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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, July 29, 2015

George Wuerthner and Monica Bond published in The New York Times Letters to the Editors regarding his commentary on the 7/29/15 article entitled:MORE LOGGING WON'T STOP WILDFIRES----

To the Editor:
Re “More Logging
 Won’t Stop Wildfires,” by 
Chad T. Hanson
 and Dominick A. Dellasala 
(Op-Ed, July 23):
Much of the rising cost of
 firefighting in the
 West is due to efforts to
protect structures 
that are built in fire-prone
The federal government 
is spending hundreds
 of millions of dollars on
 fuel reductions
 (logging) far from and
 through fuel
 reductions, making
them ineffective.
A far wiser policy
would be to zone
 homes out of the
 “fire plain,” just as
 we zone homes out
of river flood plains.
For those homes
already in these fire 
plains, local building
codes should 
require construction
with fire-resistant 
materials like metal
roofs, and the
 reduction of flammable
 around the home site.
Bend, Ore.
The writer is the author of 
“Wildfire: A Century of Failed 
Forest Policy.”
To the Editor:
The article is right on target.
 Large forest fires are perfectly 
natural, and create excellent
habitats. These kinds of fires
 occurred in North American
for millenniums, and many
and animals have evolved
to thrive
 in post-fire conditions.
It is time for forest
management to
 catch up with the science.
 to stop fires and logging
 after fires
 should be stopped
as this is the true threat
 to healthy forests.
Armonk, N.Y.
The writer is principal
 scientist at the Wild Nature 

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