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2 A History of Conservation in the United States

3 Exploitation - Wasting l A. When people were few there was little need for conservation 1. Wise management is beginning to replace short sighted exploitation.

4 Exploitation - wasting l 2. World population is doubling every decade. l 3. Accelerate progress is natural resource management.

5 History of conservation movement l A. Wildlife Management 1. When the settlers came the colonies were covered largely by mature forests broken only by streams, marshes, and natural meadows.

6 History of conservation movement 2. Forests could support vast flocks of passenger pigeons 3. Streams supported beaver populations

7 History of conservation movement 4. Marshes support large flocks of waterfowl 5. Deer, turkey, quail, and many other important game animals require clearings.

8 History of conservation movement 6. Hunters could depopulate deer herds along the coast a. further inland they found fewer deer and hunting was less successful.

9 Regulations l regulations on deer hunting were imposed by Newport, RI. l Connecticut and Massachusetts imposed limits on deer hunting, by then deer herds were almost gone in those areas.

10 Regulations l New York Sporting Club formed. A. became the New York State Game Protective Society. B. promoted restrictions against market hunters

11 Regulations l first fish and game commission formed in Massachusetts.

12 Market hunters l 1. Hunting and trapping for fur and meat animals became big business overnight. l 2. Market hunters found that their quarry could be taken all year long.

13 Market hunters l 3. Passenger pigeons could be killed most easily during the nesting season. A. led to extinction

14 Market hunters l Buffalo herds came close to extinction for the same reasons

15 The road back l 1. The Lacey Act 1900, first federal act dealing with wildlife was passed. A. made interstate transport of game taken against the law a federal crime.

16 The road back b. killed market hunting and saved many species from destruction l US and Great Britain signed the Migratory Bird Treaty

17 The road back l Federal Migratory Bird Act was passed a. protection of migratory waterfowl that breed in Canada and fly across the US each year.

18 The road back l Aldo Leopold published Game Management l Duck Stamp Act was passed

19 The road back a. first year raised revenues of $600,000 b. now raise up to $6 million a year c. finance numerous projects to protect and expand North American waterfowl population.

20 The road back l US Fish and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Interior formed.

21 The road back l 7. Most conservationist efforts have been led and funded by hunters and fisherman and have made possible much of our wildlife abundance.

22 Forest Management l 1. Timber Management a. 5,000 years ago in China b. 4,000 years ago in Egypt

23 Forest Management c. Romans imported wood from their conquered lands before the birth of Christ d. 1,000 A.D. Europeans were running our of wood

24 Forest Management l First ordinance controlling sale of timber passed in Plymouth Colony l several colonies passed laws against burning forests.

25 Forest Management l 4. Late 1700s and early 1800s preservation centered around saving live oaks for building war ships a. this practice ended during the Civil War

26 Forest Management l 5. US forests produced about a billion board feet of lumber in 1840 l billion board feet. l billion board feet.

27 Forest Management l 8. Forests were harvested to pay for other enterprises or were cleared and burned for farming.

28 Forest Management l the American Forestry Association organized to promote timber culture and forestry

29 Forest Management l 10. Forestry agent appointed to the USDA l 11. Forestry office became Division of Forestry of USDA in 1881.

30 Forest Management l Congress created forest reserves from public lands a million acres of forest reserves b. controlled under the Department of the Interior

31 Forest Management l 13. Gifford Pinchot head of USDA Forestry Department in 1898 l became US Forest Service

32 Forest Management l 15. Pinchot and T. Roosevelt expanded the national forest service, covered 182 million acres in 1983.

33 Forest Management l 16. The Weeks Law 1911 gave the President authority to purchase forest lands for river water shed protection

34 Forest Management a. linked forestry with soil and water conservation, waterway transportation and flood control.

35 Forest Management l 17. WWI expanded federal role in the forestry business. A. Timber was needed for the war and thousands of soldiers were used to harvest it.

36 Forest Management l 18. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was involved in forestry work during the Great Depression

37 Forest Management l 19. WWII and post war house building created another expansion in the need for timber.

38 Soil Conservation l 1. Early mentality was to farm today leave tomorrow to take care of itself.

39 Soil Conservation l 2. Wherever land was tillable it was cleared for agricultural production without regard for its potential a. hillsides in Georgia were row cropped

40 Soil Conservation b. grasslands in the southwest were overgrazed. l 3. Early soil conservation meant preventing gully and sheet erosion.

41 Soil Conservation l first USDA soil conservation bulletin published Soil Erosion - A National Menace l Soil Erosion Service established (Dept of Int)

42 Soil Conservation l SES moved to the Dept of Ag and changed name to Soil Conservation Service (SCS)

43 Soil Conservation l developed a system for giving grants to farmers active in conservation to pay for terraces, tilling, and drainage systems.

44 Soil Conservation a. regulated by USDAs Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS)

45 Soil Conservation l President F D Roosevelt established soil conservation districts within each state

46 Water Management l Mississippi River Commission set up to help states improve the river as a waterway.

47 Water Management l 2. Rivers and Harbors Acts of 1917 and 1927 maintain navigable waterways. l Erie Canal completed to connect the Great Lakes with the Hudson River.

48 Water Management l 4. Early emphasis was not on conservation but on transportation l 5. Late 1920s federal govt began to assume some responsibility for flood control.

49 Water Management l Flood Control Act authorized SCS to develop plans for upstream soil and water conservation to reduce sedimentation and flooding.

50 Water Management l Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act made state and local responsible for decision making.

51 Water Management l 8. Federal legislation in the 1960s and 1970s emphasized health concerns of waste water treatment

52 Water Management l 9. Low water tables in the western states have resulted from deep-well drilling.

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