Correction Lines: Essays on Land, Leopold, and Conservation

Correction Lines: Essays on Land, Leopold, and Conservation

by Curt Meine
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1559637323

ISBN-13: 9781559637329

Pub. Date: 10/01/2004

Publisher: Island Press

The Last Fifteen Years have been a period of dramatic change, both in the world at large and within the fields of ecology and conservation. The end of the Cold War, the dot-com boom and bust, the globalizing economy, and the attacks of September 11, among other events and trends, have reshaped our worldview and the political environment in which we find ourselves. At

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The Last Fifteen Years have been a period of dramatic change, both in the world at large and within the fields of ecology and conservation. The end of the Cold War, the dot-com boom and bust, the globalizing economy, and the attacks of September 11, among other events and trends, have reshaped our worldview and the political environment in which we find ourselves. At the same time, emerging knowledge, needs, and opportunities have led to a rapid evolution in our understanding of the scientific foundations and social context of conservation.

Correction Lines is a new collection of essays from one of our most thoughtful and eloquent writers on conservation, putting these recent changes into perspective and exploring the questions they raise about the past, present, and future of the conservation movement. The essays explore interrelated themes: the relationship between biological and social dimensions; the historic tension between utilitarian and preservationist approaches; the integration of varied cultural perspectives; the enduring legacy of Aldo Leopold; the contrasts and continuities between conservation and environmentalism; the importance of political reform; and the need to "retool" conservation to address twenty-first-century realities.

Collectively the essays assert that we have reached a critical juncture in conservation-a "correction line" of sorts. Correction Lines argues that we need a more coherent and comprehensive account of the past if we are to understand our present circumstances and move forward under unprecedented conditions. Meine brings together a deep sense of history with powerful language and compelling imagery, yielding new insights into the origins and development of contemporary conservation. Correction Lines will help us think more clearly about the forces that have changed, and are changing, conservation, and inspire us to address current realities and future needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559637329
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction: Turning the Corner1
Part 1Conservation's Usable Past
1The Oldest Task in Human History13
2Conservation and the Progressive Movement42
3Conservation Biology and Sustainable Societies63
Part 2Leopold's Legacy
4Leopold's Fine Line89
5Emergence of an Idea117
6Giving Voice to Concern132
7Moving Mountains148
8The Secret Leopold161
Part 3Facing Forward
9Inherit the Grid187
10The Once and Future Land Ethic210
11Home, Land, Security222
Notes247
Acknowledgment of Sources283
About the Author285
Index287

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