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Continental Conservation : Scientific Foundations Of Regional Reserve Networks - Michael E. Soulé

Continental Conservation

Scientific Foundations Of Regional Reserve Networks

By: Michael E. Soulé (Editor), John Terborgh (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st May 1999
ISBN: 9781559636988
Number Of Pages: 238

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The Wildlands Project is a far-reaching effort by scientists and activists to develop better ways of protecting nature, wilderness, and biodiversity. Its ultimate goal is to establish an effective network of nature reserves throughout North America -- core conservation areas linked by corridors, and buffered, where appropriate, by lands that may also serve economic objectives.Continental Conservation represents the work of thirty leading experts-including Michael Soul‚, John Terborgh, Reed Noss, Paul Paquet, Dan Simberloff, Rodolfo Dirzo, J. Michael Scott, Andrew Dobson, and others -- brought together by The Wildlands Project to examine the science underlying the design and management of these regional-scale networks. It provides conservationists and biologists with the latest scientific principles for protecting living nature at spatial scales that encompass entire regions and continents.Following an opening chapter that sets the stage by introducing major themes and the scientific and policy background, the contributors: consider scale in the identification, selection, and design of biological reserves examine the role of top carnivores in regulating terrestrial ecosystems suggest the need for a paradigm shift in the field of ecological restoration consider the scientific details of implementing regional conservation in core areas, corridors, and in buffer zones discuss the need for megareserves and how to design themThe book ends by challenging the reader, whether scientist or advocate, to commit more time to the effort of saving nature. The authors argue that the very survival of nature is at stake, and scientists can no longer afford to stand behind a wall of austere objectivity.Continental Conservation is an important guidebook that can serve a vital role in helping fashion a radically honest, scientifically rigorous land-use agenda. It will be required reading for scientists and professionals at all levels involved with ecosystem and land management.

The Policy and Science of Regional Conservationp. 1
The Issue of Scale in Selecting and Designing Biological Reservesp. 19
The Role of Top Carnivores in Regulating Terrestrial Ecosystemsp. 39
Regional and Continental Restorationp. 65
Core Areas: Where Nature Reignsp. 99
Connectivity: Maintaining Flows in Fragmented Landscapesp. 129
Buffer Zones: Benefits and Dangers of Compatible Stewardshipp. 171
Why We Need Mega-Reserves - and How to Design Themp. 199
About the Contributorsp. 211
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9781559636988
ISBN-10: 155963698X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 1st May 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.32