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  •  Apparently, forty years of oyster farming (6+ / 0-)

    has not ruined the environment.

    Having just bought an oyster creek, I have learned so far that oysters need a substrate of rock or shell to attach to but that they mature in three years and, if they are not harvested, the beds eventually get so high they are no longer immersed in the tidal waters and die off. When humans aren't harvesting them, it's raccoons and other similar creatures that consome the excess. But, human settlements aren't kind to raccoons either and capture them as if they were vermin.

    Much of the environmental set-aside movement was prompted by people who wanted to secure their exclusive use of an area AND get a tax write off by donating the adjacent land as a "wilderness" preserve. Here on the coast of Georgia we have a whole island, Cumberland, nearly the size of Manhattan, which can be visited by about 30 ordinary citizens a day, while the owners of an exclusive resort, where Kennedys get married, bring in their guests by private motor launch.

    Environmental preservation is a boondoggle, a route by which private enterprise sets up a monopoly situation (franchise operations in the national parks) which makes it possible for ordinary folk to pay twice for the privilege of setting foot on the land now and then. Stinting the National Park Service of operating income makes it possible to argue that the facilities have to be privatized with leases to cronies. There are time limits in leases to make it possible to assess whether the terms have been met and the operation has been on the whole beneficial. Wilderness has to be managed, if we are to maintain biological diversity. it's a give and take relationship. The problem with humans is that some only exploit and give nothing back. On the Georgia Coast, oysters shells are being collected, so the creeks can be re-seeded with substrate and encourage the oysters to come back.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 04:53:55 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you for reading hannah. (5+ / 0-)

      I have to say you expressed my point well with this:

      Here on the coast of Georgia we have a whole island, Cumberland, nearly the size of Manhattan, which can be visited by about 30 ordinary citizens a day, while the owners of an exclusive resort, where Kennedys get married, bring in their guests by private motor launch.
      That is what can happen when public lands are turned over to private enterprise. The public may no longer have access to their own lands.

      The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

      by maggiejean on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 07:48:39 AM PDT

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      •  Point Reyes has a good plan (7+ / 0-)

        That allows some of the farmers to stay, the little towns to stay, and eliminating as much human development as possible with as little harm to people as possible. This guy KNEW he was set to leave, but now he is crying.

        I am 100% AGAINST making public national parks into some profit making schemes for a few.

        I think the idea that only a few can access land is wrong. And since I just spent a day recently in Point Reyes National Seashore, and can say no one charged me a penny, nor was I unable to go where I wished.

        Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. - Dalai Lama

        by kimoconnor on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 09:16:00 AM PDT

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    •  Not true (4+ / 0-)
      Apparently, forty years of oyster farming has not ruined the environment.
       It may not have completely "ruined" it, but the company  has polluted it (not seen in the picture in diary) by illegally using motorboats and leaving plastic tubing floating in the estero.  And the operations are spreading invasive species.
        Lunny bought the oyster farm  from the original owners.  He knew when he bought the farm that the lease would soon be ending.  Now he's crying about it as if it was a sudden surprise and the NPS is the "foreclosing" on him.  That's BS!
       

      My Karma just ran over your Dogma

      by FoundingFatherDAR on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 12:52:04 PM PDT

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