Navigating the site:
Hope and faith in the necessity of preseving natural conditions..."part of the national heritage."
"…This matter an unprecedented urgency." (1988)
"Climb into the tangle of fallen vegetation, tear away pieces of rotting bark, roll over logs, and you will see these creatures teeming everywhere. As the pioneer vegetation grows denser, the deepening shade and the higher humidity again favor old forest species, and their saplings sprout and grow. Within a hundred years the gap specialists will be phased out by competition for light, and the tall storied forest will close completely over."
"Human demographic success has brought the world to this crisis of biodiversity.... Our species appropriates between 20 and 40 percent of the solar energy captured in organic material by land plants. There is no way we can draw upon the resources of the planet to such a degree without drastically reducing the state of most other species."
"In the next thirty years, the world would lose not only half its forest cover but nearly half of the forest species.
"Thus, remarkably, we do not know the true number of species on earth, even to the nearest order of magnitude. My own guess, based on the described flora and fauna and many discussions with entomologists and other specialists is that the abasolute number falls between 5 and 30 million."
"Rain forests" are key habitats to protect biological diversity, as are coral reefs and the soil of forests and ocean floors.
"Expansion and stewardship may appear at first to be conflicting goals, but the opposite is true. The depth of the conservation ethic will be measured by the extent to which each ofthe approaches to nature is used to reshape and reinforce the other. The paradox can be resolved by changing its premise forms more suited to ultimate survival, including the protection of the human spirit."
"Surinam, serene, a living treasure awaiting assay."
Biodiversity. Washington, D. C.: National Academy Press, 1988