Environmentalism Is Not Conservation

What Would Mother Nature Say To Those Who Mistake Environmentalism For Conservation

New Jersey Outdoor Alliance
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance

New Jersey – -(AmmoLand.com)- Conservation is the sustainable use of our natural resources. All living things rely on the ecology for survival – including humankind. Conservation is a practice that acknowledges this reliance by making certain that natural resources prosper.

The most notable conservationist is Mother Nature. She practices sustainable use by striving for balance between flora and fauna – a perpetual process of attempting to steady supply and demand.

There is a brand of environmentalism, it seems, that is the activity of trying to protect the environment for its own sake – saving numbers of fish for the sake of saving fish or saving numbers of wildlife for the sake of saving wildlife. It is a philosophy that ignores the principle that living things rely on the ecology and behaves as if it humankind and ecology are distinctly separate.

This brand of environmentalism ignores the history of evolution and Mother Nature’s use of conservation to shape it.

HSUS, PETA, NJ Sierra and other organizations, to varying degrees practice a misguided brand of environmentalism. However, their erroneous philosophies are used as the basis for shaping environmental policy. Plus, their sphere of influence grows as they gain greater access to policy making positions and elect similar minded legislators to public office.

Below are two examples of this ignorance:

In the first, HSUS tries to vilify shark tournaments while ignoring that sharks are managed by the federal government and also consumed by the angler (steadiness of supply and demand or “conservation” of the resource.)

In the second, the Asbury Park Press displays an ignorance of the precepts of conservation by supporting the selection of those with misguided environmental backgrounds to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Fishery Management Council.

I wonder what Mother Nature would say to HSUS and the Asbury Park Press?

Get involved. Join the NJOA. Help to stop the progress of ignorance. Return the precepts of conservation and the integrity of Mother Nature to their rightful spots.


Anthony P. Mauro, Sr
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance: “We’ve got your back!”

NJOA – New Jersey Outdoor Alliance is the state’s first major political action committee devoted to the task of electing outdoor-minded candidates to public office.
NJOA has formed with the support of leaders of major pro-hunting, pro-angling, and pro-trapping organizations. We are not a hunting, fishing, or trapping “club” or “group,” and do not compete with the interests of such organizations. NJOA helps to ensure that strong wildlife and natural resource protection laws are produced by outdoor-minded elected officials. The best way to ensure a “conservation presence” in Trenton is to support the election campaigns of representatives who understand the relationship between a balanced ecology and hunting, fishing, and trapping.

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AAHH.. Drake my young grass hopper: You fail to see that what this articles does is exactly what you are encouraging others to do. This article is a direct lobbying effort by educted individuals that, although they may not hold an elected position, are clearly targeting the MARFC by pointing out the clear and scientific differences between those individuals that managed the fishery from a purely scientific based approach and the newly appointed parties that are clearly on the side of managing our resources with emotion based decision making. Which we all know in our hearts is the wrong approach… Read more »


Mother Nature is not an entity, striving for stability or sustainability. Mother Nature, if we must adopt an anthropogenic view, is a set a rules that permeates all life. Mother Nature won't operate to conserve a species that may be threatened or in danger. Quite the opposite. If there is a perturbation of the system, Mother Nature is in fact the force that often snubs the underdog out of existence. Conservation, sustainability, environmentalism, et. al takes many forms…this is nothing new. The writings of Muir (wilderness rules), Leopold (sustainability), and Pinchot (utilitarianism) can be seen as a decent outline for… Read more »