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conservation   (kŏn'sûr-vā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
The protection, preservation, management, or restoration of natural environments and the ecological communities that inhabit them. Conservation is generally held to include the management of human use of natural resources for current public benefit and sustainable social and economic utilization.
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