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Manufacturing the Balance of Nature


Despite the easy familiarity of the term, the "balance of nature" simply does not exist. At least not the utopian flat line balance that most of us think of when pondering the miracles of ecosystems, where predators regulate their own populations and take just the sick and weak animals of their prey species. The only balance of nature that currently exists in North America is a fragile human construction, and it is one that must be constantly monitored and managed to ensure it persists in the face of ever-increasing human impacts. …