Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A Trans-Canada Wilderness Network by Louis Evan Palmer

Islands can be a stifling environment as prone to developing vulnerable and overly specialized creatures as beautiful and unique ones. Islands often suffer from a deficit of resources and the stultifying effect of too little space. We have created islands for our wildlife which are as limiting and ultimately dangerous to them as any pollution or over-trapping or over-hunting.

Our big predators in particular need large tracts of land upon which to roam. The loss or diminishment of the big predators leads to an over-population of their prey which generally stresses the habitat and other species. A wilderness network would also allow all species and population groups to move around and intermingle.

Let's press our government to create a Trans-Canada Wilderness Network for our wildlife. This can be laid down quickly in the less populated northern areas where existing parks can be joined to form large wilderness networks. We need to make the Wilderness Network a land, water & airway for all our creatures. This would lead us to banning lights, motorized vehicles, development, even people in most cases.

This would eventually join up with a southern Wilderness version of the Trans-Canada Trail - perhaps a Wilderness Network that would parallel the Trail in the south with linkages to the northern Wilderness Network.

For the southern component, we can develop cheap, fast, environmentally sound ways of going under and over roads to join every kind of urban and suburban greenspace so our wild friends can move about in safety and have a healthier, better life. This can be for both the Wilderness Network and the Trail.

This is an effort worth doing. Our wildlife deserves a better habitat than we are currently providing. We have to give them back more of what they had before we came. What they need. What they were given by a greater power than ourselves.

The Trans-Canada Wilderness Network, The Way It Can Be, http://twicb.blogspot.com, Louis Evan Palmer
Copyright 2007 Louis Evan Palmer lives in Ontario Canada. His short stories have been published in numerous publications.


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