Conservation Run Amok

There is something terribly wrong when our conservationists get to the point of killing off one species of animal to save another. If left alone, of course, the species would work out their own balance, but recent conservationists with their aggressive and destructive policies seem to have forgotten this. What I am referring to specifically is the plan to shoot all Barred Owls in an area near Muir Wood, north of San Francisco, so that Spotted Owls may thrive. Read about it on the National Public Radio website. The audio was aired on KQED on June 12, 2011: “Killing One Owl Species to Save Another”  by Lauren Sommer [http://www.npr.org/2011/06/12/137090033/killing-one-owl-species-to-save-another?]
Memories of the Vietnam War US Army general who famously declared that it was necessary to, “destroy the village in order to save it”…

It is known that natural systems are changing forever due to climate change, urbanization and other factors. Ecosystems are emerging that never existed before which include both “natives” and “non-natives. It is impractical to try to restore ecosystems to some ‘rightful’ historical state by eradicating the newcomers or drastically reducing their abundance. Mark Davis and 18 other prominent ecologists are joining together to fight “native plant” programs which are proving to be ecologically unsound and lacking in data to support their beliefs. To read more about the current academic thinking on this issue, please read this recent “manifesto” which appeared in Nature Magazine: “Don’t judge species on their origins” Nature, June 9, 2011. The Institute for Contemporary Evolution has posted the full article on their site:  http://www.icevolution.org/_dbase_upl/NatureInvasives2011.pdf

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. milliontrees
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 16:50:24

    Exterminating animals is just one of many destructive actions that are being used by native plant advocates and their allies in their crusade against non-native plants and animals. In this case, the barred owl is expanding its range within the U.S. It isn’t an introduced, non-native, alien animal. To shoot it in places where it has recently arrived is an example of the micro-managing of nature that is advocated by those who subscribe to “invasion biology.”

    Invasion biology is an ideology, not a science. It is based on man’s arrogant assumption that he has sufficient knowledge and adequate tools to manage nature. These projects repeatedly demonstrate that nature is smarter than man. Therefore man frequently does more harm than good when trying to reverse natural processes that he doesn’t understand and are too powerful to reverse.

    Please visit the Million Trees blog for information about the many destructive projects in the San Francisco Bay Area that are inappropriately being called “restorations.” http://milliontrees.wordpress.com

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