What is the Cycle of Watershed Stewardship?
What’s makes an environmental project special?
Being a steward of land and water means doing work on the ground. When we start an environmental project in our communities, we do the work for the health of the community, the land and ecosystem in the area, and ourselves. The purpose of conservation is to enjoy the natural resources for longer by making sure that our natural systems which support resources are healthy and thriving. We don’t only think about our generation but the many that come behind us. When conservation work is done on an area, the effects may last for years, if it’s successful, the ecosystem will be improved for generations and regenerate itself. Regeneration is when something keeps supporting itself like a cycle. We want our projects to regenerate too, so let’s break our cycle down into four parts:
- A- Assets available. Determine what the assets are that the people rely on. Assets are anything that bring value instead of costing value. It can be land, water, good views or strong relationships. Some land has assets already like crops or cattle.
- C- Community involvement. Get to know your community, who does what in yours? Everyone has the potential to provide something unique and valuable to the table. think about something you’re good at. Remember that collectively we are more influential.
- E-Empowering the people.- Creating and designing is one way we start when determining the right work for an issue. The next step is getting the work done. When we involve others in this process we empower each other. When we work as a team, we get more done in less time.
- S- Story telling.- Sharing your data is a process that starts at the beginning of your cycle but wraps up your work. We should be sharing what we need and why we make the decisions we make from the very beginning so that everyone is knowledgeable and informed. When we have finished with our research, design and work, we come together again to inform everyone of what has happened or needs to happen in the future, that’s why we create presentations and gather the community for celebrations of our hard work and newly implemented protection.