Conservation for a New Generation: Redefining Natural Resources Management

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In hundreds of watersheds and communities across the United States, conservation is being reinvented and invigorated by collaborative efforts between federal, state, and local governments working with nongovernmental organizations and private landowners, and fueled by economic incentives, to promote both healthy natural communities and healthy human communities.


Conservation for a New Generation captures those efforts with chapters that explain the new landscape of conservation along with case studies that illustrate these new approaches. The book brings together leading voices in the field of environmental conservation—Lynne Sherrod, Curt Meine, Daniel Kemmis, Luther Propst, Jodi Hilty, Peter Forbes, and many others—to offer fourteen chapters and twelve case studies that


• demonstrate the benefits of government agencies partnering with diverse stakeholders;

• explore how natural resources management is evolving;

• discuss emerging practices for conservation, including conservation planning, ecological restoration, valuing ecosystem services, and using economic incentives;

• promote cooperation on natural resources issues that have in the past been divisive.


Throughout, contributors focus on the fundamental truth that unites human and land communities: as one prospers, so does the other; as one declines, so too will the other. The book illustrates how natural resources management that emphasizes building strong relationships results in outcomes that are beneficial to both people and land.

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Editorial Reviews

Natural Areas Journal - Monte P. Sanford

"Conservation for a New Generation is a must read for those engaged in conservation science or practice. The book is uplifting, motivating, and encouraging of new ways of thinking about and doing conservation. The book should become a standard in conservation biology and natural resources management courses across colleges and universities around the globe."
Australasian Journal of Environmental Management
"Conservation for a New Generation would be well suited as supplementary reading material for a university course, or could also serve as a reference piece for managers who could benefit from new approaches to problem solving."
Choice - R. L. Smith

"Conservation for a New Generation is a must read for all conservationsists."

-- R. L. Smith, emeritus, West Virginia University

Natural Areas Journal
"Conservation for a New Generation is a must read for those engaged in conservation science or practice. The book is uplifting, motivating, and encouraging of new ways of thinking about and doing conservation. The book should become a standard in conservation biology and natural resources management courses across colleges and universities around the globe."
"Conservation for a New Generation is a must read for all conservationsists."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597264389
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 11/7/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,156,352
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard L. Knight is professor of wildlife conservation in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. Courtney White is cofounder and executive director of the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists, public land managers, scientists, and others.

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Table of Contents

Introduction \ Richark L. Knight
Chapter 1. This Place in Time \ Curt Meine
PART I. Agencies and Institutions: The Need for Innovation
Chapter 2. Natural Resource Agencies: The Necessity for Change \ Anthony S. Cheng
Chapter 3. Public Lands: Better Policies from Better Politics \ Daniel Kemmis
Chapter 4. Parks and Protected Areas: Conserving Lands across Administrative Boundaries \ Jonathan Adams
-Case Study 1: Innovators Down Under: New Zealand 's Fisheries \ Christopher M. Dewees
-Case Study 2: When Government Respects Landholders: Wildlife in Zimbabwe \ Mike Jones
-Case Study 3: Kinzua Deer Cooperative: Conservation through Cooperation \ Jeffrey Kochel
-Working Wildlands \ Lynne Sherrod
PART II. A Changing Toolbox for Conservation
Chapter 5. Conservation Planning: New Tools and New Approaches \ Jodi A. Hilty and Craig R. Groves
Chapter 6. Community Planning: Challenges, Obstacles, and Opportunities \ Laura A. Lucero
Chapter 7. Economic Incentives: Conservation that Pays \ Luther Propst, Adam Davis, John Shepherd, and Nina Chambers
Chapter 8. Ecosystem Services: The Nature of Valuing Nature \ J. B. Ruhl
-Case Study 5: Conservation at the Speed of Business \ Willian J. Ginn
-Case Study 6: California North Coast Forest Conservation Initiative \ Chris Kelly
-Case Study 7: Ranching for Family and Profit \ Kay and David James
PART III. The Radical Center: Finding Common Ground
Chapter 9. Food and Open Spaces: Bridging the Rural-urban Divide \ Richard L. Knight
Chapter 10. Land Health: A Language to Describe the Common Ground Beneath Our Feet \ Courtney White
Chapter 11. Reciprocity: Toward a New Relationship \ Peter Forbes
-Case Study 8: Communication Networks, Leadership, and Conservation in an African Seascape \ Beatrice I. Crona
-Case Study 9: Farmer as Conservationist \ James L. Andrew
-Case Study 10: Wallowa County: The Power of 'We'? \ Diane Dagget Snyder
-Case Study 11: Collaboration as Teacher \ Dan Dagget
-Case Study 12: Groundswell: Community Dynamics from the Bottom Up \ Todd Graham
Chapter 12. Where Will the Moose Live? \ Bob Budd
Conclusion: An Unprecedented Future \ Courtney White
List of Contributors

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