Conservation and Anything

Les Kaufman lesk at BIO.BU.EDU
Mon Feb 2 12:36:07 CST 1998

This is definitely a new twist on things.  The fact that species
unspeciated have wonderful new opportunities will unfortunately be little
solace to the millions of people denied a liveable earth as a consequence.

>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

Les Kaufman
Boston University Marine Program
Department of Biology
Boston University
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Boston, MA 02215

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