The drunk who said it was right. Denial is not a river in Egypt. But it may be a river in New Mexico. Or Arizona. Or Nevada or Utah. Maybe Montana. The river is 20 feet wider than it was, say, in 1840. The only cottonwood on its banks is just about that old, magnificent but half-dead. Trout don't swim in the water. Cowbirds, not flycatchers, nest on the banks. Belsky and a number of her colleagues, including Robert Ohmart of Arizona State University, now predict that if livestock grazing in the West isn't severely cut back, restoration will …
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Susan Zakin is author of Coyotes and Town Dogs and a regular contributor to Field and Stream.