Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How do you preserve and protect our flora and fauna when Climate Change rules?

 

This is going to be a major question for environmental groups, agencies of the government, and everyone who has been trying to protect our environment. 

Our environment as we know it is changing so much and so quickly that it is going to be very difficult to determine what keeping it at a sustainable state will mean as further changes from Climate Change occur.  In other words, how does an agency responsible for keeping our parks healthy do their job if Climate Change is going to change rapidly all the plants and animals in that park anyway? 

What many might have thought of as a static environment, where we just maintained our natural areas (those that are left) and that was that, doesn’t make sense anymore. 

Check out this short paper from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:  

Dandelions and Climate Change: Lessons from Your Front Lawn U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of International Conservation, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203  "Now that premise, a central tenet of the protected areas system, is no longer valid. The vagaries of climate change are such that despite our best efforts, what a particular parcel of natural landscape will look like but a few decades from now is anyone’s guess. Instability and uncertainty are the new driving forces when it comes to land management. Such forces create habitats most suitable to r-selection strategies. How does the conservation community adopt an r-selection strategy? Rather simply on paper, but not easily in practice. An r-selection conservation strategy would involve hedging our bets with regard to protected areas " Scientific Journals -

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