what is the land ethic? How we care for our environment and how we shape it with our hands will have long and short-term effects. To maintain a healthy biotic community land management must be established in ecology. Ecological processes guide every process known to humanity, to say we as humans are separate, or no longer confined to its origins is naïve and flawed. When we strive to push ecology away we find hardship and famine, the greatest failure may be our departure from this community. No longer is the ordinary man connected to his food, he believes his beef comes from a box, its native habitat, the jungle known as the supermarket. Monocultures of inedible corn, canola, and soy litter the previously productive hills and prairies, our prolific soil is no longer a medium to grow food, but rather petroleum infused nitrogen is employed to replace natural process, the farmer now regards his field as an economic machine.
The next part of our chapter should be a return to a native process, one that aims to establish an ecological foundation. we must be stewards of the land, creating values rooted in ecology. Though issues lie ahead, in large part due to the economics of our food and natural resource production, we must resist the influence of greater profits when it points to further degradation of our land and surrounding biota. in their time many influential individuals such as “Aldo Leopold” expressed the essential relationship we all share with our fauna and flora, their knowledge and philosophy’s stated what we presently are just starting to appreciate. With the advancement of science and technology, we have amazed ourselves becoming fixated with increased production and understanding our environment at a microbial level. However, we seem to have misunderstood or forgotten the ecology mindset along the way. Should environmental research continue to accelerate genetic manipulation, does the elimination of stress hormones in swine, and poultry justify our research dollars. Was our end purpose to separate the morality associated with food and nature, to relegate it to the few who are required to work in industrialized facilities. For the common man a solution may exist in the study of ecology and the natural environment, the soil, water, trees, and shrubs comprise the basis of our range lands, from soil microbes to the lumbering grizzly, all is joined. Sharing our land with domesticated livestock and our wild neighbours is an aim of any land manager. To share in the harvest with our local wildlife shines a light on the natural wealth of any landscape, to observe the environment in this manner leads one closer and triggers a richer, defined connection to one’s surroundings.
To be engaged in conservation and the management of our natural resources may not be realized by all land owners, however modest your farm, you play a significant role in management success. The proper care of even a few acres should not ever be undervalued. leaving the land and all its resources in healthier form than it was handed over to you, is a noble intent. The biotic community will prosper when fundamentals are cultivated. to manage rangelands in a manner that seeks to satisfy a symbiotic relationship, will feed both the manager and wildlife, to choose one over another is a choice that is destined to failure. As we learn more about the purpose each organism plays our eyes open, the birds tend to sing louder when proper process have been put in place.
Just remember when the vale is lifted you see things for how the truly are, no longer can the individual live in a state of denial or blind ignorance
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