An ecosystem is a community of organisms and their physical environment, and they work together as a unit. Some ecosystems are fragile. And when humans interact with ecosystems, bad results can happen, especially in fragile places.
An ecosystem is a community of organisms and their physical environment, and they work together as a unit. Some ecosystems are fragile. When one part of an ecosystem is changed or damaged, the rest of the ecosystem is also changed or damaged.
When humans interact with ecosystems, bad results can happen, especially in fragile places. When we build homes or businesses, we impact the ecosystems in that area by removing plants, displacing animals, and changing the watershed. Ecosystems pay the price when humans make poor decisions while developing or working in areas. Biodiversity, the mix of plants and animals, is at risk. Water quality is jeopardized. Soil erodes.
We all want more jobs, more money, and more places to shop and eat. So, how can we balance the need for economic development with the need to sustain the fragile ecosystems we build in?
An example of healthy economic development within a working landscape might be a farm. Working the land provides economic support to the farming family. Farmers support and sustain the health of the land when they make ecologically thoughtful decisions. If the scales start to tilt to productivity rather than conservation, the farm can be an unhealthy example of economic development within a working landscape. Successfully balancing the productivity of the land with proper conservation practices makes a farm a good economic development element within a working landscape. It's a tricky balancing act.
Some people feel that sacrificing land, plants, and animals is okay in order for people to make money on businesses and residential development. Others would rather ban economic development within fragile ecosystems. Still others think that both can co-exist peacefully, but this peaceful co-existence takes constant hard work. Economic development within a successful working landscape relies on sustainable development. Sustainable development requires that people don't just act in their own best interests. Money needs to be made from the landscape while the landscape gets the care it needs to thrive.