The United States has one of the oldest, best-established park systems in the world. But what if those public lands – mostly created to preserve scenic natural wonders – are in the wrong place to conserve the lion’s share of the nation’s unique biodiversity?
I took for granted that most of the ecologically important lands in the US were well protected. I was mistaken. Apparently most lands that need to be protected are owned by private entities, some of which are sustainably exploiting (to our benefit) our rich abundance of natural resources.
Still, according to this interesting, new study, America’s unique, rare biodiversity are at higher risk than was previously know.
If you are a professor, or know one, this study should be on syllabi in universities around the world.