Stewardship Across Boundaries

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<p>Every piece of land, no matter how remote or untrammeled, has a boundary. While sometimes boundary lines follow topographic or biological features, more often they follow the straight lines of political dictate and compromise. Administrative boundaries nearly always fragment a landscape, resulting in loss of species that must disperse or migrate across borders, increased likelihood of threats such as alien species or pollutants, and disruption of natural processes such as fire. Despite the importance and ubiquity of boundary issues, remarkably little has been written on the subject.<p>Stewardship Across Boundaries fills that gap in the literature, addressing the complex biological and socioeconomic impacts of both public and private land boundaries in the United States. With contributions from natural resource managers, historians, environmentalists, political scientists, and legal scholars, the book.<p><li>develops a framework for understanding administrative boundaries and their effects on the land and on human behavior <li>examines issues related to different types of boundaries - wilderness, commodity, recreation, private-public <li>presents a series of case studies illustrating the efforts of those who have cooperated to promote stewardship across boundaries <li>synthesizes the broad complexity of boundary-related issues and offers an integrated strategy for achieving regional stewardshi.<p>Stewardship Across Boundaries should spur open discussion among students, scientists, managers, and activists on this important topic. It demonstrates how legal, social, and ecological conditions interact in causing boundary impacts and why those factors must be integrated to improve land management. It also discusses research needs and will help facilitate critical thinking within the scientific community that could result in new strategies for managing boundaries and their impacts.
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Addresses the complex biological and socio-economic impacts of both public and private land boundaries in the US. Demonstrates how legal, social, and ecological considerations interact in causing boundary impacts and why those factors must be integrated to improve land management. Some topics are ecological effects of administrative boundaries, outdoor recreation and boundaries, managing grazing and recreation across boundaries in the Big Cimarron watershed, and a strategy for achieving stewardship across boundaries. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559635165
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard L. Knight is professor of wildlife conservation at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is co-editor of Wildlife and Recreationists (Island Press, 1995) and A New Century for Natural Resource Management (Island Press, 1995).

Peter B. Landres is research ecologist at the USDA Forest Service Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute in Missoula, Montana.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Bounded People, Boundless Land 15
Ch. 2 Ecological Effects of Administrative Boundaries 39
Ch. 3 Social Dimensions of Boundaries: Balancing Cooperation and Self-Interest 65
Ch. 4 Laws and Institutions in Cross-Boundary Stewardship 87
Ch. 5 Boundary Effects on Wilderness and Other Natural Areas 117
Ch. 6 Outdoor Recreation and Boundaries: Opportunities and Challenges 141
Ch. 7 Boundaries or Barriers: New Horizons for Conservation and Private Forests 159
Ch. 8 Boundaries Between Public and Private Lands: Defining Obstacles, Finding Solutions 175
Ch. 9 Big Cypress National Preserve: The Great Compromise 199
Ch. 10 Managing Grazing and Recreation Across Boundaries in the Big Cimarron Watershed 217
Ch. 11 Overcoming Boundaries: The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem 237
Ch. 12 Partnerships Across Park Boundaries: The Rincon Institute and Saguaro National Park 257
Ch. 13 Wilderness and Working Landscapes: The Adirondack Park As a Model Bioregion 279
Ch. 14 Cooperation: A Strategy for Achieving Stewardship Across Boundaries 299
Ch. 15 The Continent Indissoluble 325
Ch. 16 Integration: A Beginning for Landscape-Scale Stewardship 337
About the Contributors 347
Index 353
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  • Posted May 1, 2009

    An eye opener

    This book will be a reminder and guide for action for professionals in the fields of managing designated USFWS and State Game and Fish areas, especially for those in close proximity to other State and US designated natural areas, such as, refuges, national monuments and parks plus BLM. The book can also provide the nonprofesional interested in enjoying and preserving the designated natural spaces with insights into the challenges and opportunities facing the decision makers managing and protecting as well as promoting our natural environments.

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