Plant Conservation Listserv

Center Plant Conservation Org

As settlers moved west, ecosystems began to shrink as people moved onto lands occupied by wildlife. No one cared about wildlife conservation in the 1800's until a special gray wolf touched the heart of a unique man. From a battle of wits grew an awareness of a need for wildlife conservation that slowly changed America's view of wildlife. This is a true story of how a gray wolf changed a man and America forever. Lobo was the alpha male of the Currumpaw wolf pack, the last remaining gray wolf pack in northern New Mexico. Ernest Thompson Seton, a wolf expert, had been hired by local ranchers in a town called Clayton to hunt down Lobo and kill him by any means necessary. In October of 1893 Ernest Seton rode into town expecting the job to take only a few weeks. By the time he arrived, most of the wolves had already been killed. Cattle ranches were taking over land, forcing the gray wolf to turn to other food sources as their natural prey became scarce. Buffalo had been the wolf's food supply, but man, not caring about wildlife conservation, hunted buffalo almost to the point of extinction. To survive, wolf packs turned to easy prey in the growing herds of cattle.

Animal Trustees of Austin

Aquatic life zones are a major natural resource and should be respected and taken care of. These biomes are the most complex and also the most threatened. At "34%" fish are the most endangered species in the world (Sustaining Biodiversity). Freshwater life zones suffer terribly from pollution, and "runoff containing fertilizer and other wastes and industrial dumpings enter into rivers, ponds, and lakes and tend to promote abnormally rapid algae growth" (The world's biomes). Overfishing is also ruining these biomes. Aquatic life zones support so many of the species of this planet, and they should be treated as important as they are. Aquatic Diversity Management Areas will help preserve Aquatic biodiversity because they manage and protect the biodiversity in given areas. Another method of preservation is Marine Reserves; these reserves are spaces within the sea that fishing is banned in. Bioregional Management is a strategy for the entire ecosystem that balances conservation, and social and economic needs in order to protect biodiversity. A list of threatened and endangered species is compiled in order to alert people of the species possible extinction. These lists help protect these species.