Who is Doing Business on a Working Landscape?

All businesses use land. Some businesses like forestry, construction, and mining make their living selling the land and its natural resources. Others, like farms, make their living using the land growing crops and raising animals. Still others, like restaurants or convenience stores, have almost nothing to do with the land except to use it as a place to locate their business. No matter how businesses make their money, it can be difficult for businesses to fit into a working landscape unless they attempt to strike a balance between economics, ecological, and social needs.

You may find many types of businesses in a working landscape. They each fit into a landscape differently. For the landscape to be considered a working landscape, each of these businesses must decide how they affect the ecology and fulfill our social needs. You may find that some of these businesses have to work harder to be part of a working landscape. Or, they may not belong in a working landscape at all. What considerations do you think should be made before starting a business in a landscape?
Guided tours Landfill Car repair garage
Chemical company Power plant Factory
Mine Laundromat Cemetery
Marina Bus station Airport
Amusement park Research station Landscape company
Retail shop Pet breeders Gas station
Manufacturing plant Car dealership Colleges/Universities
Museum Lumber company Mall
Taxis Grocery store Paper mill
Zoo Printing shop Resort
Golf course Ski lodge Meat packing plant
Movie theatre Department store Junkyard
Restaurant Campground Farm

Can you think of any other business not on this list that might do business in a working landscape?

Explore More: Working Landscapes
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