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A question has been brought to my attention Does the ecosystem management approach provide a usable strategy for managing natural resources that is at least potentially better than past strategies Before I am able to answer the question I have to know what ecosystem management is and what are the past management strategies considering the application to the area that is going to be managed To begin ecosystem management there needs to be a definition to state what ecosystem management is Actually there isnt a concrete definition for the term ecosystem management It has been used and defined by various groups in several different ways and because of a somewhat vague definition has the potential to cause confusion among managers some concluded that ecosystem management is based on principles rather than one single definition Vogt 1997 The Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Managements explanation of ecosystem management states Ecosystem management is a process that considers the total environment It requires the skillful use of ecological social and managerial principles on managing ecosystems to produce restore or sustain ecosystem integrity and desired conditions uses products values and services over the long term Ecosystem management recognizes that people and their social and economic level needs are an integral part of ecological system Vogt 1997 In observation to the ecosystem management approach I do agree that this approach is usable I base my reasoning on past summer work experience I worked for the Department of the Interior at Jewel Cave National Monument as an interpretive ranger I led tours with 100 visitors a day explaining to them why Jewel Cave is so important stressing factors to consider such as protection above and below the surface By working with the chief of Natural Resources and other administration I learned how Jewel Cave was managed in the past and what the plans are for the future I am going to show through examples
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