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AACC Conservation and Land Management (CALM)
 
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Australian Agricultural College Corporation (AACC)is a leader in conservation and land management education and training. AACC Mareeba Campus is the leading environmental centre in Queensland and offers environment focused training for careers in Lands Parks and Wildlife.
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1/2 - Sustainable land management and land conservation
 
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Video on land conservation from FAO and WOCAT - Knowledge makes a difference
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Land Use Planning and Spatial Conservation Prioritization Using Spatial Data and Zonation Software
 
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Introduction to Zonation part II 5:59 Spatial Conservation Planning In Europe With Zonation 30:57
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Adaptive Management and Native Fish Conservation Planning
 
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Dr. Lorin Hicks talks about the Montana example of habitat conservation planning in forestry management. Dr. Hicks describes some of the tools Plum Creek Timber Co.uses.(stand density visualization tool, Montgomery and Buffington stream classification tool, channel migration zones). With the largest bull trout habitat in the world, the conservation plan covers more than just forestry practices, including grazing, road construction and land-use planning. He concludes with some lessons learned from their ten years of native fish habitat conservation planning. Dr. Lorin Hicks is Director, Fish and Wildlife Resources, Plum Creek Timber Company, Columbia Falls, Montana, USA. His presentation was part of the Water Program Workshop for the Foothills Research Institute on Feb. 6, 2013
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Soil Health Management Systems - Using NRCS Practice Standards
 
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Presented by David Lamm, team leader, National Soil Health and Sustainability Team, East National Technology Support Center. View the webinar at http://conservationwebinars.net to earn CEUs. Soil Health Management Systems (SHMS) are a collection of NRCS conservation practices that focus on maintaining or enhancing soil health by addressing the four soil health planning principles: manage more by disturbing the soil less; diversify with crop diversity; grow living roots throughout the year; and keep the soil covered as much as possible. SHMS are cropping system specific and contain practices that are considered "must-do" or are key practices that achieve the greatest impact on soil health by creating a synergistic effect as a system. Conservation Crop Rotation (328) and Cover Crop (340) are examples for cropland. Practices that address resource concerns that may not occur on all fields are considered "as applicable." Examples include Irrigation Water Management (449) and Filter Strips (390). SHMS also include conservation activities that might not be in an NRCS conservation practice standard but still play a key role in improving soil health. These are known as "best accepted new technology," and examples include controlled traffic patterns and precision application of nutrients and/or pesticides. This webinar will provide background on using NRCS conservation practice standards to develop cropping system specific SHMS at the state and local level. Participate in this webinar to learn about the four soil health planning principles and associated practices that help comprise a Soil Health Management System.
Stream Habitat Management: Assessing Stream Condition and Identifying Management Options
 
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Presented by Kale Gullett, Fisheries Biologist, USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center Improving stream habitat is often a goal of landowners and NRCS conservation partners. Many factors affect habitat quality and quantity, and most are directly related to land use history, watershed hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and contemporary land management practices. Since habitat is biological reliance on physical stream features, a key aspect of managing stream habitat is a requisite understanding of the watershed context within which a stream has evolved and the range of historic and contemporary factors that govern channel and floodplain condition. This webinar provides an overview of the physical basis of stream habitat, elements of fluvial geomorphology as related to habitat and stream condition, methods and approaches to characterize stream condition and health, and presents a framework within which conservation planners can identify past influences on stream health for the development of management options. Field and research examples from the mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest are provided to illustrate concepts.
How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change | Allan Savory
 
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"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to about two-thirds of the world's grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes -- and his work so far shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate Follow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector
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Range management and conservation - Part 1 of 4
 
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Part 1: Discussion of the current perceptions of livestock grazing on public lands, and lead-in to how to address those concerns. Dr. Clayton Marlow (Montana State University) discusses using livestock grazing as a positive force at the 2008 annual meeting of the Prairie County Grazing District.
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Co-Management for Natural Resource Conservation
 
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You all are most welcome to “Nature and Life”. To manage natural resources co-management system has been initiated in our country by including local people in the management. Through co-management, biodiversity is being conserved and at the same time alternative employment is being created. As a result, natural resources are being conserved and local people are being benefitted. To discuss about different aspects of co-management for nature conservation we have with us Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests, Md. Abdul Latif Mia; Natural resources management specialist Mr. Mostafa Kamal Uddin; Mr. M. Anisul Islam, Director of CNRS. Md. Abdul Latif Mia, please tell us about the Co-management system. Co-management is a system to manage natural forests where local people are involved in the management. For example in natural forests like: Lawachara National Park, Himchari National Park, Wildlife Sanctuary in Teknaf etc. we have made co-management committee including local people, through which we are managing those forests. Why Forest Department is doing that? These forests are natural forests but local people depend on these forests for their different demands like: biomass fuel, timber etc. They harvest various forest resources and put pressure on the forests. But we failed to provide them with any facility legally. As a result, they collect resources illegally and spoil the forests. With the financial aid of USAID we started this process in 2003 with 5 committees in 5 Protected Areas. We included local people and empowered them in the process. For being part of the management they’ve got some rights and they are helping us in managing the forests. As a result, we are able to conserve the forests. We’ve started social forestation in ‘80s and we’ve included local people in that as well. There they get direct benefit from the trees of the forests. In co-management we’ve included them in the management of natural forests, where no one can cut the trees but they’ll get other facilities from the forests. Co-management is a new process started in 2003 with financial help of USAID. 3 projects are running now. We started first phase with Nishorgo. IPAC was the second phase. Co-management has now got an institutional form. I’ll come back to you later. Thank you. Mr. Anisul Islam, presently in which sector this co-management is active? We are mainly using co-management to conserve wetlands and forests. We are using this process for last two decades. And its benefit has been proved by empirical data and research. Co-management is very successful in managing wetland and forest and due to such management, forests and wetlands are being conserved and general people are also being benefitted. Right now Lawachara, Khadimnagar National Park, Satchari, Rema-Kalenga, Sundarbans, Chittagong Hill Tracts, some forests of Cox’s Bazar and some forests of Modhupur area are being managed under co-management. Among wetlands: Hakaluki Haor, Baikka Beel or Hail Haor, Tanguar haor etc. are being managed under co-management. I’ll come back to you again. Thank you. Mr. Mostafa Kamal Uddin, what role such management system is playing in nature conservation? Thank you. If I start from past, British colonial regime declared these forests as Reserved Forest for their own sake. Then the community was separated from the forests. The situation was such that local people used to think the forest to be govt. property and govt. is responsible to protect it and they can do whatever they want to get facilities from the forests. This was the situation throughout the world, especially in Asia pacific region, for last 30-40 years. Now around the globe everyone accepts that we can’t protect forests with bullets. If we involve local people and if they think the forest to be their property, only then it’ll be protected. Bangladesh is proactive from the perspective of this basic philosophy. This concept was initiated in 1992 when in the Earth Summit of Rio de Janeiro, on the basis of forest principle consensus, the whole world agreed that forest resource has to be conserved and we are part of that. After that we’ve made Forest Policy in 1994. And in 1995 we’ve made Forest Master plan. We accepted co-management as an approach in both cases. That was the beginning. The present status is that 17.2% of the total forestland under the custody of the Forest Department has been declared as Protected Area. And we have legal rules to manage those Protected Areas through co-management. In Wildlife Conservation and Security Act, 2012 it was declared that all our Protected Areas must be managed by plan and co-management. In 2017, under the leadership of the Forest Department, the govt. initiated Protected Area Rules. As a result, the legal base of co-management has become very strong and they are continuing the process.
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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, to enjoy a better life | Educational Video for Kids.
 
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The three Rs Hello I am the Earth, yup the very planet you live on. There are three words which start with the letter R which I love. They are: Reduce, reuse and recycle. Do you know why I love them so much? Because they are almost magical words. Together they can make all living things as well as myself be happier. I said that they are “almost” magical because without your help it won't work, they need all of you children in order to do the trick. Each and every one of you are the real 3Rs magicians, those three words which can change the world. Do you want to know how? Yes? Well let's find out. The first R is for reduce. If you think about it, there are many things you don’t need. When you go to the supermarket, I am sure you could take your own canvas bags instead of using disposable ones given to you. This way you will be reducing the amount of plastic which is very contaminating. And I am sure that you don’t need to print out so many documents or photos, nor leave the lights, television or computer on when you are not using them. If you remember this, you will be reducing the amount of paper being used as well as energy, and in turn will be helping reduce the contamination. And these are just a few examples. I am sure you can think of many more different ways to reduce what you are using or creating unnecessary waste. The following question will help you with this task: Do I really need this or is this just a whim? The second R is for recycling. Now it is easier than ever to recycle things we don’t need any more so that they can be reused. Near your home you can find places, like the recycling station and containers for cans, plastic, paper or organic waste. They each have their specific colors to make them easier. By using them, you will avoid contaminating nature, the rivers and seas as well as the atmosphere, which is the air we breathe. And finally we have the third R, which refers to reuse. How many things do you think we can reuse again and again instead of throwing them away? Let´s see…a piece of paper that has only one side printed on it, a carton box, a plastic bottle…you think now. With just a bit of imagination, I am sure you will come up with many more exciting and fun new uses for them. And remember: if you apply the 3Rs rule, you will make me a much cleaner planet, with less contamination and where we all can enjoy a better life. Because as you know…children can make the world of difference.
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Land Use 2014 - Mitigation and Conservation Banking
 
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Expert Panelist: Craig Denisoff, Craig Denisoff Consulting Topic: Mitigation and Conservation Banking Craig Denisoff provides a brief history of the development and status of wetland mitigation and species conservation banks in the U.S. and potential opportunities and challenges in Canada. Alberta Land Institute's sold-out inaugural Land Use 2014 conference was held May 7 & 8, 2014, in Edmonton, AB. http://www.landuse2014.ca
Preserving Rural Character and Conserving Open Space [runtime 2:13]
 
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Rural character can be preserved and open land can be conserved IF a good plan is in place. What challenges do rural and equestrian communities face as they try to accommodate development and the 'new rural lifestyle' - without losing the land and landscape that they depend upon to exist? This segment is from a presentation by Shannon Kettering, ASLA, AICP, entitled 'Using Smart Growth to Conserve Land and Create Equestrian Friendly Communities -- The Chattahoochee Hill Country', given at the March 10, 2012 ELCR Atlanta Regional Forum. Shannon Kettering is the Program Manager of the Planning group at POND/ECOS where she provides client management, team leadership and quality control on community planning, visioning and facilitation, and green infrastructure projects of all scales. With 19 years of experience in urban design and public outreach, Ms. Kettering offers expertise in community-based redevelopment planning that leads to implementation, including sustainable strategies and regulatory policies. Ms. Kettering is a certified planner, registered landscape architect and certified charrette planner, and specializes in large-scale facilitation and community design. For optimum viewing, please click the full screen button in the bottom right corner of the video frame. ELCR would like to thank our Conservation Partners, The Bates Family Foundation, The Hamill Family Foundation, Bayer Animal Health and USA Equestrian Trust for their support.
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See how a manure lagoon works and why farmers want to build even more of them
 
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If you buy a house on the 9 million acres of agricultural districts in New York state, you sign a disclosure form that says the farmers near you have the "right to farm" even when it causes noise, dust and odors. Still, when a farmer decides to build a lagoon to store millions of gallons of liquid manure, the neighbors are often disappointed to find out they have little say in the matter. They can also be shocked to hear that government sometimes requires manure storage and even helps pay for it. Since 1994, 461 manure storages have been built with state financial help, according to the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. Others are privately or federally funded. The "Right to Farm" is a state law that protects 25,316 farms on 6.5 million of those 9-million acres of agricultural districts. The rest of that land is occupied by people who do not farm. Dan Palladino, president of the Onondaga County Farm Bureau, encourages farmers to be proactive and share their plans even when it isn't required. "We have to all work together," Palladino said. "If we're in an agricultural district, we have to understand what the farmer needs to do and we have to understand what the public needs and what we can do to help them." Mike McMahon, of McMahon's EZ Acres in Homer, allowed us to fly a drone over the lagoon on his dairy farm and explained how it was designed. McMahon, other farmers and government officials say storage is the best practice to protect the environment from runoff. Storage allows farmers to spread manure on fields on only the best days – when the soil is dry and less likely to run off of wet and frozen ground into lakes and streams. What kinds of lagoons are built in New York state? Before a lagoon is built, farmers test the make-up and quality of the soil to understand the geology of the site, said Mark Burger, executive director of the Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District. If the soil can support an earthen lagoon, it can be dug into the ground and lined with clay, he said. Some earthen lagoons are also reinforced with concrete bottoms or walls. If the soil does not support an earthen lagoon, farmers can use a plastic product called "octaform." It has a series of hollow, plastic rectangular chambers filled with concrete. That type of storage is also easy to cover to keep out rain or to digest methane gas for energy. Farmers also consider the type of bedding they use when they choose the type of material to use in lagoon construction, he said. The bedding goes into the lagoon along with the manure. For example, if the animals bed on sand, farmers like to build a concrete floor to make it easier to capture the sand and use it on the soil, he said. Soil and water conservation districts help small farms implement official environmental management plans, which address manure storage and other issues, state officials said. Large industrial farms are regulated through a CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) permit, which requires a comprehensive nutrient management plan that takes into account the farm's slopes, nearby waterways, soil erosion potential, farmstead facilities and nutrient sources. Engineers must also work within USDA standards and must be able to divert surface groundwater and contain the precipitation that falls into the storage. "You've got highly trained professionals out there, taking these corings or these trenchings and analyzing the soil and the geology to make that determination," he said. "It's not just you and I going out there to do it." How many times have they leaked? There have been three manure storage overflows and one leak in the last five years in the Central New York region, which generally covers Oswego to Broome counties, according to the DEC. The latest incident is still under investigation. In February, a structural issue with a lagoon forced farmers to spread manure on snow on an unusually warm winter day. The snow melted, causing manure to flow into Cayuga Lake. In 2013, manure overflowed into a small tributary from a storage at Ashland Farms, in Cayuga County. The DEC issued a $3,000 fine and the farm was required to increase the size of the storage. EFS Farm, in Madison County, was assessed a $750 penalty after an overflow in 2013. The manure ponded in a field and did not reach surface water, according to the DEC. O'Hare Dairy II, in Chenango County, had an overflow in 2011 that did reach surface water. The DEC assessed a $1,750 penalty and required repairs and an emergency action plan. Video by Michelle Breidenbach, Christa Lemczak and N. Scott Trimble. Illustrations by Peter Allen. Music by MK2. Additional content: Google Earth and New York State Department of Agriculture
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Starting Your Forest Mgmt Plan: Introduction to Forest Management
 
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A forest steward is a careful manager and protector of the land. What actions are you taking today that will affect the future of your forest 10, 20, or 100 years from now? Hear landowners describe the benefits of starting a forest management plan for their property. For more: http://ucanr.edu/forestplan
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17. Land Use and Conservation Law: The Adirondack History
 
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Environmental Politics and Law (EVST 255) By reviewing the conservation history of the Adirondack Park, this lecture examines strategies to manage land use and natural resources in protected areas. The Adirondacks has been protected since the 1880s and became a national park in the 1970s. The government manages the park for a variety of uses, including recreational, ecological, and natural resource-related uses. The multiple uses of the park create conflict amongst stakeholders and require regulations that prevent certain types of development. The lecture reviews regulations and zoning ordinances that protect public lands. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Allocating and Managing Land Use 07:52 - Chapter 2. Curious Conservation History: The Case of the Adirondacks 16:43 - Chapter 3. Multiple Uses, Ineffective Control and Conflict 27:13 - Chapter 4. Ecological Constrains for Land and Resource Development 45:11 - Chapter 5. Who Are the Stakeholders? Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2010.
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Land Use
 
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018 - Land Use In this video Paul Andersen explains how land is developed for human use. Urbanization has occurred through the last century as people have moved to cities in large numbers. Transportation and the arrival of the car have led to urban sprawl and urban blight. Smart growth can be used to mediate some of the ecosystem impacts. Land is also preserved in parks, refuges, and wilderness areas. Do you speak another language? Help me translate my videos: http://www.bozemanscience.com/translations/ Music Attribution Intro Title: I4dsong_loop_main.wav Artist: CosmicD Link to sound: http://www.freesound.org/people/CosmicD/sounds/72556/ Creative Commons Atribution License Outro Title: String Theory Artist: Herman Jolly http://sunsetvalley.bandcamp.com/track/string-theory All of the images are licensed under creative commons and public domain licensing: Bob Marshall Wilderness. (2015, October 6). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bob_Marshall_Wilderness&oldid=684367778 English: Bureau of Land Management logo. ([object HTMLTableCellElement]a). Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blm.svg English: Thermal infrared satellite data measured by NASA. ([object HTMLTableCellElement]b). Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Newyork_heat_island.jpg en.wikipedia, U., Billwhittaker at. (2009). English: Chart comparing the age curves of Pocahontas County and Johnson County to demonstrate Rural flight. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rural_flight.jpg File:Niepolomice oli 2013251.jpg. (2014, April 12). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Niepolomice_oli_2013251.jpg&oldid=603861332 File:Revised petrol use urban density.JPG. (2012, March 21). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Revised_petrol_use_urban_density.JPG&oldid=483238766 Gonzalez, C. (2010). English: Aerial View of Photochemical Smog Pollution Over Mexico City. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AerialViewPhotochemicalSmogMexicoCity_2.jpg Government, U. S. ([object HTMLTableCellElement]). Logo of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US-FishAndWildlifeService-Logo.svg Lasvegaslover. ([object HTMLTableCellElement]). English: Las Vegas Strip. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Las_Vegas_89.jpg Martinsnm. (2013). English: Laguna de Rocha, the largest wetland in the urban area in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Laguna01.jpg Service, F. (2011). English: Official logo of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ForestServiceLogoOfficial.svg Service, U. S. government, National Park. ([object HTMLTableCellElement]). English: Logo of the United States National Park Service. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US-NationalParkService-ShadedLogo.svg Service, U. S. F. and W. (2005). English: Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain, looking south toward the Brooks Range mountains. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooks_Range_Mountains_ANWR.jpg Taylorluker. (2010). Percentage of World Population- Urban/Rural. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Percentage_of_World_Population_Urban_Rural.PNG USA, N. G. S. F. C. from G., MD. (2012). English: Over the years of the Landsat program, the desert city of Las Vegas has gone through a massive growth spurt. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Landsat_View,_Las_Vegas,_Nevada_satellite.jpg (n.d.). Retrieved from https://openclipart.org/detail/172163/1950s-rambler-convertible
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5. Conservation Development - Best Local Land Use Practices
 
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This video is from the Ohio Balanced Growth Program Best Local Land Use Practices video series. Conservation Development is a development technique that allows design and layout of an entire development parcel, to conserve resources while allowing development to occur at the same density as the underlying zoning. A special form of Planned Unit Development, conservation development utilizes high standards for open space and design, coupled with design flexibility. Conservation development can be designed to meet a range of goals including conserving open space, conserving natural and cultural resources, creating amenities attractive to buyers, and creating a new neighborhood that is an asset to the community. In many cases, concentrating development on just a portion of a development tract can minimize the cost of providing and maintaining public services and utilities.
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Nancy Turner : Indigenous environmental knowledge & environmental values in land use planning
 
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Professor Nancy Turner, 2015 Trudeau Fellow, outlines her ongoing PETF research project: "Making a Place for Indigenous Environmental Knowledge and Environmental Values in Land Use Planning and Decision-making." See project details: http://bit.ly/1OxrXsU La professeure Nancy Turner, Lauréat 2015 Trudeau, donne un discours sur son projet de recherche de la Fondation Pierre Elliott Trudeau : "Faire place aux connaissances et aux valeurs environnementales des Autochtones dans l’aménagement du territoire et la prise de décisions." En savoir plus sur son projet de recherche : http://bit.ly/1P0Pq3D ---- Fact: In June 2014, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the Tsilhqot’in First Nation’s Aboriginal title claim to a territory in British Columbia on the basis of a large body of evidence demonstrating their historical use and occupancy of this land through the plants present on it. Fait : En juin 2014, la Cour suprême du Canada a rendu un jugement unanime en confirmant les titres ancestraux de la Première Nations Tsilhqot’in en se fondant sur une quantité de preuves démontrant leur utilisation et occupation historiques du territoire par la présence de végétaux. ---- Project objectives: To use the methods of ethnobotany (the study of the relationships between humans and plants) and ethnoecology (the study of the relationships between humans and their environment) to see how the knowledge and values of First Nations can be applied to policy development, planning, and decision-making in the context of the legal and governance structures associated with the land rights and titles of Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia and elsewhere. Objectifs du projet : À l’aide de l’ethnobotanique (étude des relations entre les humains et les plantes) et l’ethnoécologie (étude des relations entre les humains et leur environnement), voir comment les connaissances et les valeurs des Premières Nations peuvent s’appliquer à l’élaboration de politiques, à la planification et à la prise de décision, dans le contexte de l’organisation juridique et de la gouvernance liées aux droits et titres fonciers des Autochtones en Colombie-Britannique et ailleurs.
Wetlands Conservation as Risk Mitigation, by SCW-ARC
 
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What role can farmers play in "wise use" of wetlands? • Farmers are encouraged to understand the importance of wetlands in their water resource planning and development. • They should familiarize themselves with national and provincial legislation that promotes the conservation of wetlands. • They should not purposefully apply farming practices which can damage the hydrology of a wetland, e.g. draining, ploughing, trampling or over-grazing that can result in erosion (without authorization). • Stop erosion in wetlands by blocking drains and dongas • And to rewet the wetland and to lift the water table • Invasive plants should be removed in the wetlands because • Infrastructure should be well planned, e.g. allowing enough space for water to flow under a road and building structures that will prevent erosion. Wetlands are an important water source in South Africa and must be protected. Because wetlands: mitigate flood and drought damage, improves the quantity and quality of water, conserves biodiversity and thus improves carbon sequestration especially in peat lands.
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Environment Impact Assessment Part 1
 
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Support us : https://www.instamojo.com/@exambin/ Download our app : http://examb.in/app Environmental Impact Assessment Developmental projects in the past were undertaken without any consideration to their environmental consequences. As a result the whole environment got polluted and degraded. In view of the colossal damage done to the environment, governments and public are now concerned about the environmental impacts of developmental activities. So, to assess the environmental impacts, the mechanism of Environmental Impact Assessment also known as EIA was introduced. EIA is a tool to anticipate the likely environmental impacts that may arise out of the proposed developmental activities and suggest measures and strategies to reduce them. EIA was introduced in India in 1978, with respect to river valley projects. Later the EIA legislation was enhanced to include other developmental sections since 1941. EIA comes under Notification on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of developmental projects 1994 under the provisions of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. Besides EIA, the Government of India under Environment (Protection) Act 1986 issued a number of other notifications, which are related to environmental impact assessment. EIA is now mandatory for 30 categories of projects, and these projects get Environmental Clearance (EC) only after the EIA requirements are fulfilled. Environmental clearance or the ‘go ahead’ signal is granted by the Impact Assessment Agency in the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. Projects that require clearance from central government can be broadly categorized into the following sectors • Industries • Mining • Thermal power plants • River valley projects • Infrastructure • Coastal Regulation Zone and • Nuclear power projects The important aspects of EIA are risk assessment, environmental management and Post product monitoring. Functions of EIA is to 1. Serve as a primary environmental tool with clear provisions. 2. Apply consistently to all proposals with potential environmental impacts. 3. Use scientific practice and suggest strategies for mitigation. 4. Address all possible factors such as short term, long term, small scale and large scale effects. 5. Consider sustainable aspects such as capacity for assimilation, carrying capacity, biodiversity protection etc... 6. Lay down a flexible approach for public involvement 7. Have a built-in mechanism of follow up and feedback. 8. Include mechanisms for monitoring, auditing and evaluation. In order to carry out an environmental impact assessment, the following are essential: 1. Assessment of existing environmental status. 2. Assessment of various factors of ecosystem (air, water, land, biological). 3. Analysis of adverse environmental impacts of the proposed project to be started. 4. Impact on people in the neighborhood. Benefits of EIA • EIA provides a cost effective method to eliminate or minimize the adverse impact of developmental projects. • EIA enables the decision makers to analyses the effect of developmental activities on the environment well before the developmental project is implemented. • EIA encourages the adaptation of mitigation strategies in the developmental plan. • EIA makes sure that the developmental plan is environmentally sound and within limits of the capacity of assimilation and regeneration of the ecosystem. • EIA links environment with development. The goal is to ensure environmentally safe and sustainable development. Environmental Components of EIA: The EIA process looks into the following components of the environment: • Air environment • Noise component : • Water environment • Biological environment • Land environment EIA Process and Procedures Steps in Preparation of EIA report • Collection of baseline data from primary and secondary sources; • Prediction of impacts based on past experience and mathematical modelling; • Evolution of impacts versus evaluation of net cost benefit; • Preparation of environmental management plans to reduce the impacts to the minimum; • Quantitative estimation of financial cost of monitoring plan and the mitigation measures. Environment Management Plan • Delineation of mitigation measures including prevention and control for each environmental component, rehabilitation and resettlement plan. EIA process: EIA process is cyclical with interaction between the various steps. 1. Screening 2. Scoping 3. Collection of baseline data 4. Impact prediction 5. Mitigation measures and EIA report 6. Public hearing 7. Decision making 8. Assessment of Alternatives, Delineation of Mitigation Measures and Environmental Impact Assessment Report 9. Risk assessment
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Conservation Planning: Gurdial Grewal, Madera, California
 
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Gurdial Grewal, of Grewal Brothers Farming, grows vines and trees on 800 acres in Madera, California. He grows about 300 acres of peaches, about 250 acres of almonds, 50 acres of prunes, about 300 acres of grapes, and some pistachios. In 2011, Priscilla Baker of the USDA-NRCS, met with Grewal and has since assisted him with conservation planning and improvements to his land that have helped during the state's serious multi-year drought conditions.
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What is FLPMA?
 
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It’s FLPMA’s 40th anniversary! Wait what…what is a FLMPA and do we still use it? More importantly -- why should we care? FLPMA (pronounced Flip-ma), is shorthand for the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. It was an act of Congress that President Gerald Ford signed into law on October 21, 1976, and it is the law that defines multiple use and sustained yield as our approach to managing public lands. It is often called the BLM’s organic act, since it gives us the authority to do a lot of the things we do on a daily basis. Again, why should we care? Well there’s SIX – yes six reasons! 1. FLPMA mandates the permanent federal ownership of public lands. FLPMA makes it law that public lands are retained in Federal ownership. This may seem like a no-brainer, but until FLPMA became law, there was still a question about whether or not public lands were to be kept in federal control or made available for sale. Interestingly, FLPMA repealed President Lincoln’s Homesteading Act of 1864, ending homesteading. FLMPA tells BLM to do lots of stuff with public land – AKA “multiple use. Protecting scientific, scenic, historical, ecological, environmental, air and atmospheric, water resource, and archaeological values; whew that’s a mouthful. Provide food and habitat for fish and wildlife and domestic animals. Provide for outdoor recreation and other human uses too. Like timber, minerals, and grazing. 2. FLPMA repealed more than 1,000 out-of-date land management statutes (really 1,000), replacing them with new policies, including a new planning system. Sure, it didn’t affect the big statutes like the O & C Act in Oregon, the Mineral Leasing Act, the Mining Law of 1872, the Soil Conservation Act, and about 1,000 others, but it did repeal and replace many that lingered from the days of the Grazing Service and General Land Office. 3. FLPMA mandated a new planning system for us – one with lots of public participation, not just the involvement of those who may be directly affected by a decision. It also authorized citizen advisory councils - known today as RACs 4. FLMPA changed how we manage mining and grazing on public lands. For example, FLPMA declared that claims could be invalidated if miners didn’t file copies of their claims and submit annual reports of their work, allowing the BLM – and other miners – to better know who was doing what where. FLPMA also required a new study of grazing fees and standardized grazing permit policies. Grazing advisory boards were also focused on providing input into the development of allotment management plans and how range improvement funds were distributed. 5. FLPMA created new protections for public lands. That’s pretty cool. For example, FLPMA brought the Wilderness Act of 1964 to the public lands. The BLM now manages nine wilderness areas and 88 wilderness study areas in Oregon and Washington. Contributing even more acronyms to our repertoire, FLPMA also created ACECs (Areas of Critical Environmental Concern) “where special management attention is required . . . to protect and prevent irreparable damage to important historic, cultural, or scenic values, fish and wildlife resources, or other natural systems or processes, or to protect life and safety from natural hazards.” Today, Oregon and Washington host 195 ACEC parcels, totaling almost 860,000 acres. In addition, FLPMA granted law enforcement authority to the BLM, starting with uniformed park rangers to serve in the California desert’s public lands. 6. FLPMA helped to usher in a cultural change in the BLM. BLM expanded its workforce beyond a focus on forestry and range conservation and created new professional positions in areas such as planning, recreation, archaeology, and wildlife biology. There are many more provisions within FLPMA, as well as several amendments made in later years. Of particular note is the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, created in 1980 as an amendment to FLPMA. FLPMA helped solve a lot of BLM's challenges in the 1970s, but others remain today. Nevertheless, most of the work we do today can trace its authority back to FLPMA. As Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson noted, "the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 represents a landmark achievement in the management of the public lands of the United States. For the first time in the long history of the public lands, one law provides comprehensive authority and guidelines for [their] administration."
Views: 460 BLMOREGON
Environmental Impact Assessment - Analyzing Benefits and Actions
 
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Dr. Manishika Jain in this lecture explains the concept of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and difference between EIA and Strategic EIA. Tool to identify environmental, social and economic impacts of a project prior to decision-making – UNEP In India, Started in 1978-79 by river valley projects EIA has now been made mandatory under the Environmental Protection Act, 1986 for 29 categories of developmental activities that involves investments of Rs. 50 crores & more Stages Involved in EIA Screening Scoping Assessment & Evaluation Report EIA: Non-technical summary for the general audience Review EIS Decision Making: Whether to approve project or not Monitoring, Compliance, Enforcement Environmental Auditing Which projects fall under EIA? Which can significantly alter the landscape, land use pattern & lead to concentration of working population Which need upstream development activity like assured mineral and forest products supply Which need downstream industrial process development Those involving manufacture, handling and use of hazardous materials Those sited near ecologically sensitive areas, urban centers, hill resorts, places of scientific and religious importance Industrial Estates which could cumulatively cause significant environmental damage What to Address? Meteorology and air quality Hydrology and water quality Site and its surroundings Occupational safety and health Details of the treatment and disposal of effluents and the methods of alternative uses Transportation of raw material and details of material handling Control equipment and measures proposed to be adopted Benefits of EIA Environmental benefits Economic benefits Reduced cost and time of project implementation and design Avoided treatment Clean-up costs Impacts of laws and regulations Procedure Follow Up Precautionary Principle: If an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public, or environment, in the absence of scientific consensus, the burden of proof falls on those taking the action. Part of Rio Declaration & Kyoto Protocol. Polluter’s Pay Principle: To make the party responsible for producing pollution responsible for paying for the damage done to the natural environment. Support from OECD and European Community. Strategic EIA Formalized, systematic & comprehensive process to identify & evaluate environmental consequences of proposed policies, plans or programs Ensure full inclusion Address at earliest possible stage of decision-making on a par with economic & social considerations Can be applied to entire sector For NET Paper 1 material refer - http://www.examrace.com/CBSE-UGC-NET/CBSE-UGC-NET-FlexiPrep-Program/Postal-Courses/Examrace-CBSE-UGC-NET-Paper-I-Series.htm
Views: 90039 Examrace
Climate Change and Land Management: Social Network Analysis
 
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This webinar was held as a part of the Climate Change Science and Management Webinar Series, a partnership between the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the FWS National Conservation Training Center. Webinar Description: Many federal agencies are currently striving to plan for climate change adaptation. Researchers for this project explored 1) the degree to which federal resource managers believe that climate change adaptation is important in their work and 2) the degree to which these managers are connected to each other and to a broader research community that can provide a scientific basis for climate change adaptation actions. The project consisted of a social network analysis of federal resource managers in the regions encompassed by the Southwest and North Central CSCs. Methods for this project included an online survey targeting resource managers from the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as a snowball survey to garner opinions from people within academic, nongovernmental and federal research organizations (e.g., USGS), as well as from state resource managers. This study resulted in a number of different findings, including an overall strong concern for climate change impacts on natural resources among resource managers and a varying degree of connectedness between resource management agencies and research units.
Views: 1112 USGS
Pastured Poultry and Conservation Planning
 
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Presented by Terrell 'Spence' Spencer, Farmer/Owner, Across the Creek Farm, West Fork, AR View the webinar at http://conservationwebinars.net to earn CEUs. This webinar will give participants an overview of pastured poultry operation including management techniques, facilities, challenges, and opportunities. Join the webinar for a thorough overview of the many components involved in pastured poultry operations. The advantages of raising poultry on pasture, the environmental benefits, and the infrastructure needed will be discussed. Learn the many different considerations these producers face, how organic certification changes management, and opportunities for support from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The opinions expressed in this webinar are those of the producer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of USDA.
SuLaMa - Participatory research to support sustainable land management in South-western Madagascar
 
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How to reconcile biodiversity conservation and the maintenance and enhancement of ecosystem services/ functions with economic land management? Participatory development of tools and strategies for a sustainable land management
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State/Transition Simulation Models for Ecosystem Management
 
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http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/913 This webinar was conducted as a part of the Climate Change Science and Management Webinar Series, put on by the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the FWS National Conservation Training Center. Webinar Summary: Sustainable management of natural resources under competing demands is challenging, particularly when facing novel and uncertain future climatic conditions. Meeting this challenge requires considering information about the effects of management, disturbance, land use and climate change on ecosystems. State-and-transition simulation models (STSMs) provide a flexible framework for integrating landscape processes and comparing alternative management scenarios, but incorporating climate change is an active area of research. In this presentation, three researchers present work funded by Climate Science Centers across the country to incorporate climate projections into STSMs. - The first case study integrates species distribution modeling with STSMs to project changes in whitebark pine in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This combination of correlative and stochastic models reproduced historical observations, identified important data gaps, and described potential future declines in whitebark pine. - The second study uses STSMs to address conservation and management of the longleaf pine ecosystem in the southeastern US under climate change and urbanization pressures. Results show that urbanization is likely to be a bigger threat to the future of the ecosystem than climate change. - The third study integrates multiple models to project future rangeland condition and habitat for Greater sage-grouse in eastern Oregon under varying climate and management scenarios. Projections indicate that rangeland condition and habitat are likely to decline due to current stressors, but climate change may have both positive and negative impacts. The three studies highlight the utility of STSMs for natural resource management in disparate ecosystems across the U.S.
Views: 979 USGS
Strategic Conservation Planning and Engagement: Methods and Implementations
 
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In the second part of his presentation, Ole Amundsen III (The Conservation Fund) explains logistical aspects gives an excellent overview of the steps to conserve land strategically using real life case studies. Presentation given at the 2012 RCP Network Gathering in Concord, NH on November 13, 2012
HADZA - hunter gatherers protect the global environment
 
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Working together with Carbon Tanzania, the Hadza are an early human culture working with innovative conservation to protect forests in the modern world. This forest conservation project is helping prevent the deforestation, which undermines Hadza livelihood and way of life. The sustainable forest management that this tribe is engaging with is financed by carbon balanced businesses. It is a model for forest management and protection of the global ecosystem. Carbon Tanzania work in the Yaeda Valley with the Hadza tribe to protect their traditional rangelands, areas that are important wildlife corridors for threatened elephant, lion and cheetah two populations. The work is implementing combined land-use strategies and conservation programs. These are financed by selling holistic carbon credits to local and international buyers, enabling them to balance their carbon footprints. The Hadza tribe have been part of this landscape in northern Tanzania for tens of thousands of years. They are first people, and like the Bushmen the Kalahari, are amongst the few remaining hunter-gatherer peoples. Carbon Tanzania was founded by Mark Baker not only to protect the Hadza lands and their ecosystems but also to provide a model program for viable and sustainable forest management. "What Carbon Tanzania does, is measure the above ground carbon in the forest that's protected for the Hazdabe and also work with the process of deforestation to put money into the community to realise the value of this forest that the Hazdabe want to protect, but in many ways lack the ability or the means to protect it. Currently if the deforestation rate continues the Hadza are likely to lose their forest, their way of life and their land in 25 years." In the past three decades the last of the first, the one thousand or so Hadza, have faced massive change from surrounding population pressure, large-scale conversion to agriculture and land incursions by cattle herding people, and vital to these hunter-gatherers, wild game numbers have declined from illegal poaching. "A lot of the people who are coming into this area are desperate for land. The issue surrounding climate change and climate instability in this region means that more and more people are failing with agriculture." Carbon Tanzania works to strengthen legal land right the Hadza and enforcing land use plans at both village and government level. "The first step for the project was a land use plan that was created by the Hadza people. The plan was really made over several years and taking into account all of the environmental factors within this area and all the different people that need to utilise it to survive. What they did was designate areas, one of these areas is for farming, one areas for pastoralist or cattle, and another area that is protected for the use of Hadzabe." Marc works together with project leaders from the Hadza tribe like Pili. They organise teams to patrol the area preventing illegal tree cutting habitat destruction. "Carbon Tanzania is paying through a system of carbon credits, to protect this forest along with the Wahadzabe. We measured the carbon inside the protected area and then we link that with businesses who want to offset or balance their emissions and we put the money into the community to help the community prevent the deforestation." Tropical woodlands and forests play an important role in regulating atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, because most emissions in tropical countries are coming from deforestation and degradation, preventing habitat loss has an impact at a global level. "In simple terms, a hectare of acacia commiphora woodland, the carbon stored in these trees, is 45 flights from Europe to Tanzania return." The revenue from carbon offset purchases is used fund the Hadxa patrols. But the money is also used to provide access to healthcare and education. This project therefore provides an example how communities can create value from sustainably managing their land. "It gives people an alternative land-use choice. It gives people a chance to earn an income, but at the same time manage their lands use in a way that's beneficial to wildlife and beneficial to the environment and of course, an environment in this context is absorbing and holding carbon emissions, so is part of a global movement in mitigate climate change." Working together with Carbon Tanzania, the Hadza are an early human culture working with innovative conservation to protect forests in the modern world. For more info and to engage with this project http://www.clevel.co.uk/ Thanks for finance and project visuals to Carbon Tanzania and The Nature Conservancy Thanks for Hadza Songs to: Publisher: Mikuki na Nyota Publishers, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Sound technician: Ulrich Kuerzinger. Participants / voices: Richard Baalow; Athumani Magandula; Wande; Sigwadzi; James Woodburn; Daudi Peterson
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Habitat Restoration Fundamentals
 
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Monarch Butterfly Conservation Webinar Series. Presented by Eric Lee-Mader, Pollinator Conservation Program Co-Director, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. February 12, 2015. This webinar will examine the step-by-step procedures for designing, installing, and managing native plant communities specifically designed for monarch breeding. Among the topics to be explored are initial planning considerations, formulating seed mixes, site preparation and weed abatement, and long-term land management practices. Real world case studies will be provided, and successful approaches in multiple eco-regions will be described.
Conservation Highlights: 2011 A Year in Review
 
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Effective conservation took many forms this year. From working to restore oyster reefs in the Gulf of Mexico to playing a critical role in the formation of China's national conservation plan, The Nature Conservancy worked to advance conservation all around the world. The 10 accomplishments featured here are just a small sample of the more than 600 projects and transactions undertaken by the Conservancy with countless partners, supporters and dedicated volunteers in fiscal 2011. Thank you for your support. http://www.nature.org
Views: 22388 The Nature Conservancy
Climate change & the biodiversity conservation challenge webinar presented by Michael Dunlop
 
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In this webinar, Michael Dunlop outlines recent research findings about the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and their implications for conservation planning and management. Dr Michal Dunlop is a land-water-biodiversity-climate analyst with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences. Michael lead the 2012 CSIRO study 'The implications of climate change for Australia's biodiversity conservation and protected areas' - a landmark Australia-wide assessment of the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and the National Reserve System to inform future management of Australia's protected areas. The study was broken down into four biomes, two of which covered most of Victoria and Tasmania. Additionally, Michael and his team have been developing a method/approach to assessing the 'climate change readiness' of biodiversity objectives. He recently co-authored the report, 'Climate ready conservation objectives scoping study.'
National Environmental Policy Act
 
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Congress enacted NEPA in December, 1969, and President Nixon signed it into law on January 1, 1970. NEPA was the first major environmental law in the United States and is often called the "Magna Carta" of environmental laws. Importantly, NEPA established this country's national environmental policies. In NEPA, Congress recognized that the Federal Government's actions may cause significant environmental effects. The range of actions that cause significant environmental effects is broad and includes issuing regulations, providing permits for private actions, funding private actions, making federal land management decisions, constructing publicly-owned facilities, and many other types of actions. Agencies are required to determine if their proposed actions have significant environmental effects and to consider the environmental and related social and economic effects of their proposed actions. Often private individuals or companies will become involved in the NEPA process when they need a permit issued by a Federal agency. When a company applies for a permit (for example, for crossing federal lands) the agency that is being asked to issue the permit must evaluate the environmental effects of the permit decision under NEPA. The purpose of NEPA and the mission of the BLM are fully compatible. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. This closely mirrors BLM's multiple use and sustained yield mandates under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. NEPA declares that the Federal government's continuing policy is to create and maintain conditions under which people and nature can exist in productive harmony and fulfill the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans. The BLM in Oregon and Washington has a NEPA document library that contains documents relevant to the BLM planning projects throughout Oregon and Washington. Documents can be searched by fiscal year, district, program area, and document type via the NEPA Document Search form. All of the BLM's planning documents can also be accessed by RRS feed: http://www.blm.gov/or/rss/nepa-or.xml For additional information about NEPA visit the BLM on the web at: http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/index.php
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Stop the Sprawl: Basics of Land Use Planning for Horse Men and Women [runtime 34:16]
 
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At the 2012 ELCR One-Day Regional Forum in Atlanta, Georgia, Tom Daniels, Ph.D presented "Stop the Sprawl, I Want to Get Off!" This informative and inspiring presentation provides the basics of planning and zoning in relation to the horse lands and facilities, along with real-life examples of what works and what does not. This video is part one of two parts. For more information, visit our website at www.ELCR.org. Dr. Daniels is a Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches land use planning, growth management, environmental planning, and land preservation. Daniels holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Oregon State University and a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University. For optimum viewing, please click the full screen button in the bottom right corner of the video frame. ELCR would like to thank our Conservation Partners, The Bates Family Foundation, The Hamill Family Foundation, Bayer Animal Health and USA Equestrian Trust for their support.
Views: 247 ELCR Videos
The sustainable management of wetland landscapes
 
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Research by the University of Exeter's Wetland Archaeology group has transformed our understanding of the significance of wetlands as exceptionally well-preserved but highly vulnerable records of past human achievement. By informing public policy and advising planning and conservation bodies the group have played a major role in shaping management practices in the UK and internationally. This includes work that informed the multi-agency Vision for Wetlands, emphasising the need for multi-agency working. An example of this is research involving collaborations with Essex County Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, the RSPB, and Wessex Archaeology in developing a major c. 1,500 hectare nature reserve, informing policies to increase public access to the countryside, and planning for the future of the 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike venue.
Decision-support tool for coastal area management based on Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model
 
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This webinar originally aired on 20 September 2016. Conservation planning and management under accelerated sea level rise can be complicated by the numerous data sets available and the many needs, sometimes conflicting, that policymakers need to accommodate. Warren Pinnacle Consulting, Inc. with funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has created a decision-support tool to assist policymakers in planning and prioritizing coastal marsh areas for adaptation and conservation. This tool accounts for environmental and socio-economic factors, protection of developed areas, and projections generated using the Sea-level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) along with their inherent uncertainty. A key feature of the tool is that stakeholders set the values that guide it. Stakeholders define the ranking and values of various wetland ecosystem services (qualitative and quantitative). These values are integrated with SLAMM predictions and applied to the parcels of currently existing and predicted future marsh lands. This presentation will focus on the development and an example application of the tool. This webinar was presented by Jonathan Clough and Marco Propato of Warren Pinnacle Consulting. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM.
Views: 15 OpenChannels
What is a watershed ?
 
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One of three informational videos to promote improving water quality within Indiana. Nonpoint sources of pollution that Hoosiers can reduce and improve their quality of water are discussed. Visit www.IN.gov/idem/nps/ for more information about what you can do. A watershed is an area of land where water naturally drains to one point. Rainfall, snowmelt, and other precipitation falls on the land and flows downstream into a single lake, river, or stream. Watersheds can be large or small. The largest watersheds in the United States cover several states and drain into oceans. However, you can look at very small areas as individual watersheds, such as your back yard. Watershed boundaries are natural and manmade features that change the direction of where water flows. Hills and ridges are natural watershed boundaries because rain falling on one side of a hill will flow in one direction, while rain falling on the other side of the hill will flow into another. It is normal for watersheds to cross the borders of counties and states. Watersheds even flow from one country to the next. It is common for watersheds to follow streams and rivers from rural to urban areas and vice-versa. Why are watersheds important? It is important to keep watersheds as clean as possible for many reasons. Watersheds are the source of the water we drink. We use watersheds for recreational uses, such as boating, swimming, and fishing. Wildlife depends on watersheds for food, water, and shelter. What can harm my watershed? Nonpoint source pollution is the largest source of water pollution and the biggest threat to the health of our watersheds. Nonpoint source pollution is a variety of chemicals that precipitation washes from the land into streams and rivers. Common nonpoint source pollution includes oil residue, fertilizers, pesticides, pet waste, and soil. As water moves through the watershed, it picks up more and more nonpoint source pollution. This harms the quality of your watershed and others downstream. What can I do to protect my watershed? State and local governments, volunteer groups, and water quality professionals are working together across Indiana in Watershed Planning Groups. These groups study water quality, find the source of problems, and develop plans to improve our waters. There are many ways that you can participate in watershed planning groups. Common activities include helping develop a watershed improvement plan, educating neighborhoods about good water quality practices, and waterway cleanup projects. Conclusion Pollution isn't cute. It may be easier to leave pet waste on the ground, but what if every Hoosier did the same thing? Multiply your choice by the six million people living in Indiana. Remember, it is the little things that we do every day that can help, or harm, water quality the most. Take a minute to do what is best for our water. Find out more about nonpoint source pollution, and how to improve water quality by going to this website: http://www.in.gov/idem/nps/2369.htm . It's your watershed, your home, your future!
Establishing Conservation Easements
 
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Ranchers & Sage Grouse Find the Elbow Room They Need to Make A Living Why are record-breaking numbers of ranchers signing up for conservation easements in high-abundance sage grouse areas? Rangewide, a quarter-million acres will remain as working ranches without threat of subdivision.
Conservation Agriculture: helping small farmers
 
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Conservation agriculture (CA) aims to achieve sustainable and profitable agriculture and subsequently aimes at improved livelihoods of farmers through the application of the three CA principles: minimal soil disturbance, permanent soil cover and crop rotations. CA holds tremendous potential for all sizes of farms and agro-ecological systems, but its adoption is perhaps most urgently required by smallholder farmers, especially those facing acute labour shortages. It is a way to combine profitable agricultural production with environmental concerns and sustainability and it has been proven to work in a variety of agroecological zones and farming systems. It is been perceived by practitioners as a valid tool for Sustainable Land Management (SLM).
Views: 3240 Jose Benites
Watershed Management: "Adventures of Junior Raindrop" 1948 US Forest Service
 
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Water, Water Supply, Water Treatment... playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL24B5221AB0AE1146 more at http://scitech.quickfound.net/environment/environment_news.html "U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service. Delinquent raindrop explains the need for good watershed management." Reupload of a previously uploaded film with improved video & sound. Public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied. The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original). http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watershed_management Watershed management is the study of the relevant characteristics of a watershed aimed at the sustainable distribution of its resources and the process of creating and implementing plans, programs, and projects to sustain and enhance watershed functions that affect the plant, animal, and human communities within a watershed boundary. Features of a watershed that agencies seek to manage include water supply, water quality, drainage, stormwater runoff, water rights, and the overall planning and utilization of watersheds. Landowners, land use agencies, stormwater management experts, environmental specialists, water use purveyors and communities all play an integral part in the management of a watershed. Sources of pollution In an agricultural landscape, common contributors to water pollution are nutrients and sediment which typically enter stream systems after rainfall washes them off poorly managed agricultural fields, called surface runoff, or flushes them out of the soil through leaching. These types of pollutants are considered nonpoint source pollution because the exact point where the pollutant originated cannot be identified. Such pollutants remain a major issue for water ways because the inability to trace their sources hinders any attempt to limit the pollution. Point source pollution originates a specific point of contamination such as if a manure containment structure fails and its contents enter the drainage system. In urban landscapes, issues of soil loss through erosion, from construction sites for example, and nutrient enrichment from lawn fertilizers exist. Point source pollution, such as effluent from waste water treatment plants and other industries play a much larger role in this setting. Also, the greatly increased area of impervious surfaces, such as concrete, combined with modern storm drainage systems, allows for water and the contaminants that it can carry with it to exit the urban landscape quickly and end up in the nearest stream. Controlling pollution In agricultural systems, common practices include the use of buffer strips, grassed waterways, the reestablishment of wetlands, and forms of sustainable agriculture practices such as conservation tillage, crop rotation and intercropping. After certain practices are installed, it is important to continually monitor these systems to ensure that they are working properly in terms of improving environmental quality. In urban settings, managing areas to prevent soil loss and control stormwater flow are a few of the areas that receive attention. A few practices that are used to manage stormwater before it reaches a channel are retention ponds, filtering systems and wetlands. It is important that stormwater is given an opportunity to infiltrate so that the soil and vegetation can act as a "filter" before the water reaches nearby streams or lakes. In the case of soil erosion prevention, a few common practices include the use of silt fences, landscape fabric with grass seed and hydroseeding. The main objective in all cases is to slow water movement to prevent soil transport... Governance The second World Water Forum held in The Hague in March 2000 raised some controversies that exposed the multilateral nature and imbalance in the demand and supply management of freshwater. While donor organisations, private and government institutions backed by the World Bank, believe that freshwater should be governed as an economic good by appropriate pricing, NGOs however, held that freshwater resources should be seen as a social good. The concept of network governance where all stakeholders form partnerships and voluntarily share ideas towards forging a common vision can be used to resolve this clash of opinion in freshwater management. Also, the implementation of any common vision presents a new role for NGOs because of their unique capabilities in local community coordination, thus making them a valuable partner in network governance...
Views: 3359 Jeff Quitney
Call Before You Cut
 
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http://mdc.mo.gov/node/31863 It's a pretty good bet that many landowners would benefit from expert advice when it comes to managing their woodlands, especially if they are thinking about harvesting timber. That's because caring for forested property is a long-term proposition where decisions landowners make can have long-term impacts on trees, water and wildlife. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages woodland owners to use the Call Before You Cut program to consult with professional foresters and trained loggers before they make decisions about their property. "If you've got more than 20 acres of forested property, Call Before You Cut can help you determine whether a timber harvest is right for your land," MDC Forestry Field Program Supervisor Steve Westin said. "Whether you're looking at your timber as a source of income or a way to improve habitat for deer, turkey or other wildlife, your woods are a valuable resource." Landowners can call toll-free (877-564-7483) to request a packet of information that will help them set up a timber sale, contact professional help, and find other management information for their woods. For more details: http://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/make-smart-decisions-your-timber-sale-and-call-you-cut
Views: 231402 moconservation
New tools for catchment planning (HD)
 
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Simon Linke from the University of Queensland discusses how the new eWater model, Catchment Planner can be used to optimise management of areas with various degrees of conservation value within a catchment, and predicts the biodiversity value of river reaches. eWater acknowledges the support of our partners. University of Queensland Griffith University Department of Sustainability and Environment (Vic) Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW) Department of Environment and Resource Management (Qld) Brisbane City Council South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership
Views: 275 eWater
"Forest Conservation and Climate Change" - 2013 lecture by Dr. David Cleaves
 
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Promoting ecosystem resilience in the face of climate change will require adapting our science, policy, and practices. But it could also mean new opportunities, says Dr. David Cleaves, the climate change adviser to the chief of the U.S. Forest Service, in the 2013 Lynn W. Day Lecture.
Views: 616 foresthistory
How Indigenous Peoples Are Changing the Way Canada Thinks About Conservation
 
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How Indigenous Peoples Are Changing the Way Canada Thinks About Conservation From the historic agreement that created the Great Bear Rainforest to B.C.’s Dasiqox Tribal Park to uniquely co-managed forest resources in Labrador, Indigenous-led conservation efforts are transforming the way Canadians understand and practice conservation. Far from the colonial idea of preserving natural landscapes from human incursion, Indigenous land use plans put sustainable human-nature relationships that seek to revitalize traditional cultural practices at the centre. It’s a vision of conservation and land use planning that can help Canada deliver on its promise of reconciliation and a renewed nation to nation relationship, according to Valérie Courtois, director of Indigenous Leadership Initiative. In the recent federal budget, the Trudeau government committed $1.3 billion towards the creation of protected areas in Canada and some of those dollars are specially earmarked to support Indigenous participation. We asked Courtois to speak with DeSmog Canada about Indigenous-led conservation, why it’s important and how it could transform Canada from the ground up. This interview has been condensed and edited for brevity and clarity. In the federal government’s most recent budget there was a big emphasis on support for Indigenous participation in conservation. Does this represent a changing tide when it comes to the way we view the creation of protected areas in Canada? Yes. Certainly the courts have been pretty clear on these things and — to government’s credit — it feels like they’re not just doing the bare minimum of what the courts have asked them to do in this reconciliation process. This is really about resetting and renewing the relationship between crown governments and Indigenous peoples. At the same time as that’s happening there’s also a real nationhood movement within Indigenous peoples — we have a population that is more educated, getting more sophisticated in terms of its political strategies and voices and certainly has never had more capacity to manage lands within a modern land management context. I’m not dismissing exciting governance systems of lands that were there for thousands of years, but this movement towards nationhood and the seriousness of being nations is happening at this same time as this recognition is happening. We not only have the ability to fill that space but be very creative and provide leaders in that space because of this movement that’s happening in our communities too. Do you see conservation as pathway to nationhood and community revitalization? For me it’s hard to talk about Indigenous nations outside the context of my own but when we think about nationhood it’s all about who you are where you are — who you are within the land that is your home. And conservation is one of the tools that allows us to fulfill a responsibility to our land within the reality of it being the central core of who we are as nations. Much of our nationhood over time has been undermined because of the impacts on that relationship, whether that’s residential schools that took us away from the land or crazy development projects. So, for example, if you’re a member of West Moberly First Nation in northeastern B.C., it’s very tough to be who you are on that landscape, especially if you consider the community’s historic relationship with caribou.
Species conservation starts at home | Carlos Drews | TEDxEcoleHôtelièreLausanne
 
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The animal world is a planet full of mystery, however we share one planet earth and all of our actions have an impact on them. How better to understand our relationship with animals other than by bringing in someone who has spent his career studying and observing them? Dr. Carlos Drews will help us to understand the influence that we have on golden toaps or how our life can change thanks to Frodo, a young male chimpanzee.  Dr. Carlos Drews is the current Director of the WWF’s Global Species Program. He is Columbian and German, but currently resides in Nyon, Switzerland. Dr. Drews has a Ph.D. in Zoology from Cambridge University and has carried out research into wildlife and behavioral ecology in Africa and Latin America. Before joining WWF in 2003, he was on the academic staff at the International Institute for Wildlife Conservation and Management, based at the National University of Costa Rica. He started up WWF´s marine work in Latin America and stayed on the project until 2009. This work included the conservation of marine turtles, whales and dolphins, fisheries, and marine habitats. Dr Drew’s publications address animal behavior, attitudes and practices toward nature in Central America, the economics of marine turtle consumption and conservation, and how we can adapt to climate change. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Land Transformation: Improving Habitat and Water Quality
 
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The Fellsmere Water Management Area, part of the Upper St. Johns River Basin Project, in Florida is being converted from former farmland to a manmade wetland to improve water quality. A collaboration between the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will also enhance wildlife habitat in the project area.
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Technology for Today's Conservationist
 
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A Google TechTalk, 3/21/17, presented by Steve Schill ABSTRACT: The ever-increasing pace of technology is providing more tools and information with more detail to more people in more places around the world. For conservationists, this is an exciting time to employ new tools, yet the challenge is to use technology wisely and connect different technologies to the correct people who can use them more effectively. This presentation will provide a brief overview of how technologies such as remote sensing, cloud computing, smart phone apps, and crowdsourcing are providing real-time and near-real time information to conservation efforts around the world. Several case studies will show examples of how these technologies are being used and how data are being collected, processed, and analyzed at different spatial and temporal scales for use by resource managers to identify threats and develop mitigation strategies. Speaker Info: Dr. Steve Schill is Senior Scientist for The Nature Conservancy's Caribbean Program, directing all mapping, modeling and measures work across the insular Caribbean. He has nearly twenty years of professional experience using GIS and remote sensing techniques for natural resource management. He received his doctorate in remote sensing from the University of South Carolina where he managed NASA research projects and taught graduate coursework. His research interests include GIS-based conservation decision-making and tool development, multi-objective marine zoning, and capacity building in geospatial technologies. He works with local governments across the Caribbean to identify high priority conservation areas, improve management capacity, and implement monitoring measures.
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Model My Watershed for Resource Management
 
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This webinar shows resource managers, conservation practitioners, and municipal decision-makers how to use the Model My Watershed web app (http://wikiwatershed.org/model/) to analyze real land use, soil and other data for an area of interest, model stormwater runoff and water-quality impacts, and compare how different conservation or development scenarios could modify runoff and water quality.
The Power of Science in Sustainable Development
 
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When the League of Women Voters of Jo Daviess County was recognized with the Effective Community Engagement Award at the organization’s 52nd National Convention June 16-19, it represented powerful example of citizen action to influence healthy development, effective land use-planning, and resource management. They were honored for spearheading a two-year effort to develop a new county-wide Water Resource Management Plan, completed in June, including a list of continuing actions that they hope will guide future decisions on appropriate land use and resource protection in the future. It was also a triumph for science. The geology of Jo Daviess County is unusual and complex and its citizens have drawn on the expertise of the Prairie Research Institute for nearly a decade to understand the importance of knowing what lies beneath our feet.