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A group of interconnected elements, both living and non-living, that interact together in their environment. Examples include a pond, field, or woodland.


The wearing away of land by water or wind. In the woods, water erosion is the most common and can be a concern for water quality and recreational access. Erosion may be worsened by human causes, such as poor logging practices. These human impacts can often be reduced by using Best Management Practices.


Your collective property and possessions.

Estate Planning

Preparing a strategy for the transfer of land and property to your heirs after death, and settling of estate taxes. Often set up with the help of an attorney.