Once Yellow stone had a much more grand landscape, and the biodiversity was a sight that could take your very breath away. It is still very much breath taking, but as the wolves were hunted and entirely removed from Yellowstone's National forests and Parks, the land began to change. It began to cascade into ecological instability, it began to collapse in where the biodiversity eroded away along with the physical geography of the landscape. Rivers began to meander, fish populations plummeted, and the deer began to strip away the diversity of vegetation to the point of a barren wasteland. We by removing the wolves have caused an anthropic ecological cascading collapse. But then we did something, we reintroduced the wolves into the wilds of Yellowstone, hoping to just control the ever increasing deer population. Thus in doing so, we reversed the erosion of one of our most beautiful national treasures:
This is a Tropic Cascade, an effect in where the introduction of an apex species ends up balancing and reestablishing an entire Ecosystem. It follows the principle that an Ecosystem is a complex adaptive system to where system feedback operates as the control and establishes order. Nature is so more deeply interconnected than most imagine, more than I say we have imagined. I would even dare say beyond what I had imagined giving today is when I learned what a Tropic Cascade even means. This most surely surprised me, and equally so in learning how much of an impact apex predators have on ecosystem and biodiversity as a whole!..., as in literally an impact from the bottom of the food chain on up. Thus the introduction of Wolves in Yellowstone national park has caused what is a Tropic Cascade by controlling the deer population, and by opening up the ecosystem to a wider diversity of life to which in turn also meant changing the typography and physical geography of the landscape. This or course while at the same time stabilizing it as the bears, birds, beavers, and other wildlife had therefore began to comeback and thrive. The trees are furthermore making a comeback, and the rivers have almost seemingly ceased to meander as erosion comes to a grinding slow crawl..., all thanks to the wolves control as an apex predator that plays a most vital function within the ecosystem. Profound is a term I often use for such enlightening realizations, and perhaps a term often insufficient..
The lessons we learned is that we can have a dramatic impact on the health of the world we here call our home, and the very importance of needing to take better care of it..., not for just ourselves, but for those our children and future generations.. It is to ask if we want our child or children to grow up in a world to where they is yet still a natural wonder under the deep blue sky.., a place in where we ourselves had evolved.. If not, just imagine for a moment if we were to lose what is so preciously left.. , is it not our responsibility? I reach out to you for your help to preserve and save Yellowstone's National forests and parks, and if you should in so be willing and able, I provide you the following how to help options from Yellow Stone's Park Foundation:
* Note: I removed the donation credit card link in this abstract
Furthermore, and upon my own donation I learned something interesting when I received my receipt in my E-mail.. It appears that our employers may perhaps match my gift:
Thank you, and here's to hoping a Vine will plant and grow among us all :)