working landscape is an area where people live and work in a way that
allows the native ecosystem to be sustained. Business and social activities
are done in a way that minimizes the disturbance of native plants
A working landscape
is an area where humans work as responsible members of a natural
ecosystem. Ideally, all of the people within a working landscape
are balancing their own needs with the needs of the environment.
Striking that delicate balance is defined as mutual everyone's
needs are met in a way that will maintain the landscape into the
achieve mutual sustainability, three elements need to work together:
the social element, ecological element, and economic element. These
three elements help us understand what a working landscape is. Economics
involves money. Social needs and wants are the ways we live our
lives. Ecology is the environment and ecosystem. In a working landscape,
these three parts are related..
is necessary for any working landscape. Economics, social needs,
and ecology must be given equal importance within a working landscape.
This kind of balance is called mutual sustainability. People who
live and work within a working landscape are balancing their own
needs with the needs of the environment. Everyone and thing's needs
are met in a way that maintains the landscape well into the future.
Maintaining or enhancing
the environment while we use the land for social purposes and economic
development is sustainability.
landscapes exist in an environment. An environment includes, but
is not limited to, environmental conditions affecting the life,
development, and survival of organisms. Humans are able to adapt
to most conditions, but not all (extreme heat and cold). An environment
could include, but is not limited to, wind, rain, type of soil,
plants, shelter, animals, temperature, and light. Everything and
everyone lives in an environment. Many organisms require a specific
environment for their survival.
ecosystem is all of the living and non-living parts of a given area
in nature and their relationship to one another. An evergreen forest,
a tall grass , a cypress swamp are all examples of ecosystems.
Within the environment of a working landscape there may be several
types of ecosystems.
All organisms within
an ecosystem are connected to one another, directly or indirectly.
A plant that relies on a specific insect for pollination is an example
of a direct connection. An owl that feeds on mice that eat plants
seeds is indirectly connected to the insect that pollinates the
a Working Landscape?
all places can be working landscapes. Places that aren't working
landscapes aren't necessarily bad. In some places, we want to protect
or preserve the natural state of the land far into the future. In
these places, the ecology of the land is a higher priority than
the economic or social needs. In other places, like cities and some
industrial areas, the economic or social needs have been given priority
being a working landscape is a very bad thing. There are places
where human activity or nature has drastically altered the area
to such an extent that the land cannot sustain native inhabitants
or any human economic or social function.