“Living within our means” is a phrase and idea that no one has been able to escape during the last few years, as the economy tanked and the national debt climbed. The phrase has become the political battle cry du jour, one few would disagree with.

Unfortunately, the same sense of prudence hasn’t been as popular among politicians when it comes to the environment. Many instead favor over-spending public lands and waters, a risky policy that has much of the nation’s remaining premiere fish and wildlife habitat on the edge of debasement.

Two perfect examples were highlighted this spring in the Western press. “Sucking the River Dry” in the Denver Post chronicles more troubles for the long-abused Colorado River. “We don’t have fish and wildlife by accident” in the Casper Star-Tribune tells how fish, wildlife, sportsmen and the state’s economy are jeopardized by efforts to repeal roadless and wilderness rules.

Both are worth reading for sportsmen who care about what we will be leaving to the next generation.