Public Lands and People of Color

Since the conservation movement’s beginnings, some people have been actively excluded, or made to feel unwelcome in public lands — namely, people of color. We’re starting to talk about it. To this day, it’s made an impact on how we relate to wildlife because the stigma continues. We must do better.

Sometimes one small act changes ecosystems drastically

If people think ecology is simple, this story would explain otherwise. Beside this study, Yellowstone has been a laboratory for many wildlife biologists as they sort out which species to introduce, conserve or eliminate. One example is the reintroduction of the gray wolf whose unintentional effects rippled throughout the park. Biologists were startled to find that wolves scared the elks up into the hills, thus freeing aspen trees to mature free from the elks’ gnawing teeth. Allowed to grow tall, they provide habitat for songbirds, materials for beavers to build their dams, and aquatic organisms to find a home in the newly created ponds. All because of the wolf. This is why ecology is rarely simple.