Ecosystem Management


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Applications for Sustainable Forest and Wildlife Resources

Edited by Mark S. Boyce and Alan Haney

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Until recently, natural resource management of such commodities as timber and wildlife was driven largely by the desire to exploit these resources. During the past three decades, however, ecologists have warned that this approach to natural resource management could have unforeseen consequences because it ignored how ecosystems function within the landscape. Federal agencies that oversee forest and wildlife resources have begun to implement different schemes of ecosystem management, schemes that vary enormously among agencies. Contributors to this volume—leading experts who are agency personnel as well as researchers—now clarify the key elements of sound ecosystem management and offer prescriptions for implementing them.

The authors discuss definitions of ecosystem management, sustainability of ecological systems, landscape ecology, resource management at different scales and in an ecosystem context, new advances in computer technology that facilitate classification schemes for ecosystems, ecosystem restoration, biological diversity, and public concerns. Throughout, the experts agree that management practices must be sustainable: that production of commodities, such amenities as recreation and aesthetics, and biodiversity must not be allowed to decline over time.

Mark S. Boyce is Vallier Chair of Ecology and Wisconsin Distinguished Professor in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Alan Haney is dean of the College of Natural Resources at the same university.

"The authors of this fine book have clarified the theory and application of sustainable ecosystem management. The book will be received well and read widely."—Tim W. Clark

"Ecosystem management is an evolutionary process in the application of science and philosophy to the husbandry of the good earth upon which all the inhabitants thereof depend for sustenance. [It] is a concept that . . . stand[s] at a confluence of streams of science, philosophy, technological capability, and recognized human need. . . .This book is a significant contribution of thoughtful scientists on how we may rationally begin to navigate the white water of those merged and merging currents. What lies ahead is an exciting journey."—Jack Ward Thomas

"The authors have done an excellent job of describing recent discoveries in ecosystem sciences and relating those advances in theory to real-world practices."—Choice

"We have here a novel approach to this important area of ecology that should have wide application and appeal."—Peter D. Moore, Biologist

"A diversity of topics and solid editing make this an important contribution to the emerging literature on ecosystem management."—American Forests

"This book can enrich any discussion of ecosystem management because of its breadth and the commitment to sustainability by the authors. Its complete index makes it a good reference to specific organisms and ecosystems."—Jane Kapler Smith, Quarterly Review of Biology

"This book is an indispensable resource for those wishing to understand or implement ecosystem management. It provides a wealth of conceptual background and case history examples of what ecosystem management is and why we need to employ it."—Steven Buskirk, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming

ISBN: 9780300078589
Publication Date: January 11, 1999
384 pages, 6 x 9
30 b/w illus.