Successful natural resource administration demands the well-exercised ability to deal with the interests of many actors--including the public and wildlife--in a balanced, constructive way. The authors of this book, recognized as experts in the management of natural resources, discuss management with special emphasis on fish and other wildlife. Their approach to management development constantly searches for creative compromises that protect today's wildlife for future generations while maximizing present social and economic benefits. Their comprehensive treatment also includes a discussion of such topics as the interaction of human management of wildlife with natural regulation of wildlife; the need for sound research and development programs; the importance of public participation in the management of natural resources; and the political and administrative context in which resource management must take place.
Introduction: Management Development- Policies and People -- Emerging Patterns and Problems in Administration of Natural Resources -- Preface: Interrelationships in a Natural-Resource Agency -- On Classifying Rare Species: The Statutory Visiting Committee -- Self-Images of the Professional -- Motivation in Natural-Resource Administration -- View from the Field of Fish and Wildlife Administration -- Conclusion: Reflections and Observations -- Fish and Wildlife Resources Evaluation -- Preface: Fish and Wildlife Resources Evaluation -- Decision-Making in Natural Resources: An Introduction -- The Role of Benefit-Cost Analysis in Fish and Wildlife Programs -- Resources Evaluation in Decision-Making -- Willingness to Pay and Morality: A Study of Future Values -- Conclusion: New Directions in Resources Evaluation -- Concepts and Practices in Fish and Wildlife Administration -- Preface: Concepts and Practices in Current Fish and Wildlife Administration -- A Case for Objective Setting- The Future of the US Fish and Wildlife Service -- A Sense of Life: Perspectives of Wildlife Policies Regarding Endangered Species -- Our Changing Attitudes Toward Wildlife -- Risk, Uncertainty, and Policy Management -- Environmental Impact Assessment: Its Role in Protecting Fish and Wildlife Values -- Conclusion: Findings and Challenges- True Resource Values -- The Natural-Resource Agency-Its People and Organization -- Preface: People-The Challenge -- Professional Ethics and Motives -- Success of Failure -- Bio-politics and the Mature Professional -- Conclusion: Understanding and Job Satisfaction -- People and Wildlife: Public Involvement in Fish and Wildlife Administration -- Preface: The Issues of Public Involvement -- Philosophical Notes on Public Participation -- The Conditions for Negotiated Decision-Making -- Approaches to Participation in Natural-Resource Decisions -- Public Involvement in the US Fish and Wildlife Service -- Public Involvement- A State Perspective -- Conclusion: Challenges of the Future -- Conclusion: Management Development-Conventional and Innovative