WHAT IS CONSERVATION?. Aldo Leopold developed the Land Ethic in the Sand County Almanac (1949.) He defined Conservation as “a state of harmony between men and land.”
Aldo Leopold developed the Land Ethic in the Sand County Almanac (1949.) He defined Conservation as “a state of harmony between men and land.”
Land stewardship starts with understanding that a Community includes not just humans, but also soils, waters, plants, and animals.
CONSERVATION means we should care for the forest and pass it on to the next generation intact, restored, and better.
As a natural ecosystem?
FORESTS ARE SPECIAL
… for living in
… special ingredients
… unique environment
… enhanced aesthetics
… land values
RESTORATION CAN BE
A future grassland?
A future forest?
IF THIS IS YOUR CHOICE
Add FOREST STEWARDSHIP
And you are into
LOW VEGETATION – GRASSES, SHRUBS
HIGH FOREST – STRUCTURAL STAGES DURING LIFETIME
SOILS IN BLACK FOREST HAVE A THIN “A” HORIZON, BUT DEEP TREE ROOTS
3. INVENTORY YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD (as above)
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-- Landscape uniformity, lack of diversity
-- Susceptibility to erosion, loss of soil, leading to unhealthy vegetation and landscapes
-- Destroyed meadows/ wetlands/ biodiversity
-- Churned up natural vegetation
-- Destroyed underground biomass and structure
-- Loss of above ground structure and wildlife habitat
-- Easy noxious weed invasion
-- Use of non-native grass seed/ invasive vegetation
-- Earthmoving and seeding issues
THE BURN MOSAIC includes roads, house sites, wetlands, black, green, and scorched trees.
A landscape neighborhood conservation plan can show potential for
-- DEAD TREE GROUPS (see black)
--GREEN TREES (blue)
-- SCORCHED TREES (yellow)
-- CORRIDORS AND EDGES – Tie together
PLAN YOUR PROJECT BEFORE HIRING CONTRACTOR
-- HAVE DETAILED DESIGN AND SPECIFICATIONS.
Be ready to DISCUSS YOUR BUDGET LIMITS.
-- Possibly hire a forest project contract manager.
-- This could be an experienced professional forester.
May lead to non-conservation results and less variety:
-- fast-fix grassland conversion (no forest)
-- too clean, based on “quality” standards,
-- landowner or contractor expecting “perfect” job
Solution A: Study, plan, mark, and layout the project, define what to be cut/ treated, slash treatments, erosion methods, and specifications with map, and get 3 bids for the project.
Solution B: Pay a rate per tree by tree size, limited project.
Solution C: Pay by the hour for labor and equipment use, using a trusted contractor.