Friday, July 15, 2016

Biodiversity in Luzon

Physorg has an article on biodiversity in the Philippines.

"The Philippines is one of the most heavily deforested countries in the tropics; only about seven percent of the old-growth tropical forest is left. We learned that quite a few of the species are seriously threatened by habitat loss and over-hunting, but none are yet extinct."
Luzon has a human population of about 50 million, including about 23 million in greater Manila, the country's capital. "Protecting all of these species from extinction is going to be a big challenge. The good news is that when the native forest is allowed to regenerate, the native mammals move back in, and the pest rats get kicked out." 

Much of the deforestation is illegal logging... getting rid of corruption will help stop that problem, as will allowing the area to regrow forest again. The gov't is encouraging the reforestation projects.

did you know it is illegal to buy hardwood lumber, unless it is "old" i.e. recycled? Our gates are "recycled" hard wood lumber...

This is to discourage illegal logging. Alas, a lot of the illegal logging goes to other countries.

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