1. Setting the Stage: Theoretical and Conceptual Background of Historical Range of Variation

  1. John A. Wiens2,3,
  2. Gregory D. Hayward4,5,
  3. Hugh D. Safford6,7 and
  4. Catherine M. Giffen8
  1. William H. Romme1,
  2. John A. Wiens2,3 and
  3. Hugh D. Safford6,7

Published Online: 8 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118329726.ch1

Historical Environmental Variation in Conservation and Natural Resource Management

Historical Environmental Variation in Conservation and Natural Resource Management

How to Cite

Romme, W. H., Wiens, J. A. and Safford, H. D. (2012) Setting the Stage: Theoretical and Conceptual Background of Historical Range of Variation, in Historical Environmental Variation in Conservation and Natural Resource Management (eds J. A. Wiens, G. D. Hayward, H. D. Safford and C. M. Giffen), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118329726.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    PRBO Conservation Science, 3820 Cypress Dr #11, Petaluma, CA 94954, USA

  2. 3

    School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 2006, Australia

  3. 4

    USDA Forest Service, Alaska Region, 3301 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99504, USA

  4. 5

    USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, Lakewood, CO 80401, USA

  5. 6

    USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Vallejo, CA 94592, USA

  6. 7

    Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA

  7. 8

    USDA Forest Service, National Office Washington, DC, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA

  2. 2

    PRBO Conservation Science, 3820 Cypress Dr #11, Petaluma, CA 94954, USA

  3. 3

    School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 2006, Australia

  4. 6

    USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Vallejo, CA 94592, USA

  5. 7

    Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444337921

Online ISBN: 9781118329726

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Keywords:

  • HRV, theoretical and conceptual;
  • historical ecology and HRV, mechanisms of temporal change;
  • resource/ecological management, focus on the past;
  • ecological conditions, and preserving native species;
  • terms and definitions, in describing HRV concept;
  • humans and role in reference ecosystems, data available;
  • limitations of HRV “fading record,” “selective record,” information from localized;
  • HRV in resource management, planning, policymaking;
  • HRV in identifying ecological conditions, restoring ecological resilience;
  • historical ecology in aquatic and terrestrial systems

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Historical Ecology and Historical Range of Variation (HRV)

  • Some Critical Issues and Limitations of the HRV Concept

  • Some Examples of the Application of HRV in a Changing World

  • Précis

  • References