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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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Friday, May 1, 2015

I Phone maker APPLE just partnered up with THE CONSERVATION FUND to buy 36,000 acres of forest in Main and North Carolina.............The firm is approaching this as a conservation investment to ensure that the land will be managed sustainably in perpetuity, with local government or a nonprofit as a watchdog, and never subdivided............... Later, the nonprofit will resell the land—knowing that it's protected forever—and then use the profits to invest in a new large forest to repeat the process.................This was a way for Apple not only to address their virgin fiber needs, but to do something extremely positive about land conservation.............. It's about making sure in the future there are forests to produce this fiber...........It would be a great thing for other Silcon Valley Tech firms to get on this forest investment bandwagon, banding together to buy up even larger swaths of continuous unbroken forest properties so as to aid in the rewilding of the USA

Why Apple Bought 36,000 Acres Of Forest

The simple answer: Apple uses a lot of paper, and it feels bad.

As Apple invests in tech startups and new data centers, now
also spending money on trees. The tech giant just helped buy
 36,000 acres of forest in Maine and North Carolina through
a partnership with the nonprofit The Conservation Fund.

Why invest in trees? The company uses a vast amount of
 in packaging, and wanted to find a long-term sustainable
source for it—and a way to help protect those resources.
Though Apple wouldn't disclose the exact amount of paper
they use, Lisa Jackson, the company's VP of environmental
initiatives, writes that the amount the two forests can
 is only equal to half of the virgin fiber used to package the
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, and Apple TV last year.
The company didn't invest in the forest just to harvest trees
for their own needs. Instead, in a unique model, Apple is
helping to save large tracts of forest that are at risk of being
 parceled up and sold to developers.

Around 15 years ago, as the market for paper pulp went
global, large U.S. forest companies started to sell vast
of land. "All told, roughly 90 million acres of land sold
in a
 very short time," says Lawrence Selzer, CEO and
 at The Conservation Fund. "It was the largest sale of
 lands in the history of the United States."

Some of that land went directly to developers, but the
majority was sold to short-term investors who are now
starting to sell it off. "Every time these lands are sold,
they're subdivided," says Selzer. "That fragmentation
accelerates the loss of ecological value, forest economic
 value, and dramatically accelerates the conversion to
 non-forest uses like development. So this situation
represents the greatest land conservation challenge in
the U.S. today."

Apple put up money for The Conservation Fund to buy
 two massive chunks of working forest. Now, the nonprofit
 will set up conservation easements in place to ensure that
 the land will be managed sustainably in perpetuity, with
local government or a nonprofit as a watchdog, and never
 subdivided. Later, the nonprofit will resell the land—
knowing that it's protected forever—and then use the profits
 to invest in a new large forest to repeat the process.
"What Apple's doing is essentially investing in the forest to
 start this whole chain," says Selzer.

The forests will be managed by local companies that sell to a
 variety of customers, so Apple alone won't benefit. It's part
 the company's bigger goals to help restore the environment,
 as Jackson told BuzzFeed:
If we take the approach of just buying sustainably

sourced paper, we’re not making the world a better


—we’re zeroing out. Apple

 has been really clear that we want to leave the world

better than we found it; that’s one of our values.
The Conservation Fund hopes that other corporations will
be inspired to follow Apple's lead.
"The forests we're losing in this country are the last, greatest
forests that we have, and once they're lost, you can't put them
 back together," says Selzer. "So we have a window of
opportunity and we hope others will step up.

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