five autographed hardbound copies of "Welfare Ranching". Eligibility for the drawing will be limited to those who pre-register for RangeNet 2002 by September 30, 2002.

Second Annual Greenfire Revival

The Second Annual Greenfire Revival will immediately follow RangeNet 2002 on October 11-13 at WWP's Greenfire Preserve located on the East Fork of the Salmon River in Custer County, Idaho.

The Greenfire Revival is dedicated to the recovery of the 432 acres of the Greenfire Preserve and the more than 50,000 acres of public land grazing permits associated with the property, all of which WWP is seeking to permanently close to livestock use.

Events at the revival include hikes, allotment and lease tours, a riparian recovery seminar, birding, legal discussions with WWP staff and attorneys, good food, live music, and a surprise event on Saturday October 12.

A voluntary per person contribution of $20. is suggested for the Revival.

The Friday October 11, 2002 dinner at the Greenfire house will be a potluck.