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Re: [Aroid-l] Philodendron spiritus-sancti and Brazilian Conservation

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Philodendron spiritus-sancti and Brazilian Conservation
  • From: brian lee <lbmkjm@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2007 21:10:57 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Steve,

Aloha...you know how I feel....I do hope that
something can be worked out.



--- Steve Lucas Exotic Rainforest
<steve@exoticrainforest.com> wrote:

> I received the full article from Ted.  THIS IS WORTH
> Steve Lucas
> www.ExoticRainforest.com
>   ----- Original Message ----- 
>   From: ted.held@us.henkel.com 
>   To: Discussion of aroids 
>   Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2007 7:34 AM
>   Subject: [Aroid-l] Philodendron spiritus-sancti
> and Brazilian Conservation
>   Well, it appears my attempt to submit this with
> the attachment did not work. So if anyone would like
> to read the described article, they will have to
> contact me off-list: 
>   ted.held@us.henkel.com 
>   This posting refers to an article from Science
> magazine. It is 0.5 MEGs as an Acrobat file. The
> article appeared in the 23 February 2007 edition and
> describes some efforts by the government of Brazil
> to reforest sections of the Atlantic rainforest. It
> looks like they anticipate eventual money needs on
> the order of $2 billion US. But the article meshes
> with the discussions here on conserving habitat and
> plants of P. spiritus-sancti on a private reserve
> and the idea of using revenues from plant sales to
> assist. 
>   It looks like the plan described in the article
> may include such a plant sale both as part of the
> funding and as part of the economic trade-off for
> taking farmer land away from normal crops. If this
> is true it means that the Brazilian government may
> be amenable to the idea of tapping into the interest
> of plant enthusiasts for specimens to further a
> cause which they both seem to share. 
>   In any event, the ideas discussed in the article
> are interesting to me because they hint at the
> complexity of the restoration effort. Those of us
> that live in the species-impoverished northern
> latitudes need to be reminded about how many species
> are represented in a tropical rainforest and how
> many are probably needed to keep it going. And the
> article discusses some efforts that have failed
> since restoration is not just a matter of hiring a
> couple of college students to plant a few thousand
> saplings. The other reason I submit this is because
> it is a glimpse of optimism, refreshing to a person
> like me who is fatigued by endless apocalyptic
> jeremiads with which our news is filled. Fingers
> crossed. 
>   At the same time it is obvious that there is a
> possible contradiction here with the proposed
> expansion of ethanol production from Brazil. One of
> the target restoration areas happens to be prime
> sugarcane cropland. 
>   OK, enough windiness. Commentaries aside, this
> does relate to aroids and their conservation. 
>   Ted
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