Donations in this area fund efforts to acquire and maintain land preservations that otherwise might be subject to development,
abuse, or other irreparable damage. This in itself helps many species exist and thrive. Much of these precious land areas,
some still undisturbed by man, are targets of large profit seeking interests. This even includes our National Forests which
have been subject to increased logging at the expense of taxpayers. Only through continued financial support can these scarce
natural habitats be preserved for the enjoyment of animals, plants and future generations.
This fund also sponsors
specific projects that benefit endangered plant and animal life as well as humans ourselves. The world's natural biotic diversity
is crucial for the proper functioning of the ecological system upon which all life depends. Pollution not only has immediate
detrimental effects in the habitats where it exists but many contaminants work their way up the food chain and cause harm
to higher life forms. A prime example of this is the threat that accumulated toxins found in fish, and elsewhere, pose to
humans and other species. Such toxins have been linked to lowered reproductive abilities, birth defects, increased incidence
of cancer as well as neurological disorders. *
There have been many successes in restoring endangered species and
habitats through directed human intervention. It is unfortunate, however, that much still needs to be done. Many of these
truly worthy efforts are underfunded, devalued by profiteers, and often threatened of their own extinction. Increased awareness,
preventative measures, and continued support in this area are vital to the preservation of Earth's delicate life-giving system.
* If you are concerned about eating fish caught in your area, please contact your local health department or EPF.