New map reveals concentrations of nature-disrupting roads

The natural world is in the midst of a mass extinction as wild places are destroyed by conversion to farmland, mining and pollution, and animals are hunted in huge numbers. In October, a major analysis found the number of wild creatures was on track to fall by two-thirds by 2020, compared to 1970.

Roads are the catalyst for much of the destruction by, for example, giving U.S. coal miners access to forests, and giving illegal loggers access into the Amazon or poachers access to wild animals. Continue reading

Mountain Biking Inroads into Wilderness Legislation

GR: Humans have become so numerous, that most forms of outdoor recreation are harmful to habitats and wildlife. “The . . . recreationist has peculiarities that contribute in subtle ways to his own undoing. To enjoy he must possess, invade, appropriate. Hence, the wilderness that he cannot personally see has no value to him. Hence the universal assumption that an unused hinterland is rendering no service to society. To those devoid of imagination, a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part” (Leopold 1949: 176). Continue reading