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Below is a sample breakdown of the Land Use chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Land ownership and uses in the U.S.||Distinguishing between federally-owned and privately-owned land|
|Tuesday||Definition of sustainable forest management, deforestation, uses, degradation and protection of rangelands||Examples of sustainable management, causes and effects of deforestation, rangeland's uses and vegetation, conservation easements|
|Wednesday||U.S. national parks, wilderness areas, management of federal public lands||Governing and maintenance of national parks, wilderness areas and public lands|
|Thursday||Urban and suburban land management||How development, including transportation methods, can harm the environment|
|Friday||Land conservation||Ways to protect and restore ecosystems|
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.
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.
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.
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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