Sustained forests; sustained profits
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The activities, similar to the other enterprises associated with Nature Folks, include:
The coyote can be a powerful resource of the region and major contributions can be made by it to the resource base of Lasting Forests. The Lasting Forest concept includes that of net benefits and the coyote represents potential losses in the deer populations, and several other system components. The losses are present among deer, game and avian resources, and livestock. Seeing and hearing coyotes is part of the outdoor experience. They can reach unregulated, high numbers and therewith impinge upon other resources.
This enterprise will take night-time truck and bus tours for guests into the wilds. They will hear and experience the coyotes and foxes. Binoculars, telescopes, and night-vision equipment will augment the views. Entertainment and education will typically cap off an exciting evening especially designed for tour groups. Memberships will be arranged; research encouraged; and potentially major advances made in ecosystem principles by a concentration on this top predator. Occasional conferences will be held. Visits will be coordinated with other Lasting Forests events.
Resolving the role of the coyote is unlikely. It now spreads into the East, opening new opportunities for Coyote chapters around the U.S. It will be a major topic of the Pest Force, and a future Goatherd (being studied). It will relate to the food management of owls, of interest to those people in the Owls Group.
(Potential grant: Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund(SDCBF). additional information and instructions, a list of last year's winners (including project titles), go to http://www.rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org and click on the Conservation tab at the top of the page. Awards are made each year, in September; proposals for this year's award are due May 31, 2002. )
Estimated Annual Income 1000 members and tours... $90,000
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