There may be hidden value or potential
right at your feet in stewardship practices you already do or could
incorporate with ease into your on-farm systems and create ecosystem
The concept of ecosystem services is
fairly simple. Healthy soil grows healthy crops. Healthy forests
produce clean air. Healthy watersheds provide clean water all year
long. Every thing we do on the landscape affects an ecosystem. How
much change an ecosystem can take before it can no longer do its job
depends on the rate of change and the type of ecosystem. You are an
ecosystem and so is the planet.
You can cut your finger and get on with
your day, but then there is the phrase, “death by 1,000 cuts.”
You can call just about any functioning system an ecosystem – your
farm, your geographical region, the watershed of your local creek or
the North American Great Plains region. No matter the size or type of
the ecosystem it will have shocks it can tolerate and gradual
degradation that will eventually kill it.
Ecosystem services come from healthy
systems, so what role can landowners and managers play in mitigating
large scale ecosystem degradation?
This is the question the Ecoservices Network working group wants to answer. Its stated intent is to find a way for landowners to access a market for stewardship of landscapes. Visit the website and learn about its activities and member groups.
Created March 20, 2020 | Category: News Articles