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TitleHistorical environmental variation in conservation and natural resource management
Author edited by, John A. Wiens ... [et al.]
Imprint Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012
Descript xiv, 337 p., 4 leaves of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm


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. -- From publisher's web site


Section 1: Background and History -- Setting the Stage: Theoretical and Conceptual Background of Historical Range of Variation / William H Romme, John A Wiens, Hugh D Safford -- Development of Historical Ecology Concepts and their Application to Resource Management and Conservation / Wayne Padgett, Barbara Schrader, Mary Manning, Timothy Tear -- Section 2: Issues and Challenges -- Challenges in the Application of Historical Range of Variation to Conservation and Land Management / Gregory D Hayward, Thomas T Veblen, Lowell H Suring, Bob Davis -- Historical Ecology, Climate Change, and Resource Management: Can the Past Still Inform the Future? / Hugh D Safford, Gregory D Hayward, Nicole E Heller, John A Wiens -- What is the Scope of 3History4 in Historical Ecology? Issues of Scale in Management and Conservation / John A Wiens, Hugh D Safford, Kevin McGarigal, William H Romme, Mary Manning -- Native Americans, Ecosystem Development, and Historical Range of Variation / Gregory J Nowacki, Douglas W MacCleery, Frank K Lake -- Conservation and Resource Management in a Changing World: Extending Historical Range of Variation Beyond the Baseline / Stephen T Jackson -- Section 3: Modeling Historic Variation and Its Application for Understanding Future Variability -- Creating Historical Range of Variation (HRV) Time Series Using Landscape Modeling: Overview and Issues / Robert E Keane -- Modeling Historical Range of Variability at a Range of Scales: an Example Application / Kevin McGarigal, William H Romme -- Section 4: Case Studies of Applications. Part Introduction -- Regional Application of Historical Ecology at Ecologically Defined Scales: Forest Ecosystems in the Colorado Front Range / Thomas T Veblen, William H Romme, Claudia Regan -- Incorporating Concepts of Historical Range of Variation in Ecosystem-Based Management of British Columbia's Coastal Temperate Rainforest / Andy MacKinnon, Sari C Saunders -- Incorporating HRV in Minnesota National Forest Land and Resource Management Plans: a Practitioner's Story / Mary Shedd, Jim Gallagher, Michael Jim̌nez, Duane Lula -- Applying historical fi re-regime concepts to forest management in the western United States: three case studies / 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, John H Cissel -- Using Historical Ecology to Inform Wildlife Conservation, Restoration, and Management / Beth A Hahn, John L Curnutt -- River Floodplain Restoration Experiments Offer a Window into the Past / Ramona O Swenson, Richard J Reiner, Mark Reynolds, Jaymee Marty -- Streams Past and Future: Fluvial Responses to Rapid Environmental Change in the Context of Historical Variation / Daniel A Auerbach, N Leroy Poff, Ryan R McShane, David M Merritt, Matthew I Pyne, Thomas K Wilding -- A Framework for Applying the Historical Range of Variation Concept to Ecosystem Management / William H Romme, Gregory D Hayward, Claudia Regan -- Section 5: Global Perspectives -- Ecological History Guides the Future of Conservation: Lessons from Africa / A R E Sinclair -- Ecological History has Present and Future Ecological Consequences 6 Case Studies from Australia / David Lindenmayer -- A View from the Past to the Future / Keith J Kirby -- Is the Historical Range of Variation Relevant to Rangeland Management? / Brandon T Bestelmeyer -- Knowing the Fennoscandian Taiga: Ecohistorical Lessons / Yrj̲ Haila -- Section 6: Challenges for the Future. Reflections on the Relevance of History in a Nonstationary World / Julio L Betancourt -- The Growing Importance of the Past in Managing Ecosystems of the Future / Hugh D Safford, John A Wiens, And Gregory D Hayward

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