Translate

Friday, November 07, 2014

A transgenic resistant native American Chestnut is good


The return of the native AMERICAN CHESTNUT tree

Return of the species' forest.



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

Bear Poop and Barbed wire

100+ year old barbed wire on top of forested hill in Massachusetts (US).



  • Originator Species List Forest, Conway MA USA

    In the northeast there is a fair amount of mega-fauna that has, in my lifetime, returned to the Great Northeastern Forest (US). These hills used to be all cleared for sheep and cattle. I ask you to come east and walk through any woods here. You will find stone walls (non-locals call them stone fences). Every stone wall has a bar-way once used for keeping the animals in. Now these bar-ways are deeply embedded in the forest and have no meaning. A few days ago I was was in a trail-less area on top of a rocky mountain (you would call them hills) and took a picture of old barbed wire now all rusted away and I suspect over a century old. The hideous cattle/sheep industry is about 99 percent gone from these hills and the species' forest has returned. Within a few feet of that site was several [black] bear poops so filled with acorns. I have seen coyotes and there have been wolf sightings in the next town.

    Perhaps I am missing something, but it appears that [some people] who have the smallest connection to the domesticated animal industries have the best [on-line] comments. Those [commenters] that work for or have a career that revolves around preservation of the animal industry defend, excuse or confuse the "best practices" killing of native animals. The option of restricting and eventual elimination of the cattle industry must not be dismissed. That is the [800 pound gorilla] in the room. Many nations do not have huge herds of AUHM (animals under human management) populating, marauding and messing up the interior of their fine countries. Literally (to save the native animals) the US cowboy has to go. 


  • Common black bear poop, Massachusetts (US).

    Monday, May 19, 2014

    Money vs the Rights of Nature


    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.

    Richard Stafursky
    From the Deep Woods of the Species' Forest


    Monday, March 17, 2014

    100 Percent Protection of a Forest


    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, February 05, 2014

    First Global Tribunal on the Rights of Nature is launched

    We of the Species' List Forest support this tribunal.

    2014

    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


    The Intergenerational Foundation