Environmental Conservation and Preservation: Definition, Differences & Advocates


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What term describes the practice of using natural resources in a manner that will meet the present day needs for the resource without jeopardizing the supply of the resource for future generations?

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1. What were John Muir and Gifford Pinchot's motivations to get involved in the land management issues?

2. Based on the conservationists view, which of the following is NOT the value of the environment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of environmental conservation and preservation. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include responsible natural resource use and how deforestation motivated the conservation and preservation movements.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The practice of using natural resources responsibly with a look to the future
  • What led both Muir and Pinchot to become involved in land management
  • The value of the environment, according to the conservationists view
  • The outcome preservationists wanted from the Hetch Hetchy Valley debate
  • The organization that John Muir founded and its function

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast conservation and preservation
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the goals of conservationists and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about debates over land management and use

Additional Learning

To learn more about approaches to protecting the environment, review the corresponding lesson on Environmental Conservation and Preservation. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Define what secondary growth forests are
  • Understand what clear-cutting is
  • Differentiate between conservation and preservation
  • Know what is meant by the intrinsic value of land
  • Explore the views of John Muir and Gifford Pinchot
  • Review the controversy over the Hetch Hetchy Valley