American Rangelands and Forests
Associate Level Material
American Rangelands and Forests
Choose either a rangeland or a forest of the United States and describe current federal management strategies. Explain federal efforts to manage these lands sustainably by completing the chart below.
|Rangeland or Forest Location||Brief History of Rangeland or Forest||What are current land management problems?||What are the current federal land management strategies that address these problems?||What is one sustainable effort that should be implemented?|
|American Rangeland or Forest: name|
Take your information from Part 1 and use it to create a Sustainability Plan.
Your sustainability plan should present what, when, and how something is to be sustained and maintained now and into the indefinite future. Your plan can be submitted in a narrative or table format. The Corporation for National and Community Service (n.d.) provides the following list of components that make up a sustainability plan that should be included in your paper or table:
- Action items: Provide the items or activities that need to be addressed or that need to occur. Refer to the following example:
My plan for sustaining clean air in my community is to develop an education program about air pollution-generating activities and their effects, schedule a presentation day and time, invite community participants, and research the effects of air pollution.
- Order of action items: Discuss how the action items in Step 1 will align or occur. One event or activity should occur before another; thus, order the items into steps similar to the following:
- Research the effects of air pollution.
- Develop an education program.
- Schedule a presentation day and time.
- Invite the community.
- Action steps: Explain how you are going to conduct the action items. How are you going to make each item or activity happen? Include individuals or groups who will help you conduct these activities. Use the following as a guide:
In order to schedule a presentation day and time, I will attend next month’s community homeowner’s association (HOA) meeting and request permission from the board to add it to the following month’s agenda.
- Timeline: Estimate when you are going to conduct the action items, such as “In months 1–3, I will complete the research.” If an item or activity does not have a specific conclusion time, indicate that it is ongoing.
The following is a sample of how you might incorporate your sustainability plan into a table format—keep in mind this is an incomplete plan:
(in the correct order)
|Action Steps||Action Steps|
|Research and identify the effects of air pollution.||Review environmental websites and journals.
Document the sources of air pollution and both environmental and health effects of air pollution.
Document video interviews of environmental researchers and facilitators.
|Develop an education program about air pollution effects.||Develop a presentation about why this program is needed and include air pollution’s ill effects, the lifestyle changes that will be required, and the benefits and challenges of change.||Month 1–3|
|Schedule a presentation day and time.||Attend a monthly HOA meeting to present the benefits of the program.
Request that the HOA board add the presentation to the following month’s agenda.
Document the audio and visual equipment needed for presentation and layout of the room.
|Identify and invite community participants.||Tally the number of homes in the community.
Create and distribute flyers to homes announcing the next HOA meeting and the educational program that will be introduced.
Blank Sample Action Plan
|Add more rows if needed|
Corporation for National & Community Service. (n.d.). Sample sustainability plan. In Toolkit for program sustainability, capacity building, and volunteer recruitment/management (Section 4). Retrieved from http://www.nationalserviceresources.org/filemanager/download
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