The question of land use and cover change is obviously quite an acute one and is addressed in an article Upper Mississippi Forest Project, retrieved from a news website Examiner.com. The article suggests that Minnesota has an unfortunate tendency to lose forests. According to it, 26 million acres of private forestland are to become housing subdivisions over the next 20 years. However, the article itself offers a wonderful solution to the problem it raises. A grand conservation project aimed at preserving more than 4,000 square miles of intact forests in the state of Minnesota is described. The natural reserve in question is to protect the natural habitat of numerous species of plants and animals, provide raw materials for pulp and paper, and, as the affected area includes several vast bodies of water, secure clean drinking water for a great number of households (Huebscher, 2010).

The project, briefly summarized above, seems highly helpful in terms of preserving the biodiversity and stopping shoreline development on inland lakes, many of which are situated on the territory of the forest reserve. Apart from the ecological issues, the reserve safeguards at least a small area of land from the ongoing urbanization and gives a boost to economy (lumber production etc.). In my point of view, projects such as this are 100 percent right solutions not only for slowing down the land use and cover change, but also for some of the major problems in the sphere of forestry.

Water resources

The article titled Gulf Dead Zone “Buck Stops Here” – on Missouri Farms, retrieved from Public News Service website, dwells on the problem of massive water pollution, mostly caused by nitrogen and phosphorus runoff from farms. The fertilizers flow into the Mississippi river and, eventually, get as far as the Gulf of Mexico. Thus, this sort of pollution endangers not only the regional water resources, but also those of nationwide importance. It is also suggested that the best solution to the problem would be “planting cover crops to prevent erosion and using GPS technology to apply nutrients only to areas that need it” (Meyers, 2012).

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It is quite obvious that the negative impact of human activity has to be eliminated in order to preserve water resources fit for further use. In my point of view, the solutions offered in the article may prove highly effective and should be applied as soon as possible. However, to be completely honest, I ought to admit that the idea of environmentally friendly fertilizers seems highly attractive to me. For even having protected the shorelines of larger rivers, the farmers still cannot help polluting groundwater, smaller streams and inland lakes. Moreover, each of us can ask him or herself, “Where the products I consume came from?” Thus, it is possible to support the farmer whose crops are not raised at the expense of purity of nature.

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