Today, efforts are being made to rehabilitate badly degraded ecosystems and protect areas which have important ecological value, such as national parks, critical fish and wildlife habitats, natural communities and endangered species.
Since human values are an integral part of the decisions to protect or rehabilitate-the goals and objectives for such actions are often unclear. Concepts of "health," "integrity" and "diversity" express important values associated with management actions but they do not provide clear guidelines for these actions.
The criteria developed and applied in this book provide guidelines and serve as a road map to anyone involved in ecosystem management-scientists, land managers and policy makers.
"This is a wonderful book for those who want an understanding of the complexities and the issues involved in understanding ecosystem integrity and ecological monitoring. I highly recommend that you read this book…"
-Estuaries, William L Halvorson, University of Arizona
SETTING THE STAGE
The Notion of Natural and Cultural Integrity, Henry A. Reiger
Considerations of Scale and Hierarchy, Anthony W. King
Applying Notions of Ecological Integrity, Robert Steedman and Wolfgang Haider
Choosing Indicators of Ecosystem Integrity: Wetlands as a Model System, Paul A. Keddy, Harold T. Lee and Irene C. Wisheu
APPLYING THE CONCEPTS
Measuring Biological Integrity: Lessons from Streams, James R. Karr
Monitoring for Ecosystem Integrity, R.E. Munn
National and Regional Scale Measures of Canada's Ecosystem Health, I.B. Marshall, H. Hirvonen and E. Wiken
National Environmental Monitoring: A Case Study of the Atlantic Maritime Region, N.L. Shackell and B. Freedman
Monitoring and Measuring Ecosystem Integrity in Canadian National Parks, Stephen Woodley
An Approach to the Development of Biological Sediment Guidelines, Trevor B. Reynoldson and Michael A. Zarull
On the Nature of Ecological Integrity: Some Closing Comments, James J. Kay