310 pages, 27 illustrations
Much of the country's recent population growth is situated beyond the metropolitan fringe, where development consumes millions of acres of privately owned land. Exurbanization has become the dominant pattern of land development in America and there is no indication it will slow in the future. This development depletes agricultural and wildlands, and causes numerous environmental impacts ranging from the loss of biodiversity and wildland habitats to soil erosion, an increase in nonnative species, and the heightened threat to endangered species.
Written for regional planners, planning commissions, local elected officials, environmental groups, and the public-at-large, "The Planner's Guide to Natural Resource Conservation" provides readers from diverse, nonscientific backgrounds with a working knowledge of how and why exurbanization impacts environmental systems. Contributors include experts in rangeland ecology, restoration ecology, zoology, urban and regional planning, and conservation biology, who highlight the best practices to mitigate environmental problems or to avoid them altogether. Each chapter will leave readers with a firm grasp of relevant concepts and processes, an understanding of current research, and the know-how to apply science to land-use decisions.
From the reviews: "Editors Esparza and McPherson (both, Univ. of Arizona) have divided this 13-chapter work into four parts. ! Each part offers a useful starting point for those interested in the intersection of exurban planning and environmental problems. ! Summing Up: Recommended. ! Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners." (B. D. Orr, Choice, Vol. 47 (5), January, 2010)
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