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Windbreaks planted to protect homes from the wind can also be seeded with
plants that produce wildlife food, and so produce improved hunting. Winter
cover crops can be grains that are useful to migrating birds.
In essence, the concept of multiple use is a very productive one. It
encourages us to plan natural resource management activities to produce
more than one benefit. It allows us to combine soil and water management,
forest management, mineral and energy management, and recreation-all at
the same time.

SUStAinABiLitY
A term that has become very popular in the first part of this century is
sustainability. In essence, it is very similar to the more traditional concept of
conservation. The EPA describes sustainability this way:
Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our
survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural
environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which
humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the
social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.
Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue
to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our
environment.ii
Sustainability is a concept rather than a movement. Sustainability involves
the principles of wise use, just as traditional conservation did but it adds the
corollary that the wise use should not totally exhaust a resource.
The so-called green movement is an offshoot of the sustainability idea, but
it is an activist movement rather than a concept. You will also hear the terms
green jobs, green politics, and green products. All of those are approaches to
promote sustainability. Green politics caters to environmental activism. Green
politics promotes environmentally sensitive policies and processes. Green jobs is a
term that is used to suggest that some jobs add to sustainability while other jobs
are less environmentally sensitive. Green products supposedly involve the use
of ecologically neutral resources and processes, such as manufacturing products
from recycled paper.
Some people will pay extra for something they perceive as "green." Here is
an example. According to the web site of a large, national office supply store, on
October 30, 2011, two boxes of brown 9X12 manila envelopes were compared.
Each contained the same number of envelopes and featured the same design and
basic quality. One was the traditional product and was priced at $16.99. The
other was described as 100% recycled and "eco-friendly," and it was priced at
$20.99. The principles of green politics would encourage people to purchase the
recycled envelopes for a higher price because they think they are "saving a tree."
As you will learn later in this book, most paper in this country is manufactured
from areas that were reforested after earlier harvests and from trees grown as a
crop specifically for paper production. Thus, few trees are actually being "saved"
by paper recycling in this country. On the other hand, a very real benefit to
the environment from recycling paper is that it is not going into our landfills.
In addition, significant energy savings and reduced water pollution result from
paper recycling.



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