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Conserving Living Natural Resources : In the Context of a Changing World - Bertie Josephson Weddell

Conserving Living Natural Resources

In the Context of a Changing World

Hardcover Published: 25th March 2002
ISBN: 9780521782708
Number Of Pages: 444

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Conserving Living Natural Resources is an introductory textbook for students of conservation biology and resource management. It presents the historical and conceptual contexts of three seminal approaches to the management of living natural resources: utilitarian management for harvest of featured species and control of unwanted species, protection and restoration of populations and habitats to maintain biodiversity, and management of complex ecosystems to sustain both productivity and biodiversity. Rather than endorsing a single approach as the only correct one, this book investigates the historical and philosophical contexts, conceptual frameworks, principal techniques, and the limitations of each approach.

'... 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
"Weddell (Washington State Univ.) has written a highly readable book detailing the history and concepts of three different approaches to managing and conserving natural resources... Weddell presents uses and limitations of these concepts in a well-written and organized style suitable for anyone interested in the conservation of natural resources." Choice
Conserving Living Natural Resources takes the reader on a wide-ranging tour of conservation principles and practices. One of the book's strengths is the historical overview of conservation philosophy it offers." Environment
"With Conserving Living Natural Resources, Bertie Josephson Weddell has filled a vacant niche with a textbook that presents some new, and refreshingly old, concepts, examples, and ideas. She has fashioned a valuable addition for the teaching and practice of conservation." Ecoscience

Preface
Introduction: balance and flux
Methodology: getting the information we need to manage living natural resources
Management to Maximize Production of Featured Species - A Utilitarian Approach to Conservation
Historical context - the commodification of resources and the foundations of utilitarian resource management
Central concepts - population growth and interactions between populations
Central concepts - habitats
Techniques - harvest management
Techniques - habitat management
Techniques - management to minimize conflicts between pest species and people
Protection and Restoration of Populations and Habitats - A Preservationist Approach to Conservation
Historical context - the rise of environmental concerns after World War II
Central concepts - the causes of extinction
Techniques - protecting and restoring species
Techniques - protecting and restoring ecosystems
Management to Maintain Processes and Structures - A Sustainable-Ecosystem Approach to Conservation
Historical context - pressures to move beyond protection of species and reserves
Central concepts - the flux of nature
Techniques - conserving processes and contexts
Techniques - including people in the conservation process
Postscript
Appendix: scientific names of organisms mentioned in the text
Index
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ISBN: 9780521782708
ISBN-10: 0521782708
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 444
Published: 25th March 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.89