Snags, or standing dead trees, in a part of the Stanislaus National Forest in California that was severely burned in the Rim Fire of 2013. Credit Noah Berger for The New York Times Let Forest Fires Burn? What the Black-Backed Woodpecker Knows A scientific debate is intensifying over whether too much money and too many lives are lost fighting forest fires.
As we careen towards the sixth great extinction of wildlife across the globe; America continues to treat our own native wildlife with contempt and ignorance. From the President’s signature allowing the killing of grizzlies and wolves in their dens, to the constant slaughter of wolves from traps and helicopters, to open hunting seasons on predators, to the delisting of grizzlies in Yellowstone country, wildlife in America is clearly in trouble!
It’s not just Republican lawmakers who are allowing this, some in the corporate conservation community continue to preach a philosophy of “we can have public lands grazing and wildlife” that betrays wolves and other predators, but allows their coffers to fill and allows lawmakers to continue their assault of predator species and funding for agencies like Wildlife Services.
The conservation community can no longer allow multiple voices on wolf conservation, but rather must fight in the unified belief that wolves belong in the wild. It’s crucial that we understand predator species are self-regulating and do not need endless, unscientific management. Finally, we must honestly say and commit as a community, that livestock grazing on public lands is simply not compatible with a healthy, sustainable environment.
For Bold Visions Conservation these are our core values and goals as an Organization:
In America today we must push tirelessly to end the welfare of public lands grazing.
We must stop the trapping of all species.
Grizzly bears must be allowed to expand their range and should not be subject to hunting or other harassment.
We must allow wolves to expand their range without fear or persecution and we must educate those that live in fear.
We must move to eliminate Game Commissions that ignore science and continue to be spokespeople for the livestock community. While ignoring the conservation community and the vital science that demands we move away from the continued management of wild species.
Wildlife Services must be eliminated.
We do not need more wildlife management; we need far more human management. Wildlife is self-regulating.
We believe in the rights of nature.
We must stop the endless assault on predator species and truly allow our wildest public lands to be wild, not open grazing allotments from a livestock industry that is stealing from our societal trough.
Many of the same ranchers that continue to push the boundaries of cow-wolf interaction remain those the most committed to ending federal control of our public lands and they must be stopped.
We must be strong and demand the corporate conservation community put wolves and other species before profit.
Passion, honesty and heart are at the core of our success.