Stewardship- Link and Learn:
What is stewardship and why it’s important:
Natural areas provide habitat for native plant and animal life, maintain genetic diversity which is important for food security and health and wellbeing, and have their own intrinsic value. They provide benefits of ecosystem services by maintaining water and air quality, seed dispersal, pollination etc. Natural areas are the basis of the aesthetic appeal of the landscape and provide ongoing support for the local economy through products and tourism.
Cultural themes, perspectives, practices and places tell us who we are, where we are and where we have come from. Culture gives us a sense of identity and purpose; reminds us of our achievements, lessons, and helps to shape our beliefs. Cultural expressions and features support economic development through tourism and marketing.
Habitats and species of The Land Between are unique and sensitive to disturbance. The vast amount of waters, lakes and wetlands, have little buffering capacity because of shallow soils. The rare alvars, rock barrens, and mixed forests are fragile because of the starker climate. And the species are reliant on these habitats and food web interactions.
Important cultural areas, historical sites and built heritage features dot the landscape and are at risk from an emerging modern aesthetic and market.
Our health and economies are founded on cultural and natural heritage. These areas and features need to be stewarded and managed wisely.