A state nature preserve SNP is a legally dedicated area that has been recognized for its natural significance and protected by law for scientific and educational purposes. Dedicated state nature preserves are established solely to protect and preserve rare species and the natural environment. Public visitation is encouraged but closely regulated to protect the natural integrity of the preserve so that it may be passed on unimpaired to future generations.
Can we take responsibility for an increasingly human-driven planet? The idea is that we needed a new planetary marker to account for the scale of human changes to the Earth: It seems to be a particularly bitter pill to swallow for nature preservationists, heirs to the American tradition led by writers, scientists and activists such as John Muir, Aldo Leopold, David Brower, Rachel Carson and Edward Abbey.
Given this situation, we felt the time was ripe to explore the impact of the Anthropocene on the idea and practice of nature preservation. Our plan was to create a salon, a Nature preservation of literary summit.
But we wanted to cut to the chase: We invited a distinguished group of environmental writers — scientists, philosophers, historians, journalists, agency administrators and activists — to give it their best shot. The essays appear in the new collection, After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans.
Getting the chronology right, it turns out, matters less than we might think. Should it coincide with the late Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions?
The rise of agriculture?
The birth of the industrial era in the 19th century? The midth century uptick in carbon emissions?
Wherever we peg it, McNeill argues, the future of nature preservation in America will increasingly be shaped by environmental traditions more congruent with notions of a human-driven world.
What we need instead, he suggests, is to focus on restoring a bipartisan politics able to cope with the challenges of living in and managing a human-driven world.
Regardless of how the Anthropocene debate plays out, environmental science and policy experts Norm Christensen and Jack Ward Thomas remind everyone how hard it is to implement whatever we want on the ground without unexpected consequences. Thomas, a former chief of the US Forest Service, describes how the unpredictability of ecosystems can result in cases in which the preservationist agenda becomes complicated as ecosystems change in surprising ways for instance, when an unplanned growth in the barred owl population starts to displace the protected northern spotted owl in the Pacific Northwest.
The Anthropocene has become an environmentalist Rorshach.
Mark Klett Much of the discussion of the Anthropocene must hinge on values. But many of our authors conclude that it also needs grounding in a deeper and more nuanced understanding of history. As historians Donald Worster and Curt Meine point out, even if purist notions of the wilderness may no longer be realistic in the Anthropocene, it would be a grave mistake to jettison our environmental traditions and the commitment to protecting as much wildness as we can.
Even so, many suggest that nature conservation will have to evolve in order to reflect a more diverse constituency, an urban population not well served by the older preservationist values and images.conservation - the preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources preservation, saving - the activity of protecting something from loss or danger conservancy - the official conservation of trees and soil and rivers etc.
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives. Nature Preservation Project will restore and preserve habitat for animals, birds and countless other wildlife while bringing you photographs to enjoy.
The essays appear in the new collection, After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans.
Getting the chronology right, it turns out, matters less than we might think. Natural Area Preservation (NAP) works to protect and restore Ann Arbor’s natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic among its citizens.
This involves conducting plant and animal inventories, ecological monitoring, and stewardship projects in Ann Arbor parks. Conservation and preservation are closely linked and may indeed seem to mean the same thing. Both terms involve a degree of protection, but how that is protection is carried out is the key difference.
Conservation is generally associated with the protection of natural resources, while preservation.