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A Conservationist Manifesto

Scott Russell Sanders Indiana University Press ePub
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Chapter 4 The Changing Coastal and Ocean Economies of the United StatesGulf of Mexico 47Judith T. K ildow, Charles S. Colgan,and Linwood Pendleton

James C Cato Texas A&M University Press PDF


The Changing Coastal and

Ocean Economies of the

United States Gulf of Mexico

Judith T. Kildow, Charles S. Colgan, and

Linwood Pendleton


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A comprehensive strategy is needed to protect and nurture the Gulf of Mexico’s riches. Public focus—and that of the government and academics—has been largely locked on the devastation from the 2005 hurricanes. But stresses on the rich natural resources of this special area have been intensifying for many years.

These stresses have been felt especially in the degradation and shrinkage of wetlands and the decline of fisheries. Declining water quality, both fresh water for drinking and seawater, has exacerbated the situation.

The economies of the Gulf states are inextricably linked to the quality and values of the Gulf’s natural resources. Recent reviews of scientific studies, management practices, and the availability of information about economics and natural resources have opened new windows for developing effective strategic plans for protecting these resources. Government and the private sector can work together to use this new information to create a multitiered paradigm with a positive effect on coastal resource management for years to come. Several activities indicate that this shift is under way, including creation of the Gulf of

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Serendipity in the Origin of Ecotourism with a Hand Lens /Serendipia en el Origen del Ecoturismo con Lupa - Ricardo Rozzi

Bernard Goffinet and Ricardo Rozzi and Lily Lewis and William Buck and Francisca Massardo University of North Texas Press PDF






Ricardo Rozzi

In March 2000, I embarked on an expedition to the Cape Horn Islands at the southern end of the Americas, guiding a group of bryologists led by Bernard Goffinet in the search of Splachnaceae or “dung” mosses that Bernard thought might grow on the bones of whales beached on the south shores of the island. We experienced several storms while navigating on the

“Maroba”, a tiny fishing boat, but we survived! We were determined to find these mosses and began a long hike across a vast peatland. I soon became separated from the group and fell into one of the numerous scattered pools. I started to sink, sure that this would be a quiet natural death. While sinking I observed the astonishing diversity of mosses around the pond, and thought “if I am a biologist and do not have knowledge of this diversity of plants, what about the decision makers and teachers in Chile?” Some years earlier, I had participated in committees charged with identifying priority sites for conservation in Chile and Latin America, based only on vertebrate and vascular plant diversity.

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Don Hunter University Press of Colorado ePub

H E L E N   F R E E M A N

INDIA On behalf of the snow leopard, a middle-aged woman endures an arduous trek into a mountain paradise and is rewarded in the end with an unexpected gift.

I read a travel guidebook on India that said it did not matter if the traveler was on the ground or in the air, the visitor’s first view of Kashmir would be unforgettable. The Mughal emperors who came here coined a word for the valley: paradise.

As the guidebook said, it was unforgettable, but it was not what I had expected. Instead of relaxing in paradise, I was freezing and scared stiff. Heavy snow was falling and the trail was icy. I kept muttering to myself, “Explain it again, why did I want to do this?” Then, after hours of questioning myself and not getting a satisfactory answer, I turned to pleading: “Please, please, let our destination be around the next bend. I promise to eat bran muffins instead of chocolate.” But when darkness fell and we still had not reached our destination, I concentrated on only one thing: survival.

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A Road into Chaos and Old Night

Scott Russell Sanders Indiana University Press ePub

When I first read a handful of his essays in college, I didn’t much care for Ralph Waldo Emerson. He seemed too high-flown, too cocksure, too earnest. I couldn’t imagine he had ever sweated or doubted. His sentences rang with a magisterial certainty that I could never muster. In the library, his portrait gazed from the wall with a superior air; his name was carved in stone alongside the names of other literary immortals. More like an angel than a man, he seemed to float above the messy Earth where I labored in confusion. He rarely told stories, rarely framed arguments, rarely focused on any creature or place, but instead he piled one oracular statement atop another like a heap of jewels, each one hard and polished and cold.

While resisting Emerson, I fell under the spell of another citizen of Concord, Henry David Thoreau, who was agreeably cranky and earthy. Here was a man who rode rivers, climbed mountains, ambled through forests, and told of his journeys in wide-awake narratives, as I aspired to do. He built a cabin with his own hands, hoed beans, baked bread, and chopped wood. Thoreau kept his feet on the ground, his eyes and ears alert to the homely world—ants fighting on a stump, mud thawing on a railroad bank, men building a bridge, skunk cabbage perfuming a swamp. He led an outdoor life, keeping his distance from the gossipy town. He stood up against slavery, protested the Mexican war, went to jail for refusing to pay the poll tax, and wrote prose that seemed to me as wild as the loons he chased across Walden Pond.

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