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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

 

-- Killing Time --

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For what it's worth....

Some pics of Louisiana's Atchafalaya region here:

http://www.cclockwood.com/stockimages/swamp_hardwoodbottomland.htm

...and another story of potential problems with an endangered species plan here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24256895/

Again, this gets at the problem I was trying to expose in the "Parable" post, that many such plans are potentially flawed; their short-term success questionable, and their long term success usually doomed (given a long enough term). I certainly don't oppose such efforts, but the chances of full success are more limited than often implied. Moreover, there are sometimes pork-barrel-like politics involved when individuals vigorously want certain pet projects, that are NOT guaranteed of success, funded at the expense of other projects also not guaranteed of success. The way to save species is to save habitat, and unlike many other endangered species, the IBWO search focuses attention on 100s of 1000s of acres of habitat across a wide expanse of land --- yes, it could all come to naught, but the evidence and verdict is far from in, despite what some choose to contend.
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