Ecology and the Land Steward

All landowners are practicing ecologists, whether they realize it or not. Ecology is not about hugging trees, environmental activism or even the love of nature. Ecology is the study of the interrelationships between and among all parts of the environment. These parts include the soil, water, plants, animals and atmosphere in all of their diverse forms. Ecology is a science—not an emotional endeavor.

And of course, we know that ecology includes human beings. People have great influence over these interrelationships. We practice good ecology when management operates in sync with the nature’s inner workings. We practice bad ecology when management chronically upsets or interrupts the natural processes. Ecology at the farm and ranch level involves the understanding and application of ecological principles, ecological processes and ecological practices… Read more from Texas Wildlife Magazine