Wild Forests: Conservation Biology And Public Policy

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Island Press, Jul 1, 1994 - Nature - 300 pages
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Wild Forests presents a coherent review of the scientific and policy issues surrounding biological diversity in the context of contemporary public forest management. The authors examine past and current practices of forest management and provide a comprehensive overview of known and suspected threats to diversity.

In addition to discussing general ecological principles, the authors evaluate specific approaches to forest management that have been proposed to ameliorate diversity losses. They present one such policy -- the Dominant Use Zoning Model incorporating an integrated network of "Diversity Maintenance Areas" -- and describe their attempts to persuade the U.S. Forest Service to adopt such a policy in Wisconsin.

Drawing on experience in the field, in negotiations, and in court, the authors analyze the ways in which federal agencies are coping with the mandates of conservation biology and suggest reforms that could better address these important issues. Throughout, they argue that wild or unengineered conditions are those that are most likely to foster a return to the species richness that we once enjoyed.

  

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Contents

Forests Then and Now
3
Shadows in the Forest
19
The Myth of Hearts Content
29
Patch and Disturbance Dynamics
39
Edge Effects
64
Area and Isolation Effects
76
Biological Inventory Research
94
The Evolution of Forest Management
120
Multiple Use on National Forest Lands
136
Toward a New Diversity Policy
179
First Postscript
257
Glossary of Abbreviations and Acronyms
287
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About the author (1994)

William S. Alverson is research associate and assistant scientist in the botany department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Donald M. Waller is professor of botany and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Walter Kuhlmann practises environmental law with the Madison, Wisconsin, law firm of Boardman, Suhr, Curry & Field.

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