Posts tagged ‘sustainability’

April 14, 2012

Ecological Studies of Wolves on Isle Royale

Once again, experience proves  that our direction concerning wild life management needs careful assessment, not only for the health of all wild species of animals, but for those like ourselves that rely upon diversity like the wolf.  As Native American legend tells it: where our brother the wolf goes, man will soon follow.  Consideration of this possibility, not from fear, but from sound observation and experience is essential.

The annual report from 2011-12 on  Isle Royale wolves and moose has found the lowest documented population of wolves since 1950 when numbers were first assessed, raising concerns about the future of wolves on the island.  Please look for the paper “Managing wolves on Isle Royale: What should be done if an icon of wilderness culture dies out?” written by researchers Rolf Peterson, John Vucetich and Michael P. Nelson to be published in The George Wright Forum this month.

I am including links below for information on the referenced article among others that may be of interest.
January 13, 2012

What would Henry think?

A white pine on what used to be sandy shore of an extension of the waters of Lake Calhoun in Linden Hills.  This pine is just a baby, maybe 60-70 years old and could live another 100 or more, if allowed … what a magnificent sight that would be.  If only, like Thoreau, we could live our lives more simply … as he describes in “Walden”, pp. 323- 324:
” I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”