Letter to EPA about the Savannah Biome and why we need to protect it

Essay by pfeiffernatorHigh School, 12th gradeA+, March 2006

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Environmental Protection Agency,

Human activities are creating more and more problems for different biomes around the world. Because we share the world with many other species of plants and animals, we must consider the consequences of our actions. Over the past several decades, increasing human activity has rapidly destroyed or polluted many ecological habitats throughout the world. It is important to preserve all types of biomes as each houses many unique forms of life.

The Savannah to be specific, is home to numerous amounts of wildlife across many different continents. Depending on which continent, the climate can be slightly different as well as some of the physical features it has. Although there are many different types of savannahs such as the grasslands in South America, the African savannah with some forms of trees, and the lightly wooded savannahs of northern Australia, there is one problem that they all have in common: humans burning down acres and acres of the wild grasses which stretch across the land.

This is popular now more then ever because humans are expanding to other biomes with better farming climates to gain an agricultural advantage. Although there are some benefits for us as humans, the negative side of this hurts not only the animals and plants of the savannah biome but humans located all over the entire planet. Every living organism can somehow be effected by the thoughtless burning of these grasslands which are habitats to thousands of creatures ranging from microorganisms to giant elephants and giraffes.

Grass and shrub fires have considerable impacts on soils and vegetation. The loss of vegetation cover facilitates water runoff, wind erosion, and reduces water infiltration. If these three processes are messed with, the effects would be seen not only in savannahs, but other areas of the world as well.