The best thing about this Thunder Wilds is that the environmentalists have to love it because it is good for…… the environment! There are hundreds of ecological benefits that would restore millions of acres of ecologically sterile land into an ecologist’s and nature lovers’ paradise.
One of the environmental benefits would be the large-scale restoration of millions of acres of marginal and ecologically sterile grazing land and poor quality crop ground into high quality Pleistocene era short grass and tall grass prairies and arctic grassy steps and wetlands. This type of large-scale restoration would vastly increase the biomass of ground birds and waterfowl and mega fauna in general.
Another one would be transitioning ranch-land into a highly evolved, diverse, and resilient habitat type that tends to support much greater numbers of wildlife even in very poor environmental conditions such as drought. This ecosystem would resist invasive species and noxious weeds with little intervention of man. These habitats do not require inputs of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, and they absorb rain much more effectively and therefore control devastating floods and reduces soil erosion and nutrient run off which preserves water quality all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
The change from ranch-land and cropland into natural ecosystems would sequester vast amounts of carbon, which is very important with the global threats of climate change. Because Thunder Wilds is on a landscape scale, without dividing fences, mega fauna will learn to migrate to better pastures in areas that have received more rainfall. Therefore, not only is the habitat on any acre more resilient than that of working lands, the entire system is more resilient and would more efficiently produce biomass than traditional agriculture, without the need of crop insurance, the system is, in effect, self-insured.
Because the prairie landscape will be full of giant predators, the herbivores will bunch together for safety. The herds will always be like this, which will concentrate grazing briefly in some areas while leaving others to rest. This will create lush grasslands, regardless of drought. This is because the soil will be much more healthier with the improved grazing regimen and will therefore improve the soil’s ability to retain moisture. This will help fight desertification and transform unproductive and unnatural desert into productive land.
“EARTH A New Wild | Plains |.” PBS Video. PBS, n.d. Web. 01 Mar. 2015.