What Shall We Conserve?

Hillary Rosner, writing for Ensia:

For years, conservation has centered on species: the gray wolf, the spotted owl, the Devils Hole pupfish. We go about protecting ecosystems by first protecting the singular species that live there. So what happens when that “singular” species turns out to be two or six or 10 genetically distinct types of organisms, each with its own singular role in the environment?

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