GR: Theodore Roosevelt formed the U. S. Forest Service to protect the forests from abusive logging and grazing practices. Clearcutting was a major cause of problems caused by erosion and sedimentation of streams and lakes. The first head of the Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, fought to regulate the abuse, but he failed. The timber and cattle industries succeeded in limiting reforms that would slow their profits. The Forest Service routinely uses income-tax revenues to fund operations that benefit timber and cattle companies. So, for more than a century now, U. S. forests have steadily declined in both productivity and biodiversity. The mismanagement by the nation’s foresters is typical of the other branches of public land and resource management including the largest land manager, the U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
Map: Location of fires >1,000 acres in pine and mixed-conifer forests with relatively frequent fire regimes…
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An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org
Dr. Michael W. Fox
Regardless of the concerted public education and conservation efforts over the past several decades in which I participated, the wolf continues to be subjected to continued persecution and even betrayal by state and federal authorities who voice empty rhetoric of conservation but practice wolf management as a form of exploitation and when called for, extermination by any and all means. The morality of exploiting such a highly intelligent, sociable and empathic species as a valuable recreational hunter’s trophy and commercial trapper’s prized fur has no sound justification or ethical validity.
The wolf pack is a family-based society: cubs at den greet mother (foreground) and yearlings. Fox archives.
“Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it”. —Henry David…
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