On 30 Sep 2002 at 14:41, Erika Meyer posted a message which said: > "The man chosen to head the Bush administration's wildfire prevention > program doubts the existence of ecosystems and says it would not be a > crisis if the nation's threatened and endangered species became > extinct." Fitzsimmons says ecosystems exist only in the human imagination and cannot be delineated. I have to agree with that - there is *one* ecosystem. I also agree with him that it would be a disconcerting loss, rather than a crisis. A sudden change? A turning point? What suddenly changed when the passenger pigeon became extinct? The buffalo was considered extinct when I was young, and then they found out that it wasn't. Was that *two* crises, one undoing the other? I think the biggest problem here is not wildfire but illiteracy. deke -- Do gravediggers qualify for "cost of living" raises?