Applying Nature's Design: Corridors as a Strategy for Biodiversity Conservation

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The fragmenting of habitats is endangering animal populations and degrading or destroying many plant populations throughout the world. To address this problem, conservationists have increasingly turned to biological corridors, areas of land set aside to facilitate the movement of species and ecological processes. However, while hundreds of corridor initiatives are under way worldwide, there is little practical information to guide their design, location, and management. "Applying Nature's Design" offers a comprehensive overview of current knowledge on corridors, their design, and their implementation. Anthony B. Anderson and Clinton N. Jenkins examine a variety of conceptual and practical issues associated with corridors and provide detailed case studies from around the world. Their work considers how to manage and govern corridors, how to build support among various interest groups for corridors, and the obstacles to implementation. In addition to assessing various environmental and ecological challenges, the authors are the first to consider the importance of socioeconomic and political issues in creating and maintaining corridors.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Quarterly Review of Biology - Terry L. Erwin
This small volume is packed with ideas, concepts, and references. It should be on the bookshelves of conservationists.
Landscape Ecology - Stephen N. Matthews
This book presents an opportunity for a diverse readership to gain a new perspective about corridors and to spark new ideas of how their disciplines can participate.
[A] valuable book... Highly recommended.

[A] valuable book... Highly recommended.

Quarterly Review of Biology
This small volume is packed with ideas, concepts, and references. It should be on the bookshelves of conservationists.

— Terry L. Erwin

Landscape Ecology
This book presents an opportunity for a diverse readership to gain a new perspective about corridors and to spark new ideas of how their disciplines can participate.

— Stephen N. Matthews

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Meet the Author

Anthony B. Anderson is an independent conservation consultant. He is the editor of Alternatives to Deforestation (Columbia) and the coauthor (with Peter May and Michael Balick) of The Subsidy from Nature: Palm Forests, Peasantry, and Development of the Amazon Frontier (Columbia).Clinton N. Jenkins is a conservation ecologist at the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Conceptual foundations of corridors 11
3 Corridor design 27
4 Corridor implementation 51
5 Case studies 81
Case 1 Forest corridors for lion tamarins in the Atlantic Forest 83
Case 2 The Talamanca-Caribbean corridor, Costa Rica 95
Case 3 A corridor network for wildlife in Florida, USA 106
Case 4 The Y2Y corridor in the U.S. and Canadian Rocky Mountains 124
Case 5 Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument : a "wildlife highway" for the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion 143
Case 6 The lower Kinabatangan River corridor, Malaysia 157
Case 7 The Terai arc landscape of India and Nepal 169
Case 8 Restoring landscape linkages in the Veluwe region, the Netherlands 184
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