Local Resistance to Conservation

Local Resistance to ConservationA lot of people are resistant to conservation efforts where they live, and it is not simply due to laziness. Conservation efforts could have negative effects on the lives of people, such as the conservation of gorillas who raid farms. Farmers certainly do not want gorillas stealing all their produce. The conservation of the species or area that you are focusing on for your portfolio project will certainly meet with resistance. Find out what kind of local resistance the conservation of your species or natural area has experienced. You can research this online, but if you do not find the information, call or email a researcher or conservation organization that is working to help protect your species or natural area. Then, consider how you might overcome that resistance. A key component of that task entails effectively communicating scientific information to your stakeholders. Accomplishing that, in turn, requires emotional intelligence – the ability to be aware of, express, and control your emotions. The ability to tell stories – to capture stakeholders’ interests using inclusive narratives – is another helpful skill. Read the article Science, Emotion, Communication! (Links to an external site.) which contains an exploration of strategies incorporating emotion and narrative that have been used by some of the most famous science communicators of all time, such as Carl Sagan. Consider how these strategies might aid you in your task.In your main post discuss the following:Describe the resistance people could have regarding conservation of your species or natural area. Does it affect their income? Does it reduce their ability to do something?Why is it important to have these people on board for conservation of your species or protected area?Propose ways to help solve the problems that cause resistance to conservation. Specifically, what communication strategies might be most effective in turning a resistant stakeholder into an ally of a conservation project?Your initial posting should be 250-500Local Resistance to Conservation
REACTION TO POST #1Hello Class,The natural area in Colorado that needs to be better conserved would be Monument Lake. Monument Lake is one of the bigger lakes in the area. There is a lot of overfishing happening in this lake. The water level is also lowering and it is also struggling with a lot of littering issues. The area surrounding the lake has a lot of trash that can be hurtful to the animals and the environment in that area. Conserving this area is extremely important, but it can cause resistance for those in the area. One of the main groups of people that would feel the residence would be all of the fishermen in the area. The best thing for the area would be to pick up trash and also fish less. Catching and releasing would also be another helpful movement to enforce. This would affect the fishermen that take hike the fish they catch or fish there on a regular basis. It would be important to have the fisherman on board for conserving this area because if changes aren’t made then the area will only get worse. A bad environment that is full of trash will cause a bad experience for the fishermen and their families. The overfishing can cause there to be less and less fish. This can get ti a point where the fishermen are not catching any fish at all. The best actions to take would be to set up times for a community to come together to clean the lake. The other option is to make a catch and release law or only allow a set amount of fish that can be taken per fishermen. The best way to communicate these changes would be to conversation in the Facebook Group for Colorado Fishermen. I am a member of this group, and this would work great. Change needs to happen and we need to be conserving this area.Best,Brandon
REACTION TO POST #2Good evening class,My research paper is on bison, better known as the American Buffalo. These animals were once millions in number and their population dwindled down to less thanA funny story is I had emailed what I thought was the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Reserve to get an interview and somehow it went to the National Bison Association which is responsible for raising bison to be used as meat! I asked the director different questions, so we will see if he is inclined to reply – especially since my initial questions are about preserving the species and keeping them alive versus breeding them for meat. Regardless their website claims they are passionate about bison and raise them ethically.On the contrary I was able to get ahold of Thomas Wall who is the Education Specialist at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Reserve, which seeks to restore and protect the species. They are right outside of Denver and have a heard of a little over 200 bison – their mission is to conserve the species and work with the native tribes to protect the species (2021). A few of the things he said individuals can do is raise awareness and that we are a long way from being out of the woods in their recovery as they are an integral part of the most endangered ecosystem in North America – the prairie ecosystem. At one time there was estimated over 400 million bison in North America and in the early 1900’s their population dwindled down to about 500 due to habitat loss and hunting (personal communication, January 5, 2021). Another thing individuals can do is volunteer with organizations that work in prairie restoration, such as native species planting, seed collection and in more recent times fire and fuels mitigation. One of the final things he recommended is to plant flowers throughout communities that bloom during different times of the year (this is almost the easiest and anyone can do)! Planting flowers helps out pollinators which are very important components to prairie life.As you can see above the most important like most things is education and informing others. There never seems to be enough time in the day to do our jobs and school well, eat healthy, work out, read, walk, make sure kids or furry friends are fed, and drink enough water not-to-mention recycle and make efforts to reduce carbon footprint. Time is the most important element and excuse people can use for not taking responsibility for aiding in preservation of our planet. How can people change what they don’t know is hurting them?With bison, how many of you knew that they are considered the “mammal of the United States” and that they were one of the first mammals to roam the earth? Their populations were in the hundreds of millions and dwindled down to thousands…. one interesting point the RMWR made was that if they do not start working with tribal people to restore these animals they could go extinct in 200 years!If people knew that one small thing they could do to preserve bison is to plant flowers, I think more people would do it! Education is key!https://medium.com/usfws/songs-on-the-wind-hooves-on-the-landscape-d5b45f0491d6(Links to an external site.)