Ghost Bears: Exploring the Biodiversity Crisis

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In Ghost Bears, R. Edward Grumbine looks at the implications of the widespread loss of biological diversity, and explains why our species-centered approach to environmental protection will ultimately fail. Using the fate of the endangered grizzly bear -- the "ghost bear" -- to explore the causes and effects of species loss and habitat destruction, Grumbine presents a clear and inviting introduction to the biodiversity crisis and to the new science of conservation biology.

Using the fate of the endangered grizzly bear--the "ghost bear"--to explore the causes and effects of species loss and habitat destruction, Grumbine presents a clear and inviting introduction to the biodiveristy crisis and to the new science of conservation biology.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This important book serves as both a clear, comprehensive examination of a complex subject and a powerful plea for change. Grumbine, director of wilderness field studies at the Sierra Institute of the University of California-Santa Cruz, uses the reclusive grizzly bear of the Pacific Northwest as a symbol for all endangered species as he analyzes the decline of biological diversity. Current environmental laws and public land-management policies, he maintains, are inadequate because of their emphasis on individual species and ecosystems, in contrast to the holistic approach taken by conservation biology, which explores biodiversity and the dynamics of extinction. Advocating a moral and spiritual revolution of sorts, Grumbine urges that humanity enter into a greater partnership with nature, working with it rather than attempting to control it. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559631518
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Edward Grumbine is former Director of the Sierra Institute, University of California Extension, Santa Cruz.

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Table of Contents

1 Boundary Marking: An Introduction 3
2 The Biology of Thinking Like a Mountain 15
Defining Biodiversity 22
The Advent of Conservation Biology 28
The Quest for Viable Populations 31
The Decline of Nature Reserves 41
Effects of Habitat Fragmentation 44
Natural Disturbances and Patchy Landscapes 53
Greater Ecosystems and Biological Corridors 57
A New Ecological Image of Nature 60
3 Ghost Bears 64
Grizzly Bears in North America 66
The Bear Mother Myth 69
Grizzlies in the North Cascades 72
Grizzly Bear Recovery 81
Decisions for the Future 83
4 Laws on the Land 87
The Limits of Legal Preservation 89
The Endangered Species Act and Biodiversity 92
The National Forest Management Act 101
National Forest Planning 109
The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Forest Plan 111
Challenging the Forest Service in Wisconsin 114
Forest Plans and the Courts 117
A National Biodiversity Protection Act? 120
Legislation for Ancient Forests 122
The Future of Legislative Reform 126
5 The Landscape of Management 130
What Is a Resource? 132
The Origins of Public Land Management and the Rise of the Forest Service 134
Rivalry with the Park Service 139
Wise-Use Today 141
The Story of the Northern Spotted Owl 143
The Genesis of Ecosystem Management 155
Ecosystem Management in Practice: Lessons from Yellowstone and the North Cascades 161
Federal Agencies and Public Participation 167
Reforming the Landscape of Management 171
6 Ecosystem Management for Native Diversity 178
Ecosystem-Management Goals 184
Outlining a Model of Ecosystem Management 186
Land Managers in Support of Biodiversity 198
Passing an Endangered Ecosystems Act 206
Protecting Biodiversity on State and Private Lands 211
Scientists and Advocacy 217
Biodiversity and Civic Responsibility 221
7 Resources, Ecosystems, Place 229
The Council of All Beings 230
Ecosystem Management for the Ecological Self 232
The Fallacy of Ecosystem Management 236
Dwelling in the Commons: A Map for the Future 241
The Promise of the Biodiversity Crisis 247
Notes 249
Glossary 275
Index 281
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