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Conservation is essential for the preservation of wildlife, streams, and forests. The USDA recognizes maintenance that is done by farmers, ranchers, and forest owners today by giving them the means of sustainable agriculture for our future. So how can we promote conservation and get others to realize it’s importance? 

Community Awareness

Hosting information nights with your community can be a great way to discuss conservation efforts. Inviting a speaker who is well renown in conservation efforts to speak to your community. You could make the event free or even ask for donations to the conservation organization of your choice. Encourage those who visit to donate directly or set up a website to help boost your efforts. 

Teaching Neighbors 

Your neighbors can make a tremendous difference in your conservation efforts. Discussing ways that they could help, such as sponsoring neighborhood clean up days, can get them involved making sure that any trash that may have gotten out of trashcans gets cleaned up so that it is not left to find its way into the surrounding lakes and streams in the areas. 

Buying Conservation Credits

Conservation credits are a way to trade funds to help offset losses to endangered or threatened species and the habitats that they live in. You can even buy these in wetlands or stream mitigation while they used to be only to compensate for some wetlands. You can now use conservation credits to pay for impacts to streams as well. 

Teaching Children 

While they are young, teaching children about conservation will help to impact them while they are young. Getting them involved in activities where they can learn what happens to nature around us when we fail to take care of it, and how that impact can cause a chain reaction on surrounding ecosystems. 

Volunteering 

Volunteering to help efforts, you can find local areas to volunteer in your local paper and online. This is also another great way to get students involved in the efforts. Printing out different maps of your area, you can help get friends and family together to make a difference.