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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Clustered mostly in the sparsely populated mountain ranges and deserts of the West(with a few patches further east) are the last remaining vestiges of wilderness in the continental USA, usually land that historically was seen as inhospitable to development or protected by law............Examples include the bayous of southern Louisiana, the north of Minnesota, and the Adirondacks of New York........There are currently just 750 such areas in the National Wilderness Preservation System comprising over 109 million acres -- roughly 5% of the United States by area.... ............ "Man has too long forgotten that the earth was given to him for usufruct alone, not for consumption, still less for profligate waste"............"Nature has provided against the absolute destruction of any of her elementary matter".............." But she has left it within the power of man irreparably to derange the combinations of inorganic matter and of organic life".............."We have now felled forest enough everywhere, in many districts far too much"........ "Let us restore this one element of material life to its normal proportions, and devise means for maintaining the permanence of its relations to the fields, the meadows and the pastures, to the rain and the dews of heaven, to the springs and rivulets with which it waters down the earth". ---- -George Perkins Marsh, Man and Nature

link to article----America the wild: Where to find untouched wilderness 

where there are no lights on at night, best places still left for wildlife

1 comment:

david annderson said...

Perhaps the 9,000-some-square-mile Aderondack Park and 1,000-plus-square-mile Catskill Park can be a model for protecting huge areas of wilderness and living in harmony with Nature all around the world, as a significant number of people live in harmony with the wilderness in both areas... already on other continents UNESCO Biosphere Reserves follow the same example, with some forest areas for humans to live in and other roadless completely civilization-free core areas, and a partnership with the local people. Aderondack and Catskill Parks in New York State are two of the world's greatest protected wilderness areas! Also Big Sur is a great example, though Big Sur is helped by its ruggedness!