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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
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Resource Identifier,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
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Description PUBLIC EDUCATION THE ONLY ANSWER 37 The Utah State Fish and Game Department, naturally dedicated as it is to the task of supplying abundant hunting and fishing, may boastfully point with pride to a record 20-year deer increase from 10,000 head in 1920 to 200,000 head in 1940, but on whose land and at what cost to already depleted ranges? And one might well ask by what scientific authority can the director of our State Fish and Game Department declare that the deer population in Utah is "close to the optimum number"?13 Does it seem possible that the mere purchase for reasons of appeasement of private lands seriously damaged by deer will solve the rehabilitation problems of these depleted areas? Does it not seem a bit incongruous that land once purchased by the Game Department passes to the control of the State Land Board? Does it seem logical that the water resources of the state should be administered by two rather independent state agencies? Does it seem desirable that the impounding of streams or the drainage of swamps should be done under a carefully prepared program of wild life management? The answers to these questions of resource waste can come only from an enlightened and aroused voting public. The hour is late for us to demand a consolidation and coordination of all state departments concerned with land resource management into a single, non-political Department of Conservation. Such legislation is necessary not only to unify the state's efforts in conservation, but to coordinate the programs of the several federal agencies as well. In compliance with the wishes of the Reynolds Lecture Committee it has been my honored assignment to present here a brief analysis of plant resource conditions and values in Utah. Time has permitted only cursory reference to some important problems and no detailed consideration of any of them. To a public accustomed to the self-glorification expressed by the repeated boast that "we have made the desert blossom as the rose," the title of this paper, "Is Utah Sahara Bound?" may have seemed a shocking anachorism. The data presented must speak for themselves. The major purposes of this discussion were to arouse a public consciousness to the fact that serious range and watershed problems do exist, that they are definitely our concern, and that we can do something about them. Although much research is needed, as the governor pointed out in his recent message, the Federal and State agencies charged with the conservation of our natural resources already possess sufficient scientific data to charter a course of action capable of sparing our cities from disastrous floods and stopping "deserts on the march." But in a democracy such as ours these desperately needed remedial measures must await the popular will. Our government agencies know how to revegetate ranges, but reseeding operations require special money appropriations. Our range experts know what livestock and big game population adjustments are necessary in order to assure the rehabilitation of the plant cover, but they are powerless in the face of special interest opposition. Our game department realizes that too many deer graze the Salt Lake City
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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 319726
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