Tuesday, July 28, 2009

B I O D I V E R S I T Y

One of the things I've learned - and probably mentioned in a previous post - in working with my company's Ecological, Wildlife, and Forestry groups, is the importance of fire for maintaining healthy habitat and biodiversity. Just like rain, fire is a natural element that helps "prune" the landscape and is critical for the fire-evolved longleaf pine forest.

Though we often think of animals when we think of threatened or endangered species, plants and forests are also living, organic components of our planet, and their loss is equally as devastating. And while longleaf pine is native to North America, the "tree-hugging" mentality of leaving everything alone can have a negative net-effect for habitat around the world, as this story from BBC suggests.

This does not mean it's OK to go set the woods on fire, or to burn your abusive husband alive in his bed, or to drink too much Mountain Dew and get all Beavis and Butthead "FIREFIREheheFIRE!" It means you must work with a trained wildlife/forestry expert to implement best management practices (BMPs) into the habitat that surrounds you and that we all hope to leave behind to future generations. Sustainability, y'all. Learn it, love it, live it!

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