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About this book
About this book
Introductory textbook for students of conservation biology and resource management. Each of the three main concepts of conservation are discussed in an historical context (utilitarianism, habitat protection and restoration, and whole-ecosystem management) and the limitations and advantages of each of the approaches are explained.
Preface; Introduction: balance and flux; Methodology: getting the information we need to manage living natural resources; Part I. Management to Maximize Production of Featured Species - A Utilitarian Approach to Conservation: 1. Historical context - the commodification of resources and the foundations of utilitarian resource management; 2. Central concepts - population growth and interactions between populations; 3. Central concepts - habitats; 4. Techniques - harvest management; 5. Techniques - habitat management; 6. Techniques - management to minimize conflicts between pest species and people; Part II. Protection and Restoration of Populations and Habitats - A Preservationist Approach to Conservation: 7. Historical context - the rise of environmental concerns after World War II; 8. Central concepts - the causes of extinction; 9. Techniques - protecting and restoring species; 10. Techniques - protecting and restoring ecosystems; Part III. Management to Maintain Processes and Structures - A Sustainable-Ecosystem Approach to Conservation: 11. Historical context - pressures to move beyond protection of species and reserves; 12. Central concepts - the flux of nature; 13. Techniques - conserving processes and contexts; 14. Techniques - including people in the conservation process; Postscript; Appendix: scientific names of organisms mentioned in the text; Index.
426 pages, 55 illus, 55 figs, tabs, maps
'... I enjoyed the book and I would certainly recommend it as an introductory text to US students, and perhaps to other students wanting a general introduction to US resource management.' Andrew Pullin, University of Birmingham