Conservation of Natural Resources

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Conservation of Natural Resources merit badge has been discontinued. (See discontinued merit badges.)
For the currently active merit badge, see Environmental Science.

Conservation of Natural Resources merit badge
Status: Discontinued BSA Advancement ID: n/a
Created: 1966 Origin: new in 1966
Discontinued: 1974 Replaced by: Environmental Science


Conservation of Natural Resources merit badge requirements at discontinuation

1. Do the following:
(a) Define the terms "conservation", "Renewable natural resources", and "nonrenewable natural resources" and give three examples of each.
(b) State five examples to show how our natural resources are vital to the strength and welfare of our country.
(c) Give three examples to show how opur resources are interrelated.
2. Do the following:
(a)Explain what is meant by "resources management".
(b) List five Federal conservation agencies; the principle conservation agencies in your State; and five private (non-governmental) conservation organizations. Tell what they do. Describe three successful conservation prohects in your area.
(c) Describe the duties of three career positions in natural resource conservation.
3. Do the following:
(a) Name three international or worldewide conservation problems and describe one.
(b) Give one example of international cooperation in solving a conservation problem.
4. Do the following:
(a) Make a sketch to show the course of your home water supply from watershed to water tap and on to the receiving stream (including passage through waste treatment facilities, if any).
(b) Find out if water supply is likely to be a problem in your community in the future and explain why.
(c) Define water pollution and give principle causes and results of water pollution nationally and in your community. Find out what steps, if any, are taken to control pollution in your area and tell what additional steps might be taken.
5. Give three examples of ocean resources. Choose one and discuss the conservation problems involved.
6. Explain the major causes of air pollution and tell how they might be prevented.
7. Tell how goo land-use planning is important to five of the following: community planners, highway builders, camp planners, small landowners, farmers, ranchers, recreation planners, industrial and housing developers, fisherman and hunters.

Before starting the projects in 8,9, and 10, discuss the score and quailty required with your counselor.

8. Do one of the following:
(a)Locate and observe some examples of the litter problems in your community. Carry out a project to help make your community cleaner.
(b) Report to your troop or patrol on the conservation laws the affect you in your community or camp. Discuss: fire permits; fines for littering; and laws on fishing, hunting, water conservation, and air pollution.
9. After getting the approval of your counselor, carry out two of the following conservation projects alone or with other Scouts.
(a) Plant trees, shrubs, vines, or other natural cover to reduce soil erosion.
(b) Build gully control structures or water bars to stop erosion in a gully or trail.
(c) Riprap or plant natural cover to stop erosion on streambank or lakeshore.
(d) Plant 50 pulp- or timber yielding trees.
(e) Plant 10 ornamental trees or shrubs to help beautify your yard, park, or community.
(f) Build and put out two nest or den boxes or bird feeders or one bird bath. Report on what birds or other animals used them. Plant 25 food shrubs for wildlife.
(g) Build a brusg pile suitable for wildlife as described in this pamphlet.
(h) Plant a hedgerow 50 feet long, suitable for wildlife cover.
(i) Select one natural resource such as air, minerals or fuels, water, soil, forests, grasslands, fish, wildlife or scenic wilderness or recreational area. Write an essay of 750 words that explains these points:
(1) the importance of the resource
(2) the conservation problems of that resource
(3) what is being done to solve these problems
(4) how this resource affects other resources.
(j) Carry out a woodlot improvement or development project on 2 acres.
(k) Carry out a fish conservation project in a stream, lake or pond.
(l) Attend an established conservation training camp for at least one week.
(m) Carry out a conservation project - approved in advance by the proper authorities - in a park, nature center, or on school property.
10. Select one conservation problem in your community or camp and do one of the following things to make other people aware of the problem:
(a) Build a window display or an exhibit for a store, school, chruch, or other prominent place.
(b) Write and submit a story and have it used by the local paper, school paper, troop paper, radio or TV.
(c) Set up a demonstration project in camp as a model for others to follow.

NOTE: Your counselor will advise you on the size or scope and quality expected in projects.

Boy Scout Requirements, ({{{1}}}) Edition The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Conservation of Natural Resources Pamphet, 1970 Printing

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