Friday, November 07, 2014
The return of the native AMERICAN CHESTNUT tree
About two centuries ago the site of the Species List Forest, Conway, MA (US) had all the giant trees native to the completely forested broadleaf canopy of, what is now, the northeastern US. It also contained native mega-fauna and a more diverse native fungi and native soil bacteria. The complete return of this species' forest will take centuries, but that will not discourage us from planning its return.
The complete return requires several things to happen at the same time. Most importantly, the forest must be neglected by resource management which would preclude all recreational use other than walking. Second, invasive species (animals, plant, fungi and microbes) must be eliminated. Third, native species must be brought back to thrive.
A transgenic resistant native plant is good. We brought the tree killing fungus to North America and this is a way to save the chestnut tree from that fungus.
"Continuing research by ESF and collaborators from other institutions indicates that the transgenic trees do not affect the composition of leaf litter, the feeding habits of insects or the growth of ecologically important fungi."
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
|100+ year old barbed wire on top of forested hill in Massachusetts (US).|
|Common black bear poop, Massachusetts (US).|
Monday, May 19, 2014
Money vs the Rights of Nature
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (US)
The state of Massachusetts now has two constitutional amendments/laws/judgements which remove money as an issue for the return of the natural landscape.
1. The high court of Massachusetts has now said that land set aside for public conservation benefit cannot be taxed by the towns. Again, this advances the Rights of Nature by making it easier for conservation groups to own conservation land and not be burdened by costs.
2. Several decades ago Massachusetts removed all individual liability from the owners of land open to the public. That allowed conservationists to set aside land without the burden of liability insurance. Although intended to serve community interests this amendment to the MA constitution actually advanced the Rights of Nature.
This (1) relief of insurance obligation and (2) no tax obligations is a one-two punch for the Rights of Nature.
From the Deep Woods of the Species' Forest
Friday, April 04, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
A SPECIES' FOREST is neither (1) biodiversity nor (2) sustainability. Those are resource words. What? Yes, I can say this because these words (biodiversity and sustainability) have been gladly adopted by resource extraction industries. They are interpretive and that make these words useless.
Biodiversity is not equilibrium. Sustainability is not equilibrium. EQUILIBRIUM and SPECIES' FOREST will never be used by the forest product extraction industry, because these terms are either 100 percent or nothing at all and resource people do not want to defend a forest 100 percent.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
We of the Species' List Forest support this tribunal.
First Global Tribunal on the Rights of Nature is launched
The environmental NGO the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature successfully organised its first Global Tribunal in Quito, Ecuador on the Rights of Nature on Friday 17 January. David Kingman explains how this worked. (click the image left). The Intergenerational Foundation