[leps-talk] RE: Fwd: Monarch saviors

Jim Taylor drivingiron at worldnet.att.net
Mon Mar 8 09:39:10 EST 2004

Amen, Alex. The Sierra Club and I parted company 20-odd years ago.

Jim Taylor
----- Original Message -----
From: "Grkovich, Alex" <agrkovich at tmpeng.com>
To: <monarch at saber.net>; <leps-l at lists.yale.edu>
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Sent: Monday, March 08, 2004 9:16 AM
Subject: [leps-talk] RE: Fwd: Monarch saviors

The Sierra Club is just another example of the "radical environmentalist"
movement that threatens the freedom of citizens in this country. One wonders
just WHO is secretly lurking behind such organizations, probably even
unbeknown to many of the honest folks who lead these groups. Certainly
conservation has to be at the forefront of the minds of all of us, and
certainly IS there...But...the messages that are conveyed in their bulletins
in which they advertise for new members (I just received one and it is now
in the trash) are misleading and are plainly not truthful in all regards.

For example, hearings are on-going in terms of revising the (dangerously
flawed) Endangered Species Act...The message here in the advertisement is :
"Save all of this threatened wildlife..." which is of course the goal of all
of us...What is NOT conveyed is the other side of the coin...Here is an

About two weeks ago I read in the Boston Globe an article (in Section 1)
about a man is eastern Mass. who is currently (I believe that I do not
understand this incorrectly, but I disavow any responsibility in this matter
if I am in error...) being prosecuted for killing a Red Tailed Hawk (an
"Endangered Species") which was threatening (killing) his livestock...Well,
first, isn't the MAN'S interest and livelihood and FREEDOM on his own
property, first and foremost (..."...for the Common Welfare..." as was
written in the Declaration of Independence of our Republic) above that of an
animal? And Red Tailed Hawks are now abundant in eastern Massachusetts, we
have a colony of them in the conservation area behind our own property...I
actually saw one near downtown Boston yesterday...So why on earth are they

We need to write to Congress (Representatives Pombo, Walden and Cardoza)
about the shortcomings of this dangerously flawed Act.

And no more money for the "Sierra Club"...


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Cherubini [SMTP:monarch at saber.net]
> Sent: Sunday, March 07, 2004 8:18 PM
> To: leps-l at lists.yale.edu
> Subject: Re: Fwd: Monarch saviors
> Richard Worth wrote:
> >
> > FYI.  Some good news
> > Butterfly Bodyguards
> > illegal logging has put the monarch's survival at risk.
> > To its rescue has come a Mexican butterfly patrol, including
> > 500 police as well as environmental inspectors and helicopters.
> > So far, the effort has netted 28 illegal loggers and nearly 5,000
> > cubic yards of ill-gotten wood.
> This Sierra Magazine article failed to inform the reader that
> the harvested trees in this case were growing way below the
> altitude where the monarchs cluster.  Therefore the "5,000
> cubic yards of ill-gotten wood" did not actually represent any monarch
> cluster habitat that was lost.  It follows that even if more of this
> "illegal" type harvesting should occur in the future, it will not pose a
> threat to the monarch. Thus the butterfly patrol people aren't really
> "rescuing" the monarch.
> You see a few years ago, American monarch biologists arbitrarily
> enlarged the Monarch Reserve boundaries way beyond and below
> the altitude where the monarchs cluster.  Understandably, some of
> the local people are angry about being deprived of access to
> large areas of forest which the butterflies don't actually need or
> use.
> Here is another actual case history of some illegal (apparently)
> logging within the Chincua Monarch Reserve a few years ago
> and my explanation as to why is it does not pose a threat to the
> monarch: http://www.saber.net/~monarch/chincualog.jpg
> Paul Cherubini
> El Dorado, Calif.
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