The Science of Conservation Planning: Habitat Conservation Under The Endangered Species Act

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Island Press, 1997 - Nature - 246 pages
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Broad-scale conservation of habitats is increasingly being recognized as a more effective means of protecting species and landscapes than single-species preservation efforts. While interest in the approach has grown tremendously in recent years, it remains controversial and the science behind it has yet to be fully developed.

In The Science of Conservation Planning, three of the nation's leading conservation biologists explore the role of the scientist in the planning process and present a framework and guidelines for applying science to regional habitat-based conservation planning. Chapters consider: history and background of conservation planning efforts criticisms of science in conservation planning principles of conservation biology that apply to conservation planning detailed examination of conservation plans specific recommendations for all parties involved.

The recommendations, interpretations, and questions provided are thoroughly based in the science of conservation biology, and the framework presented is adaptable to allow for revision and improvement as knowledge is gained and theories refined. The Science of Conservation Planning will serve as a model for the application of conservation biology to real-life problems, and can lead to the development of scientifically and politically sound plans that are likely to achieve their conservation goals, even in cases where biological and ecological information is limited.

The book is essential for scientists at all levels, including agency biologists, academic scientists, environmental consultants, and scientists employed by industry and conservation groups. It is also a valuable resource for elected officials and their staffs, environmentalists, developers, students, and citizen activists involved with the complex and contentious arena of conservation planning.


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1 Species and Habitats
A Brief History
3 Criticisms of Science in Habitatbased Conservation Plans
4 Principles for Habitatbased Conservation
5 Criteria for Assessing the Adequacy of Conservation Plans
6 A Framework and Guidelines for Habitat Conservation
7 Conclusions
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Reed F. Noss is a consultant in conservation biology, past editor of the journal Conservation Biology, and president of the Society for Conservation Biology (19992001). He is the author of The Redwood Forest (Island Press, 2000), and Saving Nature's Legacy (Island Press, 1994). His new book, Large Mammal Restoration (Island Press, 2001) is due out in the fall of 2001. He also wrote the foreword for Restoring Diversity (Island Press, 1996). Michael A. O'Connell is director of natural community conservation planning in the California field office of The Nature Conservancy. Dennis D. Murphy is president of the Society for Conservation Biology and faculty member at Stanford University and at the University of Nevada-Reno.

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