Saving Nature's Legacy: Protecting And Restoring Biodiversity

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Island Press, Apr 1, 1994 - Nature - 416 pages
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Written by two leading conservation biologists, Saving Nature's Legacy is a thorough and readable introduction to issues of land management and conservation biology. It presents a broad, land-based approach to biodiversity conservation in the United States, with the authors succinctly translating principles, techniques, and findings of the ecological sciences into an accessible and practical plan for action.After laying the groundwork for biodiversity conservation -- what biodiversity is, why it is important, its status in North America -- Noss and Cooperrider consider the strengths and limitations of past and current approaches to land management. They then present the framework for a bold new strategy, with explicit guidelines on: inventorying biodiversityselecting areas for protection designing regional and continental reserve networks establishing monitoring programssetting priorities for getting the job done Throughout the volume, the authors provide in-depth assessments of what must be done to protect and restore the full spectrum of native biodiversity to the North American continent.

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Contents

Biodiversity and Its Value
3
Where Have We Failed?
23
Creation and Destruction
30
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About the author (1994)

Noss is chief scientist with the Conservation Biology Institute, based in Corvallis, Oregon.