Thursday, January 17, 2008

**[added Saturday senence at the end]In Russia they have nature preserves that are really nature preserves. No human action at all. In theory, no humans go there.

I read an article about a US women, speaking Russian from school and interested in the environment, who went to start a World Wildlife Fund office in Russia. She thought she'd be working on dirty environmental issues like pollutions.

She found out about the absolute preserves.

She found out how big Russia is and what huge amounts of it are untouched. In Germany or Denmark, she noted, you couldn't in fairness, totally lock human out of some of the limited land. But Russia is huge. The command economy, as she tactfully calls it, kept people totally out of some places. She started to think that this was a good idea and should continue.

Now, there ten years, she's moved a little. You need to talk with and listen to the people right next to the total preserve. Hunter or poachers, as they might be called. She working on these people knowing, if they stay out of the preserve, the animals inside with flourish and multiply and some of them will some out of the preserve to where they can be hunted and not poached.


A protected animal population makes for bigger healthier animals for hunters eventually.

[I read about this in the alumni magazine of the Fountain Valley School of Colorado Springs, Colorado, a boarding and day high school. I need to read the article again, check the facts and add the name of the woman and the Russia words for the absolute preserves to the above.]