Chapter VI

Practical Conservation II

The Air We Breathe and the Water We Drink

A  Over the long term: Conservation challenges of managing demand on natural resources

“Environmentally sound, economically viable and socially responsible”


B  Pinchot Institute  for Environmental Studies
This approach is not about vilifying one approach or another, it is about recognizing the legitimacy of a wide range of values and perspectives in society and facilitating a process by which practical and broadly supported solutions can be worked out.”


1.  2007: Common Waters Partnership

  • -Sharing information/making better decisions
  • -Identifying areas most crucial to water quality
  • -The Common Waters Fund
  • -Provide direct financial assistance to private owners in critical zones
  • -Keep forest healthy/encourage stewardship
  • -Invasive species, over logging, insects, overgrazing, sediment
  • -Forest stewardship plan:  connecting professionals with landowners


2.  Delaware River Watershed Model

  • -Fresh water drinking source
  • -Ecosystems – habitat, recreation, drinking water
  • -Suburban sprawl / energy exploration
  • NY/NJ/DE share “source water protection agency”
  • -25 billion/year   16.2 million people on water
  • -Direct value of forests in protecting that forest


3.  Forest health-Human Health Initiative

  • –Landowners à carbon markets à healthcare
  • –Private/non industrial lands   losing 6000 acres/day
  • –Vernonia, Oregon
  • –Change of Practices
  • -History of the “timber town”
  • -Family Forest Landowners
  • -Rebuilding agenda – transitioning to a different mindset
  • -“Carbon sequestration”
  • -“biomass”


4.  Ecosystem Management and the Ecomodera Project

  • -Local and global
  • -Rural poverty
  • -50% carbon emissions come from tropical deforestation
  • -Effect of Deforestation

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