Term Paper: Wildlife Management There Are Abundant

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[. . .] (M2 Presswire, 2001,unpaged) This may have a more immediate effect, at least on the ability of the tribes to obtain trout from the streams.

The Ruffled Grouse Society and Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association have also begun programs that involve conservation and recreation. The groups have found that "good woodland management not only benefits the landowner by improving forest stands, but it also produces more wildlife. And, most landowners today own land for wildlife benefits, whether that's for viewing or hunting." (Eisele, 2003, unpaged)

Deer hunting might be the most popular hunting sport. The Mississippi Business Journal noted that it does have significant benefits to landowners. Tara Wildlife Management Services in that state is an organization that was founded on a small scale in the mid-1980s. The organization's mission is to prove that wildlife habitat can become economically sustainable through integrated management practices and multiple use of the land for agriculture, timber and wildlife. The organization realized that it would need to be economically beneficial to landowners as well; it consults with landowners on how they can work to benefit the environment will putting money into their pockets. "The guiding principle is simple. A farmer, forester or land developer sets aside a portion of land as habitat for waterfowl or whitetail deer. The revenues made through hunting and wildlife related activities can be equal to or greater than if crops or timber had been planted." Soon, the landowner is making money for doing nothing, which is the organization's goal. (Leffler, 1992, unpaged)


It is apparent that there are many ways to derive both economic and social benefits from using land, agricultural or woodland, as both working farm or forest and for additional uses. Wealthy people are able to do this with their own funds; less wealthy people and organizations can locate at least some government funding to help with the conservation parts of their desire to conserve resources while also deriving an income and building a land-based lifestyle. While its main efforts involve easements for urban edge agricultural property, the American Farmland Trust is an organization that may offer a model for people and organizations that want to preserve resources for the current and future generations. The model created by Tara Wildlife Management Services for making hunting land into both a conservation- and recreation-oriented pursuit is also worthy of further study. Smaller and more economically oriented projects such as the Appalachian Growers Cooperative can also provide lessons in the uses of land that do not involve 'factory farming' or use of non-biological farm inputs; in short, uses that add to the beauty and small-scale economic utility of a landscape that might otherwise be lost.


The idea that land has utility in terms of food production, recreation and non-farm income is one that has not been sufficiently investigated in a methodical way. The economic benefits of uses of conservation or sustainable tracts of land, farm or forested, have also not been sufficiently addressed in a systematic way. The fact that there are numerous organizations and individuals succeeding in these multiple aims with very little governmental support or encouragement suggests that there is a great deal more that could be done with proper 'seed' money and by making knowledge available, through consultancies or even through the auspices of the land-grant universities and cooperative extension programs. First, however, a major systematic study of the possibilities costs involved and potential or realized benefits would need to be completed.


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Landowners to receive grants for conservation actions. (2001) M2 Presswire, May 2.

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Leffler, Marc. (1992) Mississippi wildlife into industry: Tara attracts hunters and dollars to the state. Mississippi Business Journal, March 9. Retrieved May 21, 2004 from HighBeam Research database.

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