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Folks, 
 
Two items: First, thanks to Michigan Nature Conservancy for correcting me on the loosestrife issue.  Rather then loosestrife, I should have used things like multiflora rose and autumn olive when discussing governmental actions that harm the environment via introduction of invasive species.  I would also point out that the herbivorous insect currently being tested to control loosestrife will be but one technique to control this destructive species.  It will surely take a mix of approaches to control this weed. 
 
Second: Here is an abstract from a paper written by a collegue of mine at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  It discusses the impact of industrialization in England.  The issues raised may be relevant to resource use in Michigan.
 
Best Wishes,
 
Dave Zaber
 
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Matthew Osborn, Ph.D.

Paper Title: The Rich get Richer and Nature be Damned: The Circumvention
of Natural Processes and the Redistribution of Wealth in the Fenlands of
England

Abstract: In the 17th century great drainage schemes were implemented in
the fenlands surrounding the Wash in east-central England. The purpose
of this drainage was to reclaim wetlands for agriculture and thus to
make these lands profitable for the Adventurers and land owners who
proposed, financed, and implemented these projects. There is little
debate about whether or not this occured: acreage under cultivation
increased and this area became one of the most important agricultural
 areas in England. However, drainage was portrayed as a public good that
would prevent disastrous floods, but in the end it was private gain, not
public good, which resulted. This paper will argue that in the process
of draining the fenlands natural processes were undercut, and the social
order that worked closely with the local ecology was destroyed. A fairly
large community that had endured for centuries and was allied closely
with the natural environment was replaced by one that sought to shape
nature according to the imperatives of a wider market economy, and
thereby to expropriate the wealth of nature for a narrow strata of
society. Also explored will be the ideological underpinnings of drainage
technology, and the unforseen consequences of this large scale drainage
project.
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Paper Abstract
American Society of Environmental History Biennial Meeting, April 14-18,
1999, Tucson, Arizona
 
 
dzaber@chorus.net