bobpbx said:Whoops. Better clarify that for me Russ. By "you", are you saying "you who own" a piece of land that doesn't have significant natural resource? The reason I ask is, I don't consider a leatherleaf bog (especially a semi-dry one) a significant natural resource. But if its on state property, I don't like to see some yahoo tearing it up. I might want to gaze at it some day. Its all of ours to enjoy.
I understand that we can debate what constitutes a significant natural resource. In the context of private property--again, this is not the primary issue--I would say that if someone is destroying a leatherleaf bog on his own private property, he is degrading a wetland, which is a significant natural resource. Even if it is semi-dry, the presence of that plant makes the area a wetland by definition. So PPA would be opposed to that and would probably ask the owner to to restore the wetland and may even ask authorities to investigate the matter. If the leatherleaf bog is on public property, then the case is open and shut. It's illegal to destroy public property.