Posted by: Dan | August 25, 2006

Protecting millions of acres of natural habitat

Slow blogging lately, but some conservation articles caught my eye recently.

First, there’s this in the NY Times: An Adirondack Ski Resort Takes Steps to Accommodate an Elusive Little Bird. The elusive bird? Bicknell’s Thrush. It’s not officially considered endangered or even threatened, largely because it is such an elusive bird and population data is hard to gather, but this Thrush species has such a restricted range and habitat preference – fir forests high in the Adirondacks of Northeastern NY State – that it is classified by the state as a “species of special concern.”

The Times article brings news of an encouraging trend that’s been increasingly prevalent in recent years: collaboration between developers and businesses with conservationists. In this case, ski resort planners are cooperating so that their ski trails avoid prime habitat areas for the Bicknell’s Thrush, in a demonstration that good business and good ecology need not be separate issues.

The second article that caught my eye recently was in the Autumn edition of the Nature Conservancy’s magazine, The Sale of the Century. The byline:

With huge swaths of Eastern forests up for grabs, the Conservancy moved quickly to protect 700,000 acres. But what will become of the woodlands that didn’t make the cut?

Or, as Bill Ginn, director of Forest Conservation at the Nature Conservancy, said, “This is conservation moving at the speed of business.” And indeed, groups like the NC and Conservation International are taking innovative measures to turn conservationism into a business. Kudos to them.



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