Land management is how we treat the land and how we maintain it for
future use. Which landowners do a better job treating the land and
keeping it healthy, or ? Its not
an easy question to answer because there are so many different ways
to manage land. Land management can become a complex issue because
some landscapes are very fragile.
philosopher Will Rogers once said, "Buy land. They aint
makin it anymore" This applies to fragile, unique, and
ordinary land. So who should own the scenic fragile landscapes?
There are private, non-government landowners such as independent
citizens, non-profit organization, and corporations. There are public
lands owned by city, county, state, or federal government agencies.
Does it matter who owns these landscapes?
that are considered "sensitive," "fragile,"
or "unique" need extra special attention to prevent their
destruction. These special landscapes risk having their scenery,
air and water quality, , and animal challenged
by inappropriate development. These landscapes also risk having
their resources depleted. Once their special qualities are gone,
theyre gone forever.
is also an issue. Do people have the right to visit fragile and
scenic locations? What if these lands are privately owned? Can the
owners charge a fee to use the land?
When comparing public and private owners to determine who manages
the land better, its important to look at individual owners
or ownership groups within the public and private sectors.
do you think?
Who should control sensitive and unique environments?
the Loess Hills Become a National Park?
you ever visited a national parkmaybe the Grand Canyon or
Mammoth Caves? These publicly owned areas are certainly unique and
Not a Working Landscape
preserved landscape is a habitat area that is taken out of production
so that it can retain its natural state into the future. This is
land with a quality or characteristic that makes it distinct and
were once the primary form of getting both people and products from
one town to another through the first half of the twentieth century.
Their popularity eventually gave way to the car, semi-truck, and airplane.
As fewer people and products used the trains, the railroads abandoned
Media Mogul and Working Landscape Architect
Turner is the largest private landowner in the United States. This
media billionaire (owner of TBS, CNN, TNT, the Cartoon Network)
owns nearly two million acres of ranchland in Florida, Kansas, Montana,
Nebraska, New Mexico, South Carolina, and South Dakota. More
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the public has the right to visit the beaches, but private homes
line the beach areas. Are private
landowners restricting the public's right to the beach? This
article looks into it.
Babbit, former Secretary of the Interior, discusses
what it took for him to get people together around public land,
monuments, forests, and parks.
In the southeast United States, states like Tennessee are having
issues with logging. Some loggers have switched from selective
loggingcutting down the largest and most valuable treesto
clear cutting entire areas. Here what outdoor enthusiasts, property
owners, loggers, and local politicians have to say about it.
Department of Natural Resources
"The department's mission is to manage, protect, conserve,
and develop Iowa's natural resources in cooperation with other public
and private organizations and individuals, so that the quality of
life for Iowans is significantly enhanced by the use, enjoyment
and understanding of those resources."
Division of Forests and Prairies
See the kinds of programs the DNR provides rural land owners.
Neil Smith National
Research the animals of the tallgrass prairie. This wildlife refuge
in Iowa is the largest reconstructed tallgrass prairie in the United
The National Wildlife
The National Wildlife Federation, the nation's largest member supported
conservation group, provides information on endangered species,
water quality, and wetland conservation. These are issues that affect
working landscapes. The site includes "Saving
our Watersheds: A Field Guide to Watershed Restoration."
Jersey Land Use Regulation Program
New Jersey looks at its needs for wetlands when developing land.
This site explains the Freshwater Wetlands Program and explains
what land developers needs to know before changes can be made to
"The Rice River Paradox" is a story that appeared in Saskatchewan
Naturally, a magazine out of Saskatchewan, Canada. This article
looks at the role of the Rice River and whether it fits into a working
landscape because of the special qualities it has for the environment.
The Florida Everglades is a unique wetland environment. It exists
nowhere else in the world. The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration
Plan (CERP) is a project that is looking to fix some of the problems
that the Florida Everglades is experiencing. This site gives you
an in-depth look at the CERP, the Everglades, and related issues.