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The DICTIONARY OF FORESTRY (1998) defines stewardship as “the administration of land and associated resources in a manner that enables their passing on to future generations in a healthy condition.” A U.S. Forest Service dictionary on ecosystem management terms defines stewardship as “a land ethic for current and future generations that 1) encourages wise use and conservation of resources; 2) sustains and enhances productivity of resources; and 3) protects resources.” State and provincial agencies charged with natural resource management of public resources have similar definitions. What these definitions have in common, and how the term is typically used in the resource management arena in the United States, especially in contradistinction to terms such as “protection” or “preservation,” is that stewardship includes active manipulation or involvement ...

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