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16.5 Conservation
• The timber industry has started to adopt sustainable
• Global fisheries have adopted several sustainable
– rotation of catches
– fishing gear review
– harvest reduction
– fishing bans
16.5 Conservation
Conservation practices focus on a few species but benefit
entire ecosystems.
• The Endangered Species Act
works to protect individual
species from extinction.
• A listed species is often called
an umbrella species.
– the habitat in which the
species lives must be
– other species are protected
because they share the
16.5 Conservation
Protecting Earth’s resources helps protect our future.
• The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created
in 1970.
• The EPA develops policies and regulations to protect the
• Legislation helps to protect the environment and
endangered species.
– Clean Air Act
– Clean Water Act
– Endangered Species Act
16.5 Conservation
• There are several ways that people can help protect the
– control population growth
– develop sustainable technology and practices
– protect and maintain ecosystems