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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, July 23, 2015

The New York Times Op Ed Page today featured the spot on story about the fact that Congress has it all wrong about constantly claiming that if you thin forests of trees, you reduce the risk of wildfire............As Chad T. Hanson (ecologist with the John Muir Project), and Dominick A. DellaSala (chief scientist at the Geos Institute) make perfectly clear: 1.) clear cutting of forests and commercial logging do not reduce fire intensity,,,,,2.) Patches of high-intensity fire, where flames kill most or all of the trees, create one of the rarest, most threatened and most ecologically important wildlife habitats in Western conifer forests — a snag forest-where a biological wonderland develops post fire............. This article reinforces our friend and Ecologist Goerge Wuerthner's ongoing theme that 1)"large wildfires are ecologically critical to healthy forest ecosystems and not something to be suppressed or villified".....2), "Fuel reductions and other treatments can't stop large fires that are a consequence of climate/weather of high temps, low humidity and high winds"..........3), "Post-fire logging has no benefits, only harms forest ecosystems"...............4) "The only way to protect communities is not through "fuel reductions" which do not work in most instances, but to keep homes from being built in the "fire plain" and for those already there, reducing the flammability of the homes"............George, thanks for your insights and nice to see this reinforcing article today in The Times.

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