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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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Saturday, July 4, 2015

On Americas's big day, July 4, we celebrate M.C. Davis, a former gambler and businessman, whose amalgamation of 54,000-acres in the Florida Panhandle makes him the largest private land owner of conservation land in the southeastern United States...........Like Media Mogul Ted Turner(the largest private landowner in the USA with all of his holdings in conservation easements), Davis is an example of a person who thankfully has contracted an incurable case of biophilia(the connection human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life)...............For the past 20 years, Davis has been restoring ecosystems that agriculture and timbering have destroyed east of Pensacola..............After randomly pulling into a high school to listen to a talk about the fledgling Florida black bear restoration in the state, Davis decided that his fortune should be put to use "saving nature"............And indeed he has"put his money where his mouth is", thus far investing $90 million to create this Longleaf Pine natural area...........Davis" time on the planet is limited as he has stage 4 lung cancer..........Nonetheless, he has a 300 year timeline for his money, leaving it all to conservation trusts to continue additional land preservation into the future after he is gone..............In Davis" own words----"I'm hoping that we're capable of leaving some huge biological warehouses that — if and when our country fails, and all of them do sooner or later — that hopefully the impacts wouldn't be total"................. "That nature just doesn't have to start from scratch"...................Join me in saluting a true Patriot--M.C. Davis..............We need more like him across North America!!!!!


Gambler-Turned-Conservationist Devotes Fortune To Florida Nature Preserve

M.C. Davis made millions gambling and buying up land and mineral rights. Now, he's restoring ecosystems destroyed by agriculture and timbering in his private preserve, one of the largest in the U.S.

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Matt Aresco, a biologist and director at
 Nokuse, points to one of the
 millions of longleaf pines crews have 
planted on the plantation. 
Longleaf pines once covered about 40 
million acres across the
 South. By the 1930s, all of those original
 trees were cut down

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