CONSERVATION is the measure of the distance between our intentions and our abilities to thoughtfully behave in ways that secure more than just our narrow needs to live well. Without CONSERVATION of natural resources a nation of over 310 million demanding people is not capable of sustaining the nation's needs for water, electricity, timber, recreational lands, fisheries, and other natural resources. While Americans represent four percent of the world population we consume one-fourth (25%) of the Earth's resources. To sustain the United States' level of consumption and exploitation patterns we would need three more Earth-sized planets.