Historical Environmental Variation in Conservation and Natural Resource Management

Historical Environmental Variation in Conservation and Natural Resource Management

Editor(s): John A. Wiens, Gregory D. Hayward, Hugh D. Safford, Catherine M. Giffen

Published Online: 8 JUL 2012 10:47PM EST

Print ISBN: 9781444337921

Online ISBN: 9781118329726

DOI: 10.1002/9781118329726

About this Book

In North America, concepts of Historical Range of Variability are being employed in land-management planning for properties of private organizations and multiple government agencies. The National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and The Nature Conservancy all include elements of historical ecology in their planning processes. Similar approaches are part of land management and conservation in Europe and Australia. Each of these user groups must struggle with the added complication of rapid climate change, rapid land-use change, and technical issues in order to employ historical ecology effectively.

Historical Environmental Variation in Conservation and Natural Resource Management explores the utility of historical ecology in a management and conservation context and the development of concepts related to understanding future ranges of variability. It provides guidance and insights to all those entrusted with managing and conserving natural resources: land-use planners, ecologists, fire scientists, natural resource policy makers, conservation biologists, refuge and preserve managers, and field practitioners. The book will be particularly timely as science-based management is once again emphasized in United States federal land management and as an understanding of the potential effects of climate change becomes more widespread among resource managers.

Additional resources for this book can be found at: www.wiley.com/go/wiens/historicalenvironmentalvariation.

Table of contents

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  1. Section 1: Background and History

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  2. Section 2: Issues and Challenges

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  3. Section 3: Modeling Historic Variation and Its Application for Understanding Future Variability

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  4. Section 4: Case Studies of Applications

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    2. Chapter 13

      Applying historical fi re-regime concepts to forest management in the western United States: three case studies (pages 194–204)

      Thomas E. DeMeo, Frederick J. Swanson, Edward B. Smith, Steven C. Buttrick, Jane Kertis, Jeanne Rice, Christopher D. Ringo, Amy Waltz, Chris Zanger, Cheryl A. Friesen and John H. Cissel

    3. Chapter 16

      Streams Past and Future: Fluvial Responses to Rapid Environmental Change in the Context of Historical Variation (pages 232–245)

      Daniel A. Auerbach, N. Leroy Poff, Ryan R. McShane, David M. Merritt, Matthew I. Pyne and Thomas K. Wilding

  5. Section 5: Global Perspectives

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  6. Section 6: Challenges for the Future

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