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A&E.A - yet another inquiry question response

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Lisa Berber (lberber)
Mon, 1 Dec 1997 15:35:33 -0700 (MST)

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"How are human designed spaces part of an ecological system?"

My first thought is that buildings, homes, parking lots, etc. appear to
be an intrusion to an ecological system. How many living things have been
destroyed by the structures? No matter how hard we try not to disrupt the
area, something always suffers. I guess our responsibility is to do the
most minimal amount of damage. Easier said than done with developers
eager to develop. Humans are in control and it is they who will decide
(or argue, complain, fight) what will be be done.

On second thought, I wondered if there are any human designed spaces that
are a benefit to an ecological system. Do parks fall into this catagory?
How about wildlife reserves? Would the ranger station in the middle of a
vast forest be part of the ecological system since it is there to protect
and control the area? I think so. Responses are welcome.

Lisa Berber
Univ. of AZ

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