Simberloff Comments on Forest-Species Study in New York Times

The New York Times featured a study that suggests stitching together forests can help save multiple species.

The publication interviewed Daniel Simberloff, an ecologist at UT, who cautioned that the research relied heavily on debatable modeling assumptions. Although Simberloff was not involved with the study, he still believed that threatened species have declined over many decades and it is difficult to assess the full benefits of corridors directly.

Simberloff argued that overhyping the benefits of corridors may mislead people into thinking “we can make a meaningful contribution to conservation on the cheap,” when larger-scale efforts to protect and rebuild forests may ultimately prove necessary to save their native species.

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