Wilderness and Economics

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

“Wildland preservation is motivated by a variety of ethical, biological, cultural, and recreational concerns. Rarely are efforts to protect wildlands motivated by an interest in promoting economic growth. Those working on wildland preservation issues have been forced to take up with the issue of local economic impacts because those supporting commercial development of those wild natural landscapes emphatically assert that wildland preservation damages the local and national economies by restricting access to valuable natural resources and constraining commercial economic activity that otherwise would take place.”  From: www.thewildlifenews.com

GR:  Must we always try to protect the land by arguing that protection brings economic benefits for humans?  Perhaps that is the only practical approach, but we could argue more strongly that healthy ecosystems contribute to the health of the Earth and benefit us all.

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