I’m getting sick of reading about timber production stands and species biodiversity within them. On Hawaii landowners are afraid the US government will start to support them, change a law, and come back to sue them for using the land for something “they weren’t supposed to,” or for “taking down a natural stand of trees.” From what I’ve read the US government is all show and no action on this. Oh, we’ll help you 50% of the way, and then when demand turns out to be more than they expected the government says, “Uh, sorry?”
Europe, on the other hand, is currently all gung ho about forest conservation and blah blah blah. Save the species, but still make money, keep it green, keep it clean. Uh… huh… A few hundred years back things weren’t so pretty over here in Europe and forests were decimated right and left. So glad to see you’ve come around Europe, right now it’s the US’s turn to realise they’ve been jerks and it’s time to just grow up and start saving the trees. And no, our lovely little government doesn’t really help. States with a lot of money and a very ‘green’ attitude DO tend to help. Fancy that.
Also, I would like to very clearly state that humans are humans and always will be and were HUMAN. I have hit a wall of hearing from some source or another that the Native Americans/Indians were huge conservationists. They worshipped the land, they prayed to their gods, they killed thousands of buffalo to the point they nearly went extinct. Yes, our precious Indians nearly brought those huge lumbering bulks of bison to extinction. Those big dark lumps you see at Yellowstone National Park in the middle the snow that have very hard heads. . . THOSE. I won’t get into the other species they whacked off at alarming rates.
Cultures around the world are decimating populations of animals and flora. Some are “civilised” i.e. industrialised, others are not. Just suck it up and understand that humans like to kill things. Go read up on our lovely civilised fishing industry around the world. I love my Scandinavian heritage, but them Norwegians need to cut back on the whales and big feeeeshies!
Sometimes it’s very hard to study conservation biology. And it’s only going to get harder.