While a new catch phrase around the country is that we have to preserve the environment, and we have to be sure that we mitigate man made or human caused climate change, there is not as much conversation about habitat preservation. This is a different science and a different focus all together for the country as a whole. Habitat preservation is about maintaining the natural living areas of the animals that are dependent on the environment for their life and their continuation. It is important that as a culture we continue to remember that there are many different groups of animals that are slowly losing their habitat, and they are going to no longer exist if that continues to happen. The answer is of course to acknowledge this is happening, and take steps to leave some of their habitats untouched so that they can continue to exist along side of us. It is important to keep all the natural and local species for so many reasons that are not even clear to us. We don’t really understand the full impact of a group of animals on their living situation until we introduce foreign ones or until we take away the natural ones from where they should be. Once they are gone, and we begin to see all the effects that has on a landscape, it is too late to bring them back. The most important step we can take in the beginning is to put in place a plan of action for habitat preservation.
One way that this is possible is to design new developments with that in mind, and leaving green spaces that are not developed or touched in between the rows of houses or the roads. If there is a natural stream, leave it be, and design a wide berth around that stream so that those natural animals will be able to maintain their existence in that area and not be harmed. It is when we remove all the natural things in that area, even if we build them back up in the form of parks. What was there first needs to stay there, otherwise we are in danger of losing all the necessary habitats for the wild life that live in that area. Habitat preservation should be at the top of the list for every city or town that is expanding into untouched areas that are around them. Without that focus, there is just no way to know what the long term and permanent effects of the loss of that habitat will be. But they could likely be catastrophic for the environment as well as for our culture. We need to take a step back and recognize how important habitat preservation is for our world and for our communities as well, and we need to being to focus on that as a method for expansion. Leave natural habitats as they are, and learn to live closer together or to put more people in the same space. It is possible.