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By Richard L. Knight, Sarah F. Bates, Vawter Parker, Peter Berck, Robert Costanza, Steward Pickett, James Kennedy, Jack Ward Thomas, Richard Ostfeld, Susan Kay Jacobson, Jeff DeBonis, Mark Brunson, Gloria Helfand, Winifred Kessler, Rupert Cutler, Robert H. N

This ebook explores the alterations which are resulting in a brand new century of normal assets administration. It locations the present scenario in historic standpoint, analyzes the forces which are propelling swap, and describes and examines the explicit alterations in ambitions, coverage, and perform which are reworking all elements of average assets management.A New Century for traditional assets administration is a vital evaluate for flora and fauna biologists, foresters, and others operating for public land companies; professors and scholars of ordinary assets; and all these whose livelihood depends upon using public average assets.

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Especially in the latter half of the 1980s, the need for interdisciplinary approaches became more formally recognized within the established professions. The problems themselves defined new foci for scientific research and application, including conservation biology, restoration ecology, landscape ecology, and sustainable agriculture. Concepts that had hovered on the periphery of resource management—sustainability, ecological health, ecosystem management—moved toward the center of the discussion.

In a peculiar dilemma: with one hand he points out the accumulated findings of his search for utility, or lack of utility, in this or that species; with the other he lifts the veil from a biota so complex, so conditioned by interwoven cooperations and competitions, that no man can say where utility begins or ends. No species can be “rated” without the tongue in the cheek. The old categories of “useful” and “harmful” have validity only as conditioned by time, place, and circumstance. The only sure conclusion is that the biota as a whole 24 I THE BEGINNING OF NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT is useful, and biota includes not only plants and animals, but soils and waters as well (31).

A new school of thought, however, focused on the protection and restoration of habitat as a way of allowing populations of native species to reestablish and perpetuate themselves. Aldo Leopold, the leading proponent of this approach, summarized his views in Game Management (1933), the first text in the field. By applying concepts from the emerging science of ecology to the conservation of animal populations and their habitats, Leopold’s work would revolutionize the field—with repercussions that extended far beyond the management of game.

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