My slide presentation “REWILDING AMERICA” is set up on Youtube as an “unlisted” video, which means you cannot find it by searching Youtube, you must use this link to access the video page. Once on the video page, you can copy and share the link. You can also watch the video by clicking the “play” button below.
In this presentation I cover the basic doctrines of REWILDING and demonstrate how it has become FEDERAL policy.
- Basic definitions – “Cores, Corridors, and Carnivores”
- Critical Habitat Designations and Species Recovery Zones (Frogs and toads, grizzly bears, jaguars, and gray wolves.)
- GAP Analysis, PAD-US, UN-WDPA
- Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
- Flaws in the Endangered Species Act
- Bi-national, tri-national and international treaty obligations
- Steps we must take in order to derail the REWILDING agenda.
- Why the truth matters!
The soundtrack is not the best, so I will apologize ahead of time. However, the information is just too important, and too timely, to spend any more time editing.
Please note: This presentation is intended as a basic introduction to REWILDING. There is much more that can be said about each of the various topics presented in the video. When I share this presentation in person with a group, I provide handouts with additional information and bring with me numerous studies and thousands of pages of documentation in over a dozen notebooks.
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13 thoughts on ““REWILDING AMERICA” on YOUTUBE”
Well done Steve. I took notes frequently as I viewed and listened to your presentation, realizing quickly that the information and documentation you were presenting was tying things together for me on this topic. Seeing the maps and refreshing my memory regarding the various US treaties and, in particular,, Goal 15 of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda was really helpful for me – thank you! Loved hearing the amazing story about your personal interaction with Temple Grandin- Wow! Small world …Big God
‘Human friendly land use policy’
Translation: We think we can ‘own’ land and anything that we don’t like we will shoot and kill.
Land is not a commodity to be brought and sold. Land is the property of all of the Earth’s species. By ‘human friendly’ you mean ‘human only’ or human-centred.
No, that’s not what I mean. I’m talking about wise management. Granted, regulations are needed to protect against greed, yet all life is dependent on natural resources. Humans have a right to use resources just like any other creature. While I advocate for multiple use of our public lands, I am also an advocate for full protection where it is appropriate. I do not advocate for single use of our public lands (conservation), as the enviro whackos do. Allowing a non-endangered high impact predator such as the gray wolf to spread recklessly across settled landscapes attacking limited ungulate populations and spreading disease is insane and disingenuous. If conservationists were really concerned about protecting the genetic integrity of gray wolves, and their survival as a distinct “variety” of animal, they would advocate keeping them far to the north, far far away from settled landscapes, ruthlessly, by any means necessary, in order to prevent hybridization between wolves and coyotes and wolves and dogs.
It seems a bit of a stretch to call rewilding federal policy. Do you really think Obama and Trump care about species conservation. Obama didn’t ban elephant ivory until 2016.
What did Obama do to ensure connectivity within wilderness areas and national parks? Nothing significant. Both the Democrats and Republicans only care about serving their corporate masters. Neither cares about saving species, let alone setting asides huge tracts of land for wildlife reserves when corporations simply see such places as ‘undeveloped’.
Anon doubts because Anon has not done his/her homework. Prior to Obama, REWILDING was already in full swing, not as anything “official” of course, but through service agency philosophy, USFWS species status and range definitions and policy implementation. Keeep in mind, REWILDING is foremost a philosophy, used to fulfill an agenda. To further the REWILDING agenda, the Obama admin instituted Landscape Conservation Cooperatives in March, 2009, under Secretarial Order (Ken Salazaar). Also in 2009 Obama also directed the ARMY CORPS of ENGINEERS to work in partnership with the U.N. to develop the Integrated Water Resource Management strategies and procedures. Water governance is another very important component of REWILDING. Critical Habitat designations, species recovery zones, and monument designations all peaked under Obama. There is so much evidence that REWILDING is/was the guiding philosophy over the last several decades it’s not even arguable. I am hopeful the Trump admin will reverse course, but not overly optimistic.
Rewilding makes perfect sense. We are living through a period of mass extinction because of habitat lose (although I should say habitat destruction caused by humans) ensuring that species have connectivity to allow them sufficient range to meet and mate with other species is imperative to their survival.
If Rewilding really was federal policy our politicians and government agencies would massively expand the National Park and wilderness programs to make them connected. The government would also ban plastics and pesticides entirely which they aren’t. Also our elected officials would openly mention the extinction crisis, which they don’t. They would also ban logging, or at least restrict it.
Yes there are international agreements such as the UN and NAWPA committee but the UN’s Agenda 21 is a voluntary non-binding agreement. You seem so concerned about projections into the future to preserve 50% of state land by 2050 but even if that does happen the Earth’s biosphere would be destroyed.
According to world renown Smithsonian paleontologist Doug Erwin, of the best-assessed groups of modern animals—like stony corals, amphibians, birds and mammals—somewhere between 0 and 1 percent of species have gone extinct in recent human history. By comparison, the globally catastrophic Permian mass extinction claimed upwards of 90 percent of all species on earth!
Erwin is one of the world’s leading experts on the End-Permian mass extinction, an unthinkable volcanic nightmare that nearly ended life on earth. According to Erwin, “People who claim we’re in the sixth mass extinction don’t understand enough about mass extinctions to understand the logical flaw in their argument. To a certain extent they’re claiming it as a way of frightening people into action, when in fact, if it’s actually true we’re in a sixth mass extinction, then there’s no point in conservation biology because by the time a mass extinction starts, the world would already be over.” In other words, all this talk that we are witnessing another “mass extinction” is pure propaganda.
Conservation biologists love to threw out catch phrases and change definitions to suit their needs. That is why conservation biology is considered a philosophy, not science.
It is a fact that our government is expanding connectivity and curtailing best forest management and other multiple use activities on a massive scale on our public lands. This is done through a variety of means, especially critical habitat designations and species recovery zones (over 12,000 sq. miles in last three years alone!). Expanding the range of high impact large carnivores such as grizzly bears, gray wolves, and jaguars, is government policy, but it is not necessary to preserve any of these non-endangered species from extinction.
All this is being done to control human behavior and change the political landscape. You can believe REWILDING is a good thing or not, based on your values and ideology, but don’t spew propaganda on my page.
No moose in the Yellowstone ecosystem? I was just there and saw them everywhere from Lamar valley to the Tetons… Maybe wolves are bringing the numbers down but it appears you are trying to sell your personal agenda just as much as you portray the government as doing.
Facts matter Rob. In 1991, just a few years prior to wolf introduction, the Jackson Hole Elk Herd numbered 21,000. Last year (2017) the Jackson herd was estimated at 10,000 to 10,500 animals. The Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd took an even bigger hit, going from approximately 20,000 animals down to a low of 3000 by 2012.
Prior to wolf introduction, the Greater Yellowstone regional moose population was estimated at 3000 to 5000. Today the moose population is hovering around 500. Consider yourself lucky for seeing several moose. They are moving closer to roads and human habitation in order to escape depredation, and that’s a fact. I see moose in my neighborhood quite frequently, and I live ten mile north of a major city. That does not mean the population is doing well.
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Agenda 2050 anyone?
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Great read thankks