I was just watching a story on the news about students at a local college (UNCW) protesting the destruction of 15 acres of longleaf pine forest to build new dorms.
It got me thinking, if there is only 1/2 to 1% of wetland habitat left, why is it not listed as endangered?
Before a plant or animal becomes extinct, it is listed and protected by the government. Why not do the same for a habitat? Most of the plants and animals that are listed are on the list because of habitat destruction. Without the habitat, those listed plants and animals are doomed anyway. It seems to me that we are treating the symptoms and not the disease.
Instead of protecting the red cockaded woodpecker which depends on the longleaf pine tree for survival, why not protect the longleaf ecosystem.
Protecting single animal and not the habitat is the same as taking morphine to stop the pain of a heatattack.
I have no idea how to go about getting an idea like this passed as law. Does anybody know?