Category Archives: land ethic

The idiots who don’t believe global warming, or climate change, or any other slice of science

My friend conservation columnist Ted Williams offers this insightful look at the deniers. Whatta crew.

Destoying precious land for natural gas

Wild Nature, buckaroos, is not making any “new” land. So, once humans and their machines have taken over a scrap of formerly wild nature, that scrap is gone. Sure, restoration is possible, but not if the land becomes a parking lot and part of an industrial “park” or business “park.” Read more.

Environmental groups’ study says subsidies, high crop prices lead to habitat loss

And there is only, what, one percent of the original tallgrass prairie left today? What a damn shame. Read more here.

Insurance firm is set up for land trusts

When I first glanced at this article, my thought was, gee that’s nice. But it really is a big deal as evidenced  by the caption under the accompanying photo.

To help forests and birds, stop helping deer

Yes! The writer of this op-ed deserves a medal for making the point that so many alleged conservationists (aka “sportsmen”) seem to ignore as they roam around in their pickup trucks with the windows rolled down looking for white-tails (in the East) and mule deer (in the West). Too many deer is THE issue facing forest after forest in Pennsylvania, where I lived for two decades and know only too well what browsing deer can do to other life forms. Why Bambi must go!

Making fracking safer?

This editorial is on the mark when it comes to things like water pollution. But it misses entirely a huge issue circulating around the industrialization of the American landscape, especially in Pennsylvania: The fragmentation and outright destruction of wildlife habitat. It is little wonder why forest-interior songbird species like the Wood Thrush are in population trouble when their habitat is continually beaten up by developers, road builders and natural gas drillers.

Tracing the money, and the masterminds, of illegal logging

That’s the headline over this piece from today’s NY Times. Illegal downing of trees is a rarity in the U.S., but not in some overseas locations where the demise of trees, indeed whole forests, where it has major effects.