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Sustainability and Natural Landscape Stewardship: A US Conservation Case Study

  • Johanna Kovarik
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Abstract

The terms “natural” and “landscape” encompass a range of interpretations and definitions, particularly when discussed in terms of sustainability. Key issues center on the complexity and lack of consistency in geographic, biologic, or temporal boundaries and scales for what defines a particular ecosystem condition, and dynamics of the presence and influence of humans. This evolving exchange about “what is natural” illustrates the changing cognizance and values of society for maintaining ecosystems. The roots of sustainability can be traced to early forestry, and the policies of the US Forest Service provide a case study for examining the coalescence of the domains of sustainability into the agency’s mission today. The environmental policies of the US government reflect the country’s struggle toward an ecological conscience.

Keywords

Natural landscapes Sustainability Conservation Natural resource management US Forest Service 

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  • Johanna Kovarik
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  1. 1.University of South FloridaTampaUSA

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