Island Press Field Notes blog

Island Press Field Notes


By Admin / On February 16th, 2011

How can the design of cities address the challenge of climate change? Patrick Condon, author of Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities, presents simple...

Photo credit: Fountain by user Nicola

By R. Edward Grumbine / On February 14th, 2011

The central government’s seven-year moratorium on dam building in the Nujiang (“Angry River”) watershed is soon to be lifted and China’s last wild river will be wild no more. Last week, the Chinese National Energy Administration announced that hydropower...

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

By Admin / On February 14th, 2011

Parks, like Yellowstone National Park, and wildlife reserves, are the traditional models for conserving large tracts of land. But as the effects of climate change and development encroaches, it’s now clear that even large, protected tracts aren’t...

Photo credit: Flock/bandada by user Rafael Edwards

By Dominick A. DellaSala / On February 2nd, 2011

The next time you turn on the tap, chances are the water came from a local National Forest. National Forests provide drinking water for about 60 million Americans nationwide and about 15 percent of the nation’s freshwater runoff. This clean water is...

Photo Credit: Shrimp farming in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Mike Lusmore/Duckrabbit, 2012 via user WorldFish

By Cristina Eisenberg / On January 31st, 2011

I spent a dozen purple dusks and gilded dawns last December hunkered down in the hoarfrost in coulees, hiding in the rabbitbrush and sage during a late-season Colorado elk hunt. In an area with too many elk and not enough wolves, hunting cow elk provides...

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

By Dominick A. DellaSala / On January 19th, 2011

Like a scene out of a Mel Brooks movie, plantation forests have risen from the graves of old-growth forests. If you don’t believe me, visit an old-growth forest and then contrast that with a tree plantation to see, feel, and smell the difference.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

By Cristina Eisenberg / On January 17th, 2011

As a conservation biologist, I study the ecological effects of wolves on food webs, focusing on their primary prey (elk) and the foods their prey eat (aspens). My work takes place in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, which has many bears in it....

default blog post image

By Dominick A. DellaSala / On January 14th, 2011

Have you gotten that uncontrollable urge to send junk mail back to where it came from? We all have some inkling of protest as we sift through the endless stream of junk mail that arrives in our mailbox every day. Marketing distributors of junk mail have...

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

By Dominick A. DellaSala / On January 10th, 2011

Recognizing that forests can contribute to sustainable development, poverty eradication and internationally agreed upon development goals, the United Nations declared this year—"...

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

By Cristina Eisenberg / On December 21st, 2010

It’s not exactly safe to be a wolf in Colorado. If you cross paths with the wrong human, you could end up dead. Indeed, for one year those of us working on the High Lonesome Ranch, a privately-owned, mixed-use property managed for conservation, referred...