Is Preservation Good For The Environment?

Inadvertently, the Los Angeles Times today argued the case that preserving a “natural” ecosystem may be harmful to the environment.  Consider these two articles: the first shows the extreme steps taken by the federal government to return Santa Rosa Island to a “natural” state; the second tells of pollution emanating from the preserved La Brea Tar Pits.  See:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-santa-rosa-20111129,0,3043295.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-tar-pits-20111129,0,1979710.story

Amazingly, the museum at the Tar Pits has been fined  nearly $20,000 in the past few years because the oils coming from the naturally preserved Tar Pits are allegedly polluting storm drains.  To rectify this great wrong, Los Angeles County — owners of this museum site — will be paying “$2 million to build a new system that will clean the water before it is deposited into the sewers.”

I thought the La Brea Tar Pits were “natural.”  How could something “natural” be responsible for “pollution”?  I thought only evil Humans were capable of such environmental atrocities.  Would the Tar Pits be considered as a source of pollution if they weren’t being “preserved” by LA County?  If so, who would be picking up the $2 million tab to rectify this environmental horror?

How horrible is it?  According to Liz Crosson, executive director of Santa Monica Baykeeper, “which has sued the county over the polluted runoff,” “These pollutants can have a pretty severe effect on species.”  So how were those species faring before LA County preserved the site?  A visit to the museum will tell you that the Tar Pits have trapped animals for more than 10,000 years — long before Humans were present in significant numbers in that neighborhood.  Did the oils from the Tar Pits just recently become “polluting”?

Special interest groups like “Baykeeper” exist by extorting taxpayer money from cowering government entities to make others pay to implement their vision of what is “natural.”

And they’re at it again in the nearby Channel Islands.  As related in the first article above, another environmental group, the National Park and Conservation Association, sued the National Park Service because deer and elk on Santa Rosa Island “were degrading the environment.”  The result of this suit: White Buffalo, a Connecticut-based company “is
conducting the final hunt.”  That’s right: the “environmentalists” want all of the deer and elk slaughtered!  According to the LA Times, the plaintiffs are overjoyed, because removing the deer and elk will “finally end their cycle of death on the island while allowing the opportunity for the full natural diversity of plants and wildlife to flourish.”

The article doesn’t say how much we taxpayers had to pay to conduct this slaughter demanded by the National Park and Conservation Association.

Obviously, the deer and elk on Santa Rosa Island would have been much better off if they hadn’t been “preserved.”

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