"To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed."
-- Theodore Roosevelt, 1917
Conservation Benchmarks uses common-sense analytic, communications, and planning tools to improve natural resources management and the overall health of the land, its flora and fauna, and the people who are its stewards.
The Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland observed, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” The same holds true in natural resource conservation and land management. Determining the status quo, identifying practical alternatives, establishing best practices, measuring change, and evaluating progress – these five principles lie at the core of the Conservation Benchmarks approach.