Everything that is nature is expensable to us. *Just the fact it says it is "protected" does not mean it is really protected. The Brazilian Rain Forest is being chopped down, in the Yellow Stone National Forest they are allowing 4-wheelers (I am not sure about drilling for oil), G. Bush is trying to reduce the size of trees for cutting, oil is being drilled out in the ocean, and swamps are being drained. *Bottom line if there is something that we want or need in a protected area we will find a way to get to it. How much longer are we going to have protected areas around the world. How long is it until humans make a footprint on it - Not to long (a hundred years is not a long time). It reminds me of this bumper sticker that I bought couple years back that says "We are cutting down trees to make room for you fat @$$" it was for my sister. Which I think is true maybe not the fat part but you understand the point. Until someone proves to me that protected means protected, I will not believe it.
I think it is sad to hear and see this going on. I just do not think things are protected. The only reason we protect is because we are distroying everything around it. Once *you make make a road you change the enviroment around it. *You start destoying life around the road. Most of the time the old growth will die off and new growth will replace it.
Finally, I do not think everything is doom and gloom but it is just sad to think about. Then to also hear it on the news, read about it on the forums, and just watch it happen. The only thing is Nature always wins in the end, period. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]