- learn about the importance of forests economically, socially and environmentally
- learn about wildfires and pests in forests
- develop a deeper understanding of forest ecosystems
- develop a deeper understanding of tree systems and make up
Unit 1: Our Forests - Why care?
- What is Environmental Stewardship and why should I care?
Environmental stewards strive to sustain natural resources and our environment for future generations. People depend on natural resources for their livelihood. However, pressures on the environment resulting from development are steadily increasing. Therefore, it is necessary for citizens and the business community to ensure that their activities and operations are environmentally responsible.
Environmental stewardship refers to responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices. Aldo Leopold (1887–1948) championed environmental stewardship based on a land ethic "dealing with man's relation to land and to the animals and plants which grow upon it."