Hello folks. Love to chat with you about re-wilding landscapes in NY. Here is a neat video about a successful project in Britain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt5KsGw4vVM
Essentially the argument is multifold, but comes down to: The landscapes we inhabit today are missing many of the mammals that had significant cascading ecological impact. By re-introducing some of these animals, or at least stand-ins, we can recharge this biodiversity and return some health to our landscapes.
Many of you know that Agroforestry practices have a net positive impact on ecosystem services in landscapes, and can be profitable enterprises. Rewilding takes the idea in a similar but different direction in that we are opening up landscapes to let in solar energy that drives productivity, and effecting natural processes at diverse structural and functional scales. The disturbance large herbivores bring can keep parts of ecosystems in mid-succession, thus providing increased edge habitat for more species.
There are of course HUGE and complex socioeconomic and political factors to consider...
AND, some economic opportunities include: hunting/fishing, conservation programs, tourism, ecosystem services, carbon sequestration, valuing abandoned farm land, and many other opportunities.
Is there a place for such a project in New York state? And if so, who wants to collaborate in making it happen?