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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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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Fromer President Teddy Roosevelt in 1907 coined the blueprint on how Republicans (and Democrats) should be working together to protect our open spaces, encouraging biodiversity and keeping our water and air clean

DEC. 3 1907

To the Senate and House of Representatives:

.The conservation of our natural resources and their
 proper use constitute 
the fundamental problem
 which underlies almost every other problem of our 
national life. . ..As a nation 
we not only enjoy a 
wonderful measure of present prosperity but if this
 prosperity is used aright it is 
an earnest of future 
success such as no other nation will have. The reward
 of foresight for this nation
 is great and easily 
foretold. But there must be the look ahead, there must
 be a realization of the fact
 that to waste, to 
destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the
 land instead of using it so 
as to increase its
 usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our
 children the very prosperity
which we ought 
by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.

For the last few years, through several agencies, the
 government has been
endeavoring to get our people
 to look ahead and to substitute a planned and orderly
development of our
 resources in place of a
haphazard striving for immediate profit. Our great river
systems should be
developed as national water
 highways, the Mississippi, with its tributaries, standing
 first in importance,
 and the Columbia second,
 although there are many others of importance on the
 Pacific, the Atlantic,
 and the Gulf slopes. The
National Government should undertake this work, and
I hope a beginning
will be made in the present
Congress; and the greatest of all our rivers, the
 should receive
special attention.

Optimism is a good characteristic, but if carried to an
 it becomes foolishness.
 We are prone to
speak of the resources of this country as inexhaustible;
 this is
 not so. The mineral
wealth of the country,
 the coal, iron, oil, gas, and the like, does not reproduce
and therefore is
certain to be exhausted
 ultimately; and wastefulness in dealing with it today
 that our descendants
will feel the exhaustion
 a generation or two before they otherwise would.
 But there
 are certain other
 forms of waste which could
 be entirely stopped-the waste of soil by washing,
 for instance,
 which is among
the most dangerous of all
wastes now in progress in the United States, is easily
preventible, so that this
 present enormous loss of
fertility is entirely unnecessary.

The preservation or replacement of the forests is
one of the
 most important means
 of preventing this loss.
 We have made a beginning in forest preservation,
but . . .
so rapid has been the rate
 of exhaustion of
timber in the United States in the past, and so
 rapidly is the
 remainder being exhausted,
 that the country is unquestionably on the verge
 of a timber
 famine which will be felt in
every household in the land. . . . The
 present annual consumption of lumber is certainly
times as great as the annual
 growth; and if the
consumption and growth continue unchanged,
 all our lumber will be
exhausted in another
 generation, while long before the limit to complete
exhaustion is reached the
 growing scarcity will
make itself felt in many blighting ways upon our
national welfare.

About twenty per cent of our forested territory
 is now reserved
 in national forests,
 but these do not
 include the most valuable timberlands, and in any
 event the
 proportion is too small
to expect that the
reserves can accomplish more than a mitigation
of the trouble
which is ahead for the
 nation. . . . We
should acquire in the Appalachian and White
Mountain regions
 all the forest-lands
 that it is possible
to acquire for the use of the nation. These lands,
 because they
form a national asset,
are as emphatically
 national as the rivers which they feed, and which
 flow through
so many States before
they reach the ocean. .

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