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Title Is Utah Sahara Bound?
Subject Agriculture--Utah; Land use--Utah
Description The 11th Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture.
Creator Cottam, Walter Pace, 1894-
Publisher Extension Division, University of Utah
Date 1947-02-19
Date Digital 2008-05-29
Type Text
Format image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications Original scanned on Epson Expression 10000XL flatbed scanner and saved as 400 ppi uncompressed tiff. Display images generated in PhotoshopCS and uploaded into CONTENTdm Aquisition Station.
Resource Identifier http://content.lib.utah.edu/u?/reynolds,458
Source LD5526 .U8 n.s. v.37 no.11
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "Is Utah Sahara Bound?," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2009-03-13
ID 319731
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6w66hr0

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Description 32 IS UTAH SAHARA BOUND? it is to rule by fiat, left no other course open. Stockmen had to be educated in the scientific principles of range management, and a tremendous amount of research data on plants and soil were required in order to chart a proper course of land rehabilitation. Fifty years have passed and the overall gains in watershed conservation are not substantial. Soil losses still continue, the little re-vegetation of denuded areas leaves much to be desired and the need for further livestock reduction on most ranges is still with us. And worst, the original idea of water conservation as a basis for forest management seems to have been lost in the popular demand for big game and livestock production. Public Education the Only Answer Utah will attain a stabilized prosperity only when and if the public consciously adopts, maintains and enforces a program of resource use based upon the democratic ideals expressed by James Wilson, Secretary of Agriculture under President Taft, "... the greatest good to the greatest numberâ€"and for the longest time." In a democracy such as ours there is but one sure avenue to such a goal and that lies in conservation education. The responsibility for this needed public enlightenment devolves upon every federal and state agency charged with the various phases of resource management, upon the public press and especially upon the schools whose business it is to foster a rational, democratic, social philosophy. Like democracy itself, conservation involves a new point of viewâ€"a new gospel whose basic objective should permeate every course in every grade from the kindergarten through college. For a student to leave the high schools and especially the universities unfamiliar with the importance of national resources in Utah history, uninformed of the dependence of our economic, social and religious institutions on resource use, and unsensitized to the evidence of resource waste is a commentary on some very basic failures of the educational program. The historian, the economist, the sociologist, or the philosopher can no more escape the responsibilities of these failures than can the chemist, the physicist, the geologist or the biologist. Public consciousness in conservation matters will never be attained without a well informed teaching personnel in the public schools, and the need, therefore, for specialized college courses in all phases of conservation should be apparent to university administrators. A teacher whose conservation appeals are guided by "feelings" rather than facts more often hinders than helps the cause. The slogan "Don't kill the does," as many sportsmen know, has a powerful chivalrous appeal when the facts of overgrazing are unknown to the public. A program on conservation education involves all of the natural resources that support usâ€"physical as well as biological. The continued exploitation of our mines of coal, of metals and of mineral salts without severance taxation to provide for the day when we shall have little of these riches left is as unjustifiable and unmoral as an agricultural exploitation which robs future generations of the
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Source Original Manuscript: Is Utah Sahara Bound? by Walter P. Cottam.
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Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2008-07-29
ID 319721
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6w66hr0/319721