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The Relationship Between Land and the Environment - Chapter Summary
There are many elements to understanding our environment, especially with the use, protection, and maintenance of land. The lessons in this chapter analyze the different categories of land, their uses, and the relationship between these lands and the environment at large. Our study materials are easy to use, because of the way they are organized.
The chapter menu shows you every lesson title available, and you can see related chapters that may be of interest to you. Each lesson focuses on a single main topic, so if you only want to review a few areas, you will know exactly where you need to go for that information. Of course, since our lessons are so short and hyper-focused, you can make your way through the chapter in practically no time at all. After completing this chapter, you will be able to:
- Present examples and a description of sustainable forest management
- Name causes of deforestation and the consequences
- Explain degradation and how rangelands are used
- Describe conservation efforts for protecting private rangelands
- List agencies that govern the use of U.S. national parks
- Define wilderness and cite problems with preservation
- Understand federal public lands management concerns and environmental movements
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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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- The Evolution of Ecosystems
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- Effects of Population Growth on the Environment
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- Solid and Hazardous Waste
- Human Impact on the Environment
- Renewable Resources and the Environment
- Nonrenewable Resources
- Environmental Sustainability
- Analyzing Environmental Risks
- Impact of Environmental Policy
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