What is conservation?
- Prairie land conservation is when people protect wildlife habitats, conserve soils and ground water, and retain prime agricultural land.
Theodore Roosevelt and Conservation
"The conservation legacy of Theodore Roosevelt is found in the 230 million acres of public lands he helped establish during his presidency. Much of that land - 150 millions acres - was set aside as national forests. ... The idea was to conserve forests for continued use."
- Theodore Roosevelt was considered the conservationalist president.
- He also started the USFS which is the United States Forest Service, which is now national parks.
- Roosevelt founded the Grand Canyon as a national monument.
Advantages and disadvamtages of using Prairie Land Conservation
- There are many benefits to Prairie land conservation
- The benefits range from children enjoying the outdoors, to hunters, to landowners.
- Hunters enjoy Prairie Land conservation because if you didn't conserve the prairie land then most of the animals that they would be trying to hunt wouldn't be there.
- Keeps the habitat in a particular region in its native form.
- Some disadvantages are poachers, limited space for wildlife and the game that is living there, animals living in confined space, habitat could have a shortened life because of economical issues, less area to grow crops or buildings.
- Poachers will be tempted by seeing a sign saying that area is preserved for specific wildlife.
- Wildlife would only be able to live in a certain area but if it wasn't then they could live wherever they please.
- The animals and wildlife living in a certain area could die off quicker because of economical issues such as people littering, or just not taking care of the space or not having enough food for the habitat.
- Because of the conserved space for wildlife, that only means that there is less space to grow crops and other buildings.
Where can you find Prairie land and where is it being destroyed?
- Prairie land is usually located in states like North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.
- There are beginning to be many threats to prairies.
- Global warming can cause the grasslands to turn into deserts.
- Most grassland is being used for agricultural purposes.
Prairie destroyed for crops
- A bison bull weighs up to 2,000 pounds and a cow weighs up to 1,000.
- In Iowa, 99.9% of the natural landscape is gone.
- Prairies formed around 8,000 years ago.
- Tall grass prairies once covered 142 million acres.
- 40% of the United States was once covered by prairies.