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Environmental Science Theme: Land and Water Use Unit 4: Other Land Use Lesson Name: Land Conservation Options.

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1 Environmental Science Theme: Land and Water Use Unit 4: Other Land Use Lesson Name: Land Conservation Options

2 Objective Westlake AP Environmental Science Students will work in teams to evaluate mitigation banking for wetlands and habitat conservation planning for threatened and endangered species habitats.

3 The Big Understanding Wetland ecosystems in Texas (and throughout the U.S.) have been disappearing at an alarming rate for decades. Habitats that support T&E species are threatened by development and fragmentation. Conservation strategies that go beyond site approaches are efficient approaches to these large scale societal problems.

4 Opening Hook Galveston Island wetland conservation planning (condensed version of PowerPoint presented at last CF staff meeting by Jamie Oliver)

5 Instructional/Student Activities Teams of four students will review definitions of mitigation banking and HCP planning from the Federal Register (web URLs will be provided) Each team will evaluate an example of the conservation process in Texas and create a PowerPoint to present to the rest of the class about the status and effectiveness of the project. Upload files to class wiki.

6 Materials - Pg 1 “What is Mitigation Banking”, National Mitigation Banking Association, atismitigationbanking.html atismitigationbanking.html “Habitat Conservation Plan” in servation_Planhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habitat_Con servation_Plan

7 Grouping Patterns

8 Extensions

9 Ending/Summary/Reflections Take five minutes at the end of class to summarize the benefits of mitigation banking and the HCP process. Add a paragraph to today’s page on the class wiki.


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