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  • August 28, 2012

    Special Report: Awaiting the Havoc from Hurricane Isaac

    By Bob Marshall

    Editor's note:
    Go here for a video about the hunting and fishing opportunities at risk in the Mississippi Delta.

    For an interview with Ryan Lambert, who owns a fishing lodge where Hurricane Isaac is projected to make landfall, go here.

    Like all hurricanes these days, Isaac is bad news for Louisiana's coastal fish and wildlife.

    Hurricanes are to the great estuary of the Mississippi River what fire is to western forests: A natural, needed force in a healthy ecosystem, creating openings for renewal of key species and leaving behind a surge of life in the wake of its destructive force.

  • May 18, 2010

    Herring: Hunting and Fishing With 450 Million People

    By Hal Herring

    You could say that I’m reading it so you won’t have to. The book is The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050 by Joel Kotkin, a professor at Chapman University in California, and a scholar of economics, sociology, and the history of cities.  The Next Hundred Million celebrates what to some of us will be a disturbing fact: the US is one of the only industrialized "First World” countries that is experiencing rapid population growth. By 2050, the US will have a population of 400-450 million people.

    According to Joel Kotkin, we are moving into a new golden age, where our economy, based on the needs and the production of so many human beings, and based on the freedoms that our citizens enjoy, will make our country the most competitive and powerful nation on earth.

    There are a lot of questions raised with Kotkin’s  view - water supplies, the loss of agricultural lands, and how the new society- which he sees as living mostly in vast suburbs- will be supplied with energy for its homes and cars. Kotkin does note that greenways “could provide a break from the monotony……and ideal sites for the preservation of wildlife.”

    Nowhere in the book is hunting or fishing ever mentioned.  That is not Kotkin’s subject. His subject is a US thriving with 400 to 450 million people.