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The Wildlands Project is a far-reaching effort by scientists and activists to develop better ways of protecting nature, wilderness, and biodiversity. Its ultimate goal is to establish an effective network of nature reserves throughout North America-core conservation areas linked by corridors, and buffered, where appropriate, by lands that may also serve economic objectives.

Continental Conservation represents the work of thirty leading experts-including Michael Soulandeacute;, John Terborgh, Reed Noss, Paul Paquet, Dan Simberloff, Rodolfo Dirzo, J. Michael Scott, Andrew Dobson, and others-brought together by The Wildlands Project to examine the science underlying the design and management of these regional-scale networks. It provides conservationists and biologists with the latest scientific principles for protecting living nature at spatial scales that encompass entire regions and continents.

Following an opening chapter that sets the stage by introducing major themes and the scientific and policy background, the contributors:

  • consider scale in the identification, selection, and design of biological reserves
  • examine the role of top carnivores in regulating terrestrial ecosystems
  • suggest the need for a paradigm shift in the field of ecological restoration
  • consider the scientific details of implementing regional conservation in core areas, corridors, and in buffer zones
  • discuss the need for megareserves and how to design them

The book ends by challenging the reader, whether scientist or advocate, to commit more time to the effort of saving nature. The authors argue that the very survival of nature is at stake, and scientists can no longer afford to stand behind a wall of austere objectivity.

Continental Conservation is an important guidebook that can serve a vital role in helping fashion a radically honest, scientifically rigorous land-use agenda. It will be required reading for scientists and professionals at all levels involved with ecosystem and land management.

Synopsis:

Continental Conservation represents the work of thirty leading experts — including Michael Soule, John Terborgh, Reed Noss, Paul Paquet, Dan Simberloff, Rodolfo Dirzo, J. Michael Scott, Andrew Dobson, and others — brought together by The Wildlands Project to examine the science underlying the design and management of regional-scale reserve networks. It provides conservationists and biologists with the latest scientific principles for protecting living nature at spatial scales that encompass entire regions and continents.

About the Author

Michael E. Soule is a past president and current science director of The Wildlands Project and professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

John Terborgh is James B. Duke Professor of Environmental Science and Botany and co-director of the Center for Tropical Conservation at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559636988
Editor:
Soule, Michael E.
Editor:
Terborgh, John
Editor:
Soule, Michael E.
Editor:
Terborgh, John
Editor:
Soule, Michael E.; Terborgh, John
Author:
Michael E. Soul
Author:
Soule, Michael E.
Author:
eacute
Author:
Soul
Author:
&
Author:
Michael E
Author:
Terborgh, John
Editor:
Terborgh, John
Publisher:
Island Press
Location:
Washington, D.C. :
Subject:
Wildlife
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Nature conservation
Subject:
Conservation of natural resources
Subject:
Biological diversity conservation
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Biodiversity conservation
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
238
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Continental Conservation represents the work of thirty leading experts — including Michael Soule, John Terborgh, Reed Noss, Paul Paquet, Dan Simberloff, Rodolfo Dirzo, J. Michael Scott, Andrew Dobson, and others — brought together by The Wildlands Project to examine the science underlying the design and management of regional-scale reserve networks. It provides conservationists and biologists with the latest scientific principles for protecting living nature at spatial scales that encompass entire regions and continents.
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