In today's Earth Island Journal's online News section I take a look at the sky island of Shenandoah National Park, one of the East's great ecological and recreational treasures. Its founding was fairly brutal, with the forced removal of mountaineers in the 1920s, but as Virginia continues to suffer the expanding sprawl of DC the park serves as a wonderful redoubt of natural beauty between the Valley and Piedmont.
Nature Needs Half is a revolutionary approach to conservation which posits that half of the world's land and water should be maintained in its natural state, both to ensure the longterm functioning of ecosystem services without which our civilization would soon collapse, as well as to--oh yeah--provide at least some space for the rest the approximately 8.7 million species that don't happen to be H. sapiens. I take a look at this grandiose but entirely logical idea over at Earth Island Journal.
William H. Funk
I'm a freelance writer focusing on natural history, conservation, and environmental law, policy and politics.