If you keep up with our blogs and all things CANA related then you know we recently made a list of ten endangered animals. This week we will be making a list of ten endangered lands. We here at CANA represent rewilding and we believe that process starts with appreciating and respecting our wild animals, other human beings and our habitats.
- The first land we’d like to highlight is our national monuments. During the Obama administration, our President designated the Bears Ears Monument in Utah and the Gold Butte Monument in Nevada under the 1906 Antiquities Act. This protected the land from oil drilling and gas companies that had an eye on this land for some time. But, under the Trump administration, many of our protected lands are now under threat. In fact, on April 24th, 2017 Orin Hatch said on his Facebook page that he had pulled every favor and utilized every relationship that he had to ensure the reversal of the Antiquities Act. And, he didn’t stop there. According to the Executive order signed by President Trump on April 26, 2017 all national monuments instated in the past 21 years are subject for review. For those of you not familiar with our National Monuments here are a few: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Basin and Range National Monument, Bears Ears National Monument, and many more.
- Second on our list are our Native Reservations, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) controls land leases on native reservations and is strong-arming native communities to lease the land for cattle grazing. These tribe and community members don’t have access to control their own land. The Dakota Access Pipeline is a perfect example of our government exploiting Native land. This oil pipeline was being built through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation without the permission or consent of the residents.
- Federal Land takes the third spot on our list. Our National Parks, National Forests, and National Monuments are all Federal Lands. They are not privately or corporately owned and as citizens we have access to most of these places. It is imperative that we speak out and raise our voices to prevent our land from being exploited for mining, oil and gas drilling. What people fail to realize is that other than destroying the ecosystem with drilling and mining; these federal lands are rich in history and culture. We aren’t just protecting the land and the plants and animals on it; we are protecting our history, traditions, and culture.
Antarctica takes the fourth spot on our list. It is not a habitat vast in bio diversity or natural resources, but its icecap does hold 90 percent of our planet’s fresh water. Due to rising temperatures on the continent, Antarctica is experiencing rapid ice melt. If this massive ice cap were to melt, the ocean could rise over 200 feet, flooding island nations worldwide.
- Fifth on our list is the Amazon Rainforest. Over 17 percent of the Amazon’s cover has been lost in the last 50 years due to deforestation. The Amazon is vast in its species, and if it continues to be destroyed we will lose a large population of animals and plants.
- The Mediterranean Sea is home to over 22,500 plant species, half of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The Mediterranean is heavily threatened by habitat degradation as a result of ship traffic, human activity, water pollution, and the development of coastal areas. This is why the Mediterranean Sea is 6th on our list.
- The Himalayas take the seventh spot on our list. The Himalayas are home to Mount Everest, and many of the world’s highest mountain peaks. These mountains are inhabited by many exotic species. The Himalayas are threatened by deforestation, animal poaching, and rapid melting ice across the mountain tops.
- At our 8th spot we’ve got the Tropical Andes. The Tropical Andes are a hot spot for timber extraction, mining, oil exploration and narcotics plantations. It spans from Venezuela to Argentina. It is estimated that only 25 percent of the areas original vegetation still exist due to deforestation, and urban city expansions.
- The Coral Triangle in Southeast Asia is 9th on our list. Due to fishing being a main source of income in the area, reefs are over-exploited and are exposed to blast and poison fishing and other damaging techniques.
- Rounding out our list is the Borneo Rainforest. It is home to over 15,000 different species of plants as well as a number of exotic animal species. The clouded leopard and sun bear are just two of the rare animals found in the Borneo Rain Forest. Due to illegal logging, forest fires, and the introduction of palm oil plantations the rainforest lost more than 1.2 million hectares of rainforest per year between 1997 and 2000.
About CANA Foundation
CANA Foundation’s mission is to responsibly restore an ecological balance in our environment through specific rewilding initiatives. These projects support harmony between the humans, plants, and animals that inhabit U.S. rangelands and focus on the restoration of our land’s native habitats through natural resources and indigenous species, like America’s wild horses. CANA initiatives work towards long-term, sustainable solutions that prevent further land degradation, protect and preserve wild horse populations, and encourage a beneficial, thriving ecosystem for today and tomorrow.
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