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Ch 16: Forestry, Rangelands & Other Land Use

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Watch land use video lessons and learn about wilderness management, urban sprawl and more. These easy-to-follow lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Forestry, Rangelands & Other Land Use - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Watch the video lessons in this chapter to explore topics that range from the varying uses of private and public land to the impact of urban development and infrastructure on the environment. Subjects in between cover the consequences of deforestation and overgrazing as well as the benefits of conservation easements and selective logging. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Identify methods for sustainable forest management
  • Describe challenges to wilderness and rangeland preservation
  • Explain the roles of the National Park Service
  • Outline sustainable land development and conservation options

Video Objective
Land Ownership & Use in the U.S.: Private vs. Federal Describes the differences between private- and federally-owned land and outlines their uses.
What Is Sustainable Forest Management? - Definition and Examples Touches on the benefits of selective logging and other sustainable forest management practices.
Deforestation: Definition, Causes & Consequences Explains why deforestation increases erosion and greenhouse gas emissions disrupts the water cycle and results in less biodiversity.
Rangelands: Uses and Degradation Lists rangelands' uses as a watershed, recreation area and grazing land before illustrating how overuse, urban development and invasive species degrade this ecosystem.
Protecting Private Rangelands: Conservation Easements Explains how easement agreements between a land owner and land trust or agency preserve a property's resources and protect wildlife habitats.
National Parks in the U.S.: Governing Agencies and Areas of Concern Discusses the National Park Service's struggle to find funding, combat overcrowding and mitigate the impact of pollution and invasive species introduced by surrounding development.
What Is Wilderness? - Definition, Problems & Preservation Shows how wildernesses protect wildlife and ensure areas for scientific study and recreation before elaborating on the vulnerability of these areas to pollution and a growing human population.
Managing Federal Public Lands: Wise-Use vs. Environmental Movements Explores viewpoints favoring government regulation of public lands and those promoting the rights of private property owners to responsibly mange their land.
Urban Land Development Outlines the environmental impacts of planned developments and suburban sprawl as well as sustainable urbanization practices.
Transportation Infrastructure Examines the effects of federal highways, canals and other civil engineering projects on the ecosystem.
Land Conservation Options Surveys strategies for mitigating environmental damage to land as well as preservation and restoration techniques.

11 Lessons in Chapter 16: Forestry, Rangelands & Other Land Use
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Land Ownership & Use in the US: Private vs. Federal

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.

What Is Sustainable Forest Management? - Definition and Examples

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.

Deforestation: Definition, Causes & Consequences

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.

Rangelands: Uses and Degradation

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.

Protecting Private Rangelands: Conservation Easements

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.

National Parks in the US: Governing Agencies and Areas of Concern

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.

What Is Wilderness? - Definition, Problems & Preservation

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.

Managing Federal Public Lands: Wise-Use vs. Environmental Movements

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.

Urban Land Development and Suburban Sprawl: Environmental Consequences

9. Urban Land Development and Suburban Sprawl: Environmental Consequences

In the past, most people lived in rural areas. There has been a shift in recent years towards urban and suburban living. Not only has this shift changed where more people reside, it has also had many environmental consequences.

From Highways to Canals: How Transportation Infrastructure Affects Ecosystems

10. From Highways to Canals: How Transportation Infrastructure Affects Ecosystems

What type of transportation do you use to get around? We use a variety of methods of transportation that all require some form of infrastructure. In this lesson, we will discuss how transportation infrastructure affects the ecosystems.

Land Conservation: Preserving and Restoring Ecosystems

11. Land Conservation: Preserving and Restoring Ecosystems

Humans have degraded a large portion of natural land. The field of land conservation has become popular as a way to fix this problem. Land conservation attempts to combat land degradation through preservation, restoration, remediation, and mitigation.

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