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Ghost Bears : Exploring The Biodiversity Crisis - R. Edward Grumbine

Ghost Bears

Exploring The Biodiversity Crisis

Paperback Published: 1st August 1993
ISBN: 9781559631518
Number Of Pages: 314

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Across the country and around the world, species that once flourished are now seldom seen. The impact of humans on organisms, ecosystems, and the biosphere has reached crisis proportions, but often this crisis is viewed in terms of a single species - the spotted owl, the snail darter - that is being threatened by a specific human action - logging, building. Rarely are the essential links between human values, actions, and management goals that create this tragedy ever examined. In Ghost Bears, R. Edward Grumbine looks at the wide-ranging implications of this crisis and explains why our species-centered approach will ultimately fail to protect ecosystems and diversity. Using the fate of the endangered grizzly bear - the "ghost bear" - to explore the causes and effects of species loss and habitat destruction, Grumbine presents a clear assessment of the biodiversity crisis and introduces the new science of conservation biology. While conservation biology may eventually provide theories and tools for solutions to this crisis, until now its philosophical and conceptual framework has remained inaccessible to the general public. Grumbine explains this science in understandable terms and in the process, describes the connections between conservation biology, environmental laws, land management practices, and environmental values that must be understood if the environmental destruction we are wreaking is to be brought under control.

Boundary Marking: An Introductionp. 3
The Biology of Thinking Like a Mountainp. 15
Defining Biodiversityp. 22
The Advent of Conservation Biologyp. 28
The Quest for Viable Populationsp. 31
The Decline of Nature Reservesp. 41
Effects of Habitat Fragmentationp. 44
Natural Disturbances and Patchy Landscapesp. 53
Greater Ecosystems and Biological Corridorsp. 57
A New Ecological Image of Naturep. 60
Ghost Bearsp. 64
Grizzly Bears in North Americap. 66
The Bear Mother Mythp. 69
Grizzlies in the North Cascadesp. 72
Grizzly Bear Recoveryp. 81
Decisions for the Futurep. 83
Laws on the Landp. 87
The Limits of Legal Preservationp. 89
The Endangered Species Act and Biodiversityp. 92
The National Forest Management Actp. 101
National Forest Planningp. 109
The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Forest Planp. 111
Challenging the Forest Service in Wisconsinp. 114
Forest Plans and the Courtsp. 117
A National Biodiversity Protection Act?p. 120
Legislation for Ancient Forestsp. 122
The Future of Legislative Reformp. 126
The Landscape of Managementp. 130
What Is a Resource?p. 132
The Origins of Public Land Management and the Rise of the Forest Servicep. 134
Rivalry with the Park Servicep. 139
Wise-Use Todayp. 141
The Story of the Northern Spotted Owlp. 143
The Genesis of Ecosystem Managementp. 155
Ecosystem Management in Practice: Lessons from Yellowstone and the North Cascadesp. 161
Federal Agencies and Public Participationp. 167
Reforming the Landscape of Managementp. 171
Ecosystem Management for Native Diversityp. 178
Ecosystem-Management Goalsp. 184
Outlining a Model of Ecosystem Managementp. 186
Land Managers in Support of Biodiversityp. 198
Passing an Endangered Ecosystems Actp. 206
Protecting Biodiversity on State and Private Landsp. 211
Scientists and Advocacyp. 217
Biodiversity and Civic Responsibilityp. 221
Resources, Ecosystems, Placep. 229
The Council of All Beingsp. 230
Ecosystem Management for the Ecological Selfp. 232
The Fallacy of Ecosystem Managementp. 236
Dwelling in the Commons: A Map for the Futurep. 241
The Promise of the Biodiversity Crisisp. 247
Notesp. 249
Glossaryp. 275
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9781559631518
ISBN-10: 1559631511
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 1st August 1993
Publisher: ISLAND PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Type: New edition