One of the reasons I wrote Junction, Utah, was the danger posed to wilderness areas and rural community life by rampantly fast oil and gas development. The rush to find domestic oil without considering impacts to water and wildlife can destroy the fabric of small-town life and the balance of people with the natural landscape. Fracking is part of the threat to sustainability, but it’s not the only one.

My excellent colleague and friend Kathryn Wilder passed me this good news today: that the people of the Roaring Fork Valley in Colorado have been able to slow the process of resource exploration long enough to evaluate impacts. Until we’re off our carbon diet, taking time to assess may be the best alternative.

This community is a real-life Junction, Utah!


The beauty of our arid lands–fragile, inspiring, rich in resources.


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