This book provides an understanding of the many biological and sociopolitical considerations involved in the conservation of biological resources. It is intended to provide practical advice on procedures that can be used by professional resource managers who work at local and regional levels.
Section I: Basic Considerations for the Conservation of Biological Resources 1. Need for a Focus on Practitioners in Conservation Biological Resources 2. Roles for Land and Resource Managers in Conserving Biological Diversity 3. Conservation of Biological Resources: Responsibility to Nature and Future Generations Section II: Conceptual Foundations 4. Conservation Biology: New Goals and New Partners for Managers of Biological Resources 5. Landscape Ecology: The Big Picture Approach to Resource Management 6. Restoration Ecology: Repairing the Damage 7. People, Patches, and Politics: Considering the Human Dimension in Landscape Management 8. New Approaches in Managing Biodiversity: A Matter of Scale Section III: Tools and Techniques for Conserving Biological Diversity 9. Population Viability Analysis 10. Genetic Management of Small Populations 11. Using Decision Analysis to Manage Endangered Species 12. Elements of Geographic Information Systems for Information Systems for Wildlife Species 13. Gap Analysis: An Application of Geographic Information Systems for Wildlife Species Section IV: Case Studies in Conservation of Biological Resources: Putting Theory and Tools to Work 14. Massachusetts' Landscape-level Land Protection Program 15. Virginia's Coastal Ecosystem Protection Program 16. Conservation of Biological Resources in the Adirondacks 17. Conservation of Biological Resources in Allegany State Park 18. Land-use Modeling: Accommodating Growth While Conserving Biological Resources in Dutchess County 19. Creation and Restoration of Wetlands in Suburban Landscapes 20. Managing Suburban Forest Fragments for Birds 21. Conservation Biology Along Electric Transmission Rights-of-way: Problems 22. Conservation of Grassland Birds in Agricultural Areas 23. Management of Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat in a Suburban Landscape 24. Restoration of Large Predators: Potentials and Problems 25. Vegetation Restoration in Northeastern Alpine Zones Section V: Conservation of Land and Biological Resources in Transition - Implications for Management, Education, and Policy 26. Challenges for Public-sector and Private-sector Land Managers in the Conservation of Biological Resources 27. Challenges for University and Outreach Education in the Conservation of Biological Resources 28. Local Land Protection and Planning Efforts 29. Challenges in the Conservation of Biological Resources