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My Land My Responsibility

October 10, 2019

[ Music ]>>If you own land and care for it, chances
are you are hard wired to appreciate beauty. You long to be part of something
that is bigger than yourself. When you’re outside, you love those
moments alone or with family and friends. You probably already know about the
threats to wildlife in your community. There are obvious threats like
urbanization and pollution but there are other threats
that are not so obvious. When wildlife habitat is destroyed or
divided into smaller and smaller parcels, the wildlife that needs the habitat has fewer
opportunities to forage, next and raise young. So why would we care about wildlife? Hunting, fishing and game watching
is big business in the United States, where literally billions of dollars are spent on
equipment, licenses, travel and accommodation. There are many native birds and bats that
are insectivores; they eat the insects that may otherwise be pests on your land. Also, about 75% of our flowering plants and
crops are pollinated by wild pollinators, including bats, bees, butterflies and beetles. All of these are very good reasons to care
about wildlife but what do landowners say?>>I had always dreamed of having
a place of my own to manage.>>Well, on the farm itself,
wildlife can be a needed asset.>>Every square foot on this place
is managed for wildlife habitat.>>For wildlife, for timber,
a place to recreate.>>I hunt, I fish, I just
like seeing the wildlife.>>We’ve seen some red fox there. We’ve seen some wild turkeys here.>>My own little slice of heaven, as it were.>>And my rewards are when I can share with
other people and particularly youth groups.>>My grandkids love it. My three sons-in-law love
it so it’s a lot of fun.>>I mean I thrive on that, that’s — I get
out here and break a sweat and, you know, work all day and it’s just
a feeling of accomplishment.>>That’s about as happy as I’ll ever
be in life when I’m doing these things.>>As an American, private
landownership gives you the right to determine what you do with your land. This is your land, your right. In the past, land use changes in our
countryside had a profound influence on wildlife that extended well beyond property
state and even international boundaries. In a similar way, as you begin to
consider wildlife in your land management, think about the potential you
have to make a positive impact on wildlife well beyond your own property line. It’s your land, your responsibility. Over 90% of the land in the southeastern United
States is privately owned but we’re fortunate to have laws and incentives that make
wildlife management more accessible to the private landowner. If habitat destruction and the fragmentation
is the bad news, the good news is that you, as a private landowner, have an
opportunity to reverse that trend. You can restore a wildlife
habitat on your land one wood lot, one field and one stream at a time. If you’re new to wildlife management, the
Natural Resources Conservation Service is geared to help answer your questions about planning
and managing for wildlife on your property. Here’s the NRCS’s Dick Yetter.>>Landowners and private property
owners are really hungry for information on how they can have as much wildlife
come to their land and enjoy their land where they can enjoy the wildlife as
any group of people in the country so private property owners are the key to reestablishing prime wildlife
habitat across the country.>>This is your land, your
right, your responsibility. In the next eight video segments, we want
to walk you through some general concepts of wildlife management and also
address some specific land uses. In the second and third videos, we’ll
discuss wildlife habitat and why we make use of certain wildlife management practices. Videos four to nine are more specific; we’ll
discuss wildlife habitat management in woodland, cropland, old fields, old
fields, wetlands and streams. We hope that you find this
series informative and enjoyable. [ Music ]

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