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Land Resources - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Since the very beginning of this country, land has been a valued commodity. We fought to secure the land in the Eastern U.S. as our own, independent from England. Then we worked diligently to secure the rest of the land that now makes up the United States of America. Over the years, the face of the land has changed. Cities have grown to take up more land, and the use of a lot of the land has gone from homesteading to farming, ranching, mining and other non-residential uses. Problems have come to light on how to best manage the land so that it is viable and usable for the future. In this chapter, the focus is on land resources and land management. We will take a look at topics that include:
- The difference in privately-owned and federally-owned land
- Sustainable forestry
- Uses for rangeland
- Concerns over national parks
- Wilderness preservation
- Views of the use of public land
|Land Ownership & Use in the US: Private vs. Federal||Learn about land ownership in the U.S.|
|What Is Sustainable Forest Management? - Definition and Examples||Examine sustainable forest management.|
|Deforestation: Definition, Causes & Consequences||Explore the concepts of deforestation, including causes and consequences.|
|Rangelands: Uses and Degradation||Discover what rangelands are and how they are used, along with desertification.|
|Protecting Private Rangelands: Conservation Easements||See how conservation easements protect rangelands.|
|National Parks in the US: Governing Agencies and Areas of Concern||Study the government agency that administers U.S. national parks.|
|What Is Wilderness? - Definition, Problems & Preservation||Find out about the goals of the National Wilderness Preservation System and the problems concerning wilderness areas.|
|Managing Federal Public Lands: Wise-Use vs. Environmental Movements||Take a look at the different views on the use of public lands.|
1. Land Ownership & Use in the US: Private vs. Federal
Land in the United States can be owned by the federal government or by private citizens. Learn more about federally-owned land and privately-owned land and how each type of land is used.
2. What Is Sustainable Forest Management? - Definition and Examples
Sustainable forest management ensures that forest resources are preserved to meet the needs of future generations. Learn about sustainable forest management and see examples of how it is put into practice.
3. Deforestation: Definition, Causes & Consequences
Deforestation is the clearing of trees without the intent of replacing them or reestablishing a stand of trees. Learn reasons for deforestation and discover the consequences of this process in all forests, including tropical forests.
4. Rangelands: Uses and Degradation
Rangeland covers much of the land area of the world. The lack of rainfall in these areas makes it useful land for grazing livestock and provides environmental benefits. Learn about the uses of rangeland and the potential for rangeland degradation.
5. Protecting Private Rangelands: Conservation Easements
Rangelands have many uses, such as acting as grazing land for livestock and recreational land for communities. Private rangeland owners can voluntarily enter into a legally binding conservation easement to limit the development of their land and preserve it for future generations.
6. National Parks in the US: Governing Agencies and Areas of Concern
The U.S. national parks are governed by the National Park Service, which is an agency within the Department of the Interior. Learn about the national parks of America and the current issues they face.
7. What Is Wilderness? - Definition, Problems & Preservation
The wilderness is the last untamed land found on earth. It remains undeveloped by man and serves as a refuge for wildlife. Learn about the wilderness, the law enacted to preserve it and the problems that wilderness areas face.
8. Managing Federal Public Lands: Wise-Use vs. Environmental Movements
Federal public lands are owned and administrated by the nation's government. Learn about the Environmental and Wise Use Movements and how their views differ on the management of federal public lands.
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