TITLE

Species Protection vs. Resource Extraction

PUB. DATE
July 1999
SOURCE
Guide to California Freshwater Fishes;1999, p23
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses the vital interests of humans to the preservation of biological species, be they plant or animal. Each species possesses unique genetic material evolved over thousands of years. Once destroyed, this one-of-a-kind source of information cannot be copied or retrieved. No matter how unimportant a species might seem, even an inconsequential snail darter, desert pupfish or lowly fungus could be of incomparable value to humans. Wild species also contain potential solutions to critical agricultural problems. One symbolic target of critics of the Endangered Species Act in California has been the spotted owl. The issues here reveal how the demise of a single species has broad implications. Just as the spotted owl serves as an indicator species for the health of old growth forests, fish species such as steelhead, coho salmon and native trout dependent upon clean, cold waterways for survival are excellent indicator species for the health of waterways.
ACCESSION #
18921314

 

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