24. The Growing Importance of the Past in Managing Ecosystems of the Future

  1. John A. Wiens1,2,
  2. Gregory D. Hayward3,4,
  3. Hugh D. Safford5,6 and
  4. Catherine M. Giffen7
  1. Hugh D. Safford5,6,
  2. John A. Wiens1,2 and
  3. And Gregory D. Hayward3,4

Published Online: 8 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118329726.ch24

Historical Environmental Variation in Conservation and Natural Resource Management

Historical Environmental Variation in Conservation and Natural Resource Management

How to Cite

Safford, H. D., Wiens, J. A. and Hayward, A. G. D. (2012) The Growing Importance of the Past in Managing Ecosystems of the Future, 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.ch24

Editor Information

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

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

  7. 7

    USDA Forest Service, National Office Washington, DC, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

    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:

  • the past, in ecosystem management of the future;
  • past events and sequence, cause and effect patterns;
  • historical ecology in the anthropocene;
  • environmental change, climate and land-use change;
  • barriers, historical ecology into land management;
  • ecological system dynamism, and difficulties;
  • stationarity, central to hydrologic management;
  • nature of ecological dynamism, as basis for understanding;
  • role of humans in ecosystem dynamics;
  • historical ecology, conditions experienced in the past

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Intrinsic Difficulties in Managing Dynamism in Ecological Systems

  • Issues with the Quality and Quantity of Historical Data

  • The Role of Humans in Ecosystem Dynamics

  • The Relevance of Historical Ecology in the Anthropocene

  • What Should Resource Managers do?

  • References