I just finished reading quite a tome on the concept and practice of Rewilding, written by Dave Foreman, who is also a member of Earth First. Invented as a ideology and standpoint towards nature and the conservational biology of diverse life and landscape, “a method based on “cores, corridors, and carnivores.” The book is not only a praxis for the protection of the nature that modern folk know. It truly delves into the organic constituents of all this is natural and wild. The term wilderness in Old English means “self-willed land”, and wildeor is “self willed beast”. I consider it a tome because of the immensity of research, reflection, and scientific value it contains. Never have I been so profoundly affected by such an enlightened sharing of entelechy since I attained my copy of The Origin of the Species, or The Ancestor’s Tale. It is officially entitled Rewilding North America, and portrays in 3 main chapters the Good News, the Bad News, & Taking Action, each are subdivided into different ideas, ontological history of different time areas and the changes in nature that occurred, extinction crises, statistics of animal populations, ecological wounds, conservation efforts, and eco-friendly approaches for our evolving mankind.
Foreman is a true scholar, and doesn’t leave out the harmful disassociation that people have acquired for our surrounding landscapes in modern times. There is a general egregorical mindstate that has been adopted by the masses that says, I don’t need to do anything about the earth, because someone else will for me. This is not the case for everyone, but at the time of when this book was written, methinks it is possibly the turning around from the natural entropy we have been experiencing, and more persons are now realizing through art, music, writings, guilds, conservation projects, etc. that there is an inherit need as sentient beings to protect the sacred. We are human animals, what I will call faunic homosapiensis and we are the nature we are affecting so strongly. With tools, companies, governments and destructive wills, our landscapes and less evolved ancestors are suffering.
The first chapter entails a huge amount of insight into how exactly our kind has damaged nature since the neolithic times. It is a misconception that the downfall of wildness only began after the spread of native Europeans. With intimate clarity, and striking resemblance to the harsh practices going on in our generation, Foreman reiterates the wounds. It can be described as depressing, yet vital for self-knowledge of the earth we live on. Ranging from hunting and trapping to habitat fragmentation to logging and industry to ecological health diffusion to introduction of non-native species to pollution. Each one is methodically analyzed and poured out in a non-sympathetic way, with all good reason. This part is really about an awakening to how much our evolution has changed negatively. All of them relating, to a distancing from our primal skills, and instead relying on new technologies, greed, corporate gain, and increasing luxury or convenience. Through these, taking advantage of our minds and using them in extremely negative ways.
The second chapter follows on the blazed trails of several conservation groups, naturalist protectors, public protests, and the exegesis of how to actually preserve with what we have available to us. A respectable amount of stories and purposes of different groups reflects the positive changes that we have induced towards returning low human interaction areas and park lands to their pure state of sustainment, or at least as close as possible. It is as if each sentence in the book would have actually taken weeks or months of research to even state with any assurance at all, yet it portrays how the modern efforts of nature lovers are forcing the depletion of resources and exploitations to a grinding stop. Much is conversed on the biological trophic pyraminds found at the heart of any ecosystem. That is, the interaction of flora and fauna in the place and how one can damage the other if you alter its natural pattern. For instance the way that wolves keep the elk at stable populations in Yellowstone, the elk in turn keep grazing at a minimum and the willow plants continue to thrive. If wolf are removed, elk increase and the plants die. This mutual connection that species have with others is linked in the ways we choose to exploit for ourselves. Because of the quick moving minds, and stasis or ignorance of most persons, still there is not enough of how seemingly harmless actions can be when continued over and over. We tend to think only in short time spans, and nature shifts over several generations of life, and great epochs.
Helpful maps are presented to show where certain land types are located, how animals correlate to them, and how they are changing by us. A term he uses, `permeable landscapes`is one of the most important factors of biocoservation efforts right now, and is basically the use of linkages in migrations routes on lands that may have less than adequate habitation conditions for carnivores or even birds, aquatic animals and insects to thrive. By creating the adaptations in the landscape, it enables species to travel, disperse their genes, and survive when their previous patch of forest, ocean, desert, or riparian area has been exhausted.
Rewilding is closely related to sustainability, because it does not only entail focus on making things better temporarily, it is about keeping the health of those changes evident and refining them. The practices of rewilding is a lifestyle choice, and can be a vector towards alternative energies even for urbanized regions. To learn from nature, and script it back into the books of our existence.
There are some really impactful documentaries I have unearthed as well that you might want to check out at your own interest. All of these revolving around Rewilding, Wilderness Survival, Animism, & Biostudies that can be found online. See: Rewilding Predators, Human Planet, Survivorman, Land Of The Lost Wolves, Man Vs. Wild & If A Tree Falls.