Preserving the Reserves
~ Amy Lignor
When it comes to the outdoor enthusiast, environmentalist, or simply the lover of the Great Outdoors – the natural reserves across the globe are a much-needed part of life as we know it.
Photographing the beauty of nature; riding bikes, running, walking, canoeing – you name it, the world is one big landscape that offers millions a way to rest, relax and rejuvenate. But as the world grows and the human population overtakes nature, preserving habitats and creating natural reserves becomes a far bigger problem to solve.
These protected areas are extremely important, seeing as that all types of wildlife, flora, fauna, and some truly amazing geological formations have to be kept alive. The nature reserves located in the U.S. come from various sources, with the government basically setting up protection by opening National Parks or designating certain acreage as private so that nothing can be harmed and the habitats can remain healthy.
In addition to the government, there are private landowners, charities and research centers that create natural reserves in order to make sure that this land and the creatures in it are not erased by the growth of suburbia or the ever-increasing energy and industrial issues.
Believe it or not, creating a natural reserve is not a modern idea. In fact, it was all the way back in the 3rd century BC that the first area was reserved for animals by King Devanampiya Tissa of Sri Lanka. Although conservation was not the issue then. It was because of cultural beliefs, as well as religious convictions, that had countries put aside lands and protect their animals and vegetation. These beliefs, as our world grew, seemed to fall off the radar when more homes were needed in order to take care of the human population.
In this new era, it was not America but Germany that claimed the credit for creating the very first natural reserve in our time. The land was actually bought in 1836 to protect it from quarrying – which was beginning to rip the area apart. Although the U.S. was not the first, it was the first when it came to creating a major natural reserve. It was Yellowstone National Park that took the title as being the largest and most stunning protected property in the world. Protected by the Federal government, Yellowstone – although having issues with hunting over time – is still the largest protector of animals, vegetation and geologic formations this world has ever seen.
When it comes to the global scene, there are many countries that have made sure to protect lands in order to save the habitats for the next generation to enjoy. Australia is one country that actually has a National Reserve System that comprises Commonwealth, state and territory-controlled reserves. But they do not stop there; there are also Indigenous lands and a slew of other protected areas that are overseen and managed by not-for-profit organizations.
Egypt boasts 29 nature reserves, with the largest being Gebel Elba (13,700 miles). Denmark is on board with three national parks and several nature reserves; Germany has over five thousand; and the list goes on and on.
It is, or should be, a source of pride to know that no matter what the issues, battles, wars, etc., there are between countries out there – we all seem to be on the same side when it comes to protecting and preserving what little is left of the habitats and stunning animal kingdoms we need.
And the work does not stop when the land comes to an end; marine life reserves are also being opened and ‘declared’ by governments as protected areas all across the globe. Although there are still species that are endangered, people are working together to try and stop any animal, bird, fish, or plant from being taken away from the stunning, unique landscape that is Planet Earth.
Until Next Time, Everybody,