Florida’s unlike anywhere else in the continental United States- unique ecosystems harboring thousands of species found nowhere else on the planet, shaped by wind and rain, water and tides. They’re sensitive ecosystems, plagued by human development and associated nutrients, sediment, and the introduction of dozens of non-native species. Hell Bay Boatworks has been a tireless advocate in the conservation of Florida’s unique aquatic resources- restoring the Everglades, mitigating pollution from agriculture surrounding Lake Okeechobee.
We don’t blink an eye at the conservation of panthers or leopards or bison or wolves- species which range hundreds of square miles, species which, globally speaking, are pretty stable. Little things count, and they’re often ignored. Take the Panama City Crayfish– whose entire global population covers an area about the size of Disney World. Of all the species which need conservation attention, those inhabiting such tiny native ranges should be the easiest to protect- they’re not fuzzy or photogenic or cuddly, and when it comes to building new condos or protecting something that looks like it’s out of a sci-fi novel, the spiny-squishy-slimy critters too often lose out. It’s a shame, because they exist- and they’re worth protecting.
More Montana Access Woes.
Maintaining public access for hunting and angling is tough enough in the west- tougher still when you consider different entities may own surface, water, and mineral rights. That’s the issue concerning Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks lately, in addition to legislative interference and the palatability of developing conservation easements versus outright purchase of ranch properties.
Nothing beats a good title.
“Fishery Fest Isn’t Wholly Mackerel: Smelts, Salmon in Focus.” Absolutely brilliant.
The Endangered Species Act should be looked at as triage- the last stop before extinction. Conservation planning is preventative medicine- identifying species of conservation need and understanding the habitat requirements necessary for survival before they reach a point where large-scale governmental effort and regulation is necessary. Proactive measures can turn the tide in favor of vulnerable species, making sure expensive but noteworthy conservation efforts aren’t necessary in the first place.
In a part of the world decimated by logging and mining, The Nature Conservancy and Kentucky’s top Republican have partnered for a $5 million grant to protect 25,000 acres of Appalachian landscape. The strange bedfellows’ cooperative effort will protect threatened amphibians, bats, birds, crawdads, fish, and freshwater mussels all benefit, with the mixed hardwood and hemlock forests affording carbon sequestration for generations to come.
Let’s take the win.