Public Land Management
In the face of increased environmental catastrophes such as global warming, landslides, desertification, and flash floods, the case for environmental management is valid now more than ever before. In light of this, governments and individuals have a responsibility of ensuring there is a sustainable utilization of their land and ecosystem. Simply put, sustainable land and ecosystem management is the use of these resources in a manner that they can consistently yield high returns and value for both the current and future generations. In order to achieve this objective, land and ecosystem management should focus on renewability, adaptability, stewardship, and equity.
Sustainable Land and Ecosystem Management
Generally, renewability requires that individuals should use land and eco resources in a manner that does not permanently impair their productivity or negatively affect the environment. In this case, individuals should adopt and embrace the concept of no net loss, restoration, and balance. Basically, no net loss requires the land to be used in a manner that its current and future productivity is maintained. On the other hand, restoration is concerned with the prudent management of degraded lands, which have been used in the extraction of non-renewable resources. Finally, individuals must exercise balance in the manner that they utilize land and other resources. Consequently, individuals must use land in a way that it will satisfy current and future human needs.
In general, adaptability is based on the ideology that some changes and impacts on the environment may not be clearly known. In this case, individuals must embrace science and adaptive management practices. Basically, natural calamities such as fire, drought, and climatic changes are difficult to identify and control. With this in mind, policymakers must prudently come up with regulations that are in tune with these changes. On the same breath, the management of public land should use the most suitable and sustainable scientific technologies in the implementation and formation of policies on public land.
Concerning stewardship, all individuals have the responsibility of implementing practical and sustainable measures on the conservation of public land. In order to achieve this goal, they must exercise land ethics, which is the utilization of land in a sustainable manner. Similarly, they must be willing to partner with other who are willing to take care of the environment. Finally, they must have a sense of obligation and responsibility to take care of the environment.
Regarding equity, land should be utilized in a manner that has a sustainable and fair contribution to the society, economy, and environment. In order to achieve the goal of fair and orderly utilization of land, people must always focus on the long-term effects of the various ways that they utilize the land. In addition, they must exercise unity by realizing that its effective utilization entails a universal approach since it has various stakeholders such as the private landowners.
The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management
Basically, the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management ensures that are the U.S. forests are utilized in a manner that is sustainable and beneficial to the society, economy, and environment. In order to achieve this objective, this institution requires all stakeholders to meet and agree on the most appropriate way of utilizing non-renewable resources found in these forests. For example, this institution has requested all stakeholders to meet and discuss the procedures to be used in the extraction of natural gas that is in 43,000 acres in the Talladega National Forest (United States Department of Agriculture). By requiring these stakeholders to meet, the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management has considered that this forest has social, economic, and environmental benefits to the U.S. citizens.
To sum up, sustainable management of land has significant effects on a country’s social, economic, and environmental wellbeing. In order to ensure that all stakeholders benefit from proper utilization of land, governments must ensure that the elements of renewability, adaptability, stewardship, and equity are considered. In practice, these elements directly affect the sustainability of the land. Moreover, a sustainable utilization of land guarantees that current and future generation will get maximum benefits from the land.
United States Department of Agriculture. “US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Announce Longer Time Period for Information Sharing on Talladega National Forest Natural Gas Lease Issue.” Dol.gov. U.S. Department of Agriculture, 10th August 2016. Web. 10th August 2016.