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Correction Lines: Essays on Land, Leopold, and Conservation


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The last fifteen years have been a period of dramatic change, both in the world at large and within the fields of ecology and conservation. The end of the Cold War, the dot-com boom and bust, the globalizing economy, and the attacks of September 11, among other events and trends, have reshaped our worldview and the political environment in which we find ourselves. At the same time, emerging knowledge, needs, and opportunities have led to a rapid evolution in our understanding of the scientific foundations and social context of conservation.<BR>Correction Lines is a new collection of essays from one of our most thoughtful and eloquent writers on conservation, putting these recent changes into perspective and exploring the questions they raise about the past, present, and future of the conservation movement. The essays explore interrelated themes: the relationship between biological and social dimensions; the historic tension between utilitarian and preservationist approaches; the integration of varied cultural perspectives; the enduring legacy of Aldo Leopold; the contrasts and continuities between conservation and environmentalism; the importance of political reform; and the need to "retool" conservation to address twentyfirst-century realities.<BR>Collectively the essays assert that we have reached a critical juncture in conservation-a "correction line" of sorts. Correction Lines argues that we need a more coherent and comprehensive account of the past if we are to understand our present circumstances and move forward under unprecedented conditions.<BR>Meine brings together a deep sense of history with powerful language and compelling imagery, yielding new insights into the origins anddevelopment of contemporary conservation. Correction Lines will help us think more clearly about the forces that have changed, and are changing, conservation, and inspire us to address current realities and future needs.<BR>

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Meine, a conservation biologist, draws on his studies of Aldo Leopold to connect concepts of conservation science, policy and philosophy to recent changes in politics and social conditions to show how much more complex our environment is than we had previously thought. He examines the "useable past" of conservation and its possible applications to sustainable societies, the ideas and influence of Leopold on questions about our past, present and future use of the land, and the substantive changes we must make to build a new and effective "land ethic." He points out that Whitman's perception that the health of the American democracy is tied to the health of its land, still holds true.
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About the Author

Curt Meine is a writer and conservation biologist. He is author of the biography Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work (University of Wisconsin Press, 1988), editor of the collection Wallace Stegner and the Continental Vision (Island Press, 1997), and co-editor with Richard L. Knight of The Essential Aldo Leopold (University of Wisconsin Press, 1999). He has served on the board of governors of the Society for Conservation Biology and sits on the editorial boards of the journals Conservation Biology and Environmental Ethics.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Turning the Corner


PART I. Conservation's Usable Past

Chapter 1. The Oldest Task in Human History

Chapter 2. Conservation and the Progressive Movement

Chapter 3. Conservation Biology and Sustainable Societies


PART II. Leopold's Legacy

Chapter 4. Leopold's Fine Line

Chapter 5. Emergence of an Idea

Chapter 6. Giving Voice to Concern

Chapter 7. Moving Mountains

Chapter 8.The Secret Leopold


PART III. Facing Forward

Chapter 9. Inherit the Grid

Chapter 10. The Once and Future Land Ethic

Chapter 11. Home, Land, Security



Acknowledgment of Sources

About the Author


Product Details

Meine, Curt
Island Press
Washington, D.C.
Nature conservation
Environmental economics
Development - Sustainable Development
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Nature conservation -- United States.
Leopold, Aldo - Influence
Business - General
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