5. What is the Scope of “History” in Historical Ecology? Issues of Scale in Management and Conservation

  1. John A. Wiens4,5,
  2. Gregory D. Hayward6,7,
  3. Hugh D. Safford8,9 and
  4. Catherine M. Giffen10
  1. John A. Wiens4,5,
  2. Hugh D. Safford8,9,
  3. Kevin McGarigal1,
  4. William H. Romme2 and
  5. Mary Manning3

Published Online: 8 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118329726.ch5

Historical Environmental Variation in Conservation and Natural Resource Management

Historical Environmental Variation in Conservation and Natural Resource Management

How to Cite

Wiens, J. A., Safford, H. D., McGarigal, K., Romme, W. H. and Manning, M. (2012) What is the Scope of “History” in Historical Ecology? Issues of Scale in Management and Conservation, 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.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 4

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

  2. 5

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

  3. 6

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

  4. 7

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

  5. 8

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

  6. 9

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

  7. 10

    USDA Forest Service, National Office Washington, DC, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, USA

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    USDA Forest Service, Northern Region, 200 East Broadway, Missoula, Montana 59807 - 7669, USA

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 8

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

  7. 9

    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:

  • scope of “history” in historical ecology, scale in management/conservation;
  • variation in any factor of interest and timescale;
  • dynamics of ecological system and appropriate scale of management;
  • generalized space-timescale of forests, fire or beetle outbreaks;
  • Venn diagram, scales of variation in the environment;
  • scale, and implications in historical ecology;
  • sudden shifts/tipping points in trajectory, boundaries of domains of scale;
  • system dynamics resilient to disturbance, resilience and feedback mechanisms;
  • temporal variation magnitude and pattern, and spatial variation;
  • scales of the dominant disturbance, in determining scales

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Scale in Ecology

  • Some Implications of Scale in Historical Ecology

  • Scales in Time and Space Interact

  • Conclusions: Dealing with Scale

  • Coda: Scaling Conservation and Management in a Changing World

  • References