Conservation and Anything

Richard Zander bryo at COMMTECH.NET
Mon Feb 2 09:11:19 CST 1998

May I remind participants in the thread on conservation that we are
imposing our abilities (such as they are) as stewards of biological
diversity on the environment. Thus conservation is something of
importance to us, as a human activity. Any catastrophe that comes from
our destroying the multi-species littermates of our nest gives
opportunity to species yet unspeciated. We have a right to deny
environmental space to future species, sure, just as we have a right to
preserve those species we think might benefit us (balance of nature,
etc.). Conservation is like agriculture...exactly like agriculture.


Richard H. Zander, Curator of Botany, Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14211 USA bryo at

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