While most efforts at biodiversity conservation have focused primarily on protected areas and reserves, the unprotected lands surrounding those areas and reserves are equally important to preserving biodiversity and maintaining forest health. Lindenmeyer and Franklin argue that the conservation of forest biodiversity requires a comprehensive and multiscaled approach that includes both reserve and non-reserve areas. They lay the foundations for such a strategy, bringing together the latest scientific information on landscape ecology, forestry, conservation biology and related disciplines.
David B. Lindenmayer is senior research fellow and associate professor at the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at The Australian National University in Canberra. Jerry F. Franklin is professor of ecosystem science in the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington in Seattle and co-author of Creating a Forestry for the Twenty-First Century (Island Press, 1998).