Working Landscapes Defined

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Working landscapes involve social, ecological, and economic elements. If you aren't sure what those elements are or how they work together, this section will give you the answers.

What is a working Landscape?
A 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 and animals.

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 sustainability—everyone's needs are met in a way that will maintain the landscape into the future.


Explore a Working Landscape!
What things might you find on a working landscape?
What challenges does a working landscape face?
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Explore More: Working Landscapes
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