CHARACTER EDUCATION ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
SOME WAYS TO KEEP THAT PLEDGE
Save the Soil
Trees, shrubs, and grass help same the soil. Improper logging, forest fires, poorly drained roads, careless farming, and overgrazing of range and pasture lands mean loss of soil. Thoughtful people manage their farm, range, and forest land with the least possible danger and loss. They use the soil well.
Wise owners use their forests carefully. when they harvest their forest crop, they leave plenty of healthy young trees to produce another crop. They protect their forests from insects, disease, and fire. They control grazing. They keep their forests producing for their own benefit and for the good of the Nation.
However, there are still far too many owners who are careless and waste forests that will be badly needed in the future.
A watershed or drainage basin is land that collects rain and melted snow that make a stream. When a watershed is in good condition, the trees, brush, grass, and litter on it protect the soil. they break the force of beating rains, slow down runoff, and keep the soil from washing away. Water that reaches the ground passes through the plant litter and spongy humus into the soil below, which is able to take and hold it. This water then seeps through the soil to underground water reservoirs is able to take and hold it. this water then seeps through the soil to underground water reservoirs or channels which feed sprints and wells.
Some watersheds are small. Others cover thousands of square miles. Everyone who lives, works, and plays in our watersheds should help protect them. Campers, farmers, ranchers, lumbermen help when they use the plant cover properly and control forest enemies. Yet many millions of watershed acres are damaged yearly by improper logging, overgrazing, and fire. When water falls on this bared land, it runs off quickly an makes floods, wash away the soil, and do other damage.
By protection and careful use we can keep our watersheds healthy, and they will provide the water all growing things need.
Wildlife is a natural resource. Birds, mammals, and fish provide enjoyment and income for millions of people. Well-managed forests and ranges furnish wildlife with food, shelter, and water. Wise use of these resources balances wildlife populations with the food supply and normal uses of the land.
Our forests, range forage, and wildlife are renewable resources. They are related one to the other. They should be managed together, each getting its full share of attention. Our country, our States, our communities, and each one of us will benefit.