Re: NANFA-L-- The myth of restoration?

Bruce Stallsmith (
Fri, 06 May 2005 19:29:24 -0400

One obvious example of what needs to be done more often comes from the Ivory
Billed woodpecker story. They delayed release of the news of confirmed
sightings so that the Nature Conservancy (and others?) could buy land around
that area of the White & Cache Rivers in Arkansas to preserve habitat. This
won't work in every township in Ohio, etc., but it's a key part of any

At the rate we're going here, we might have to start a new list to bash
suburban sprawl. Where I live in Madison County, AL,-in-current rates there
won't be any farms left in 20 years, as all the old cotton fields are
converted to small lot/big house type development. Creeks do worse with that
kind of regime than with farming. . .

--Bruce Stallsmith
along the suburban Tennessee?
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>geoffrey kimber <> wrote:
>One major problem is that trees don't pay taxes and wal-mart does.
>When decision makers look-in-essentially free money, it's hard to say
>no, no matter how much they might individually love the environment.
>Additionally, the land owner has the right to sell the land to any s/he
>On top of that, if the council does not approve the development, they
>might be facing a legal challenge from wal-mart who has infinitely
>deeper pockets than most cities do.
>It never surprises me when land is developed. There are just too many
>factors in favor of it and too few factors against it.
>Even 'comprehensive land use plans' fall by the wayside quite often if
>enough money is waved about.
>Geoff Kimber
>Fredericksburg, VA
>From the Rappahanock to the Potomac to the Chesapeake Bay. Nothing but net.

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