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The Planner's Guide to Natural Resource Conservation:: The Science of Land Development Beyond the Metropolitan Fringe / Edition 1

The Planner's Guide to Natural Resource Conservation:: The Science of Land Development Beyond the Metropolitan Fringe / Edition 1

by Adrian X. Esparza, Guy McPherson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780387981666
Publisher: Springer New York
Publication date: 07/06/2009
Edition description: 2009
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author

Adrian X. Esparza is Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona (Ph.D. 1987, University of Illinois-Urbana). He taught previously in the School of Planning, College of Architecture at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on exurban land development in the southwest United States and urbanization in the United States-Mexico border region. He has published dozens of articles in the fields of urban and regional planning and regional science.

Guy McPherson is a Professor in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona (Ph.D. 1987, Texas Tech University). He also worked for the University of Georgia, Texas A & M University, University of California-Berkeley, and The Nature Conservancy. His research focuses on development and application of ecological knowledge. His scholarly efforts have produced dozens of journal articles and eight books.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Exurbanization in Perspective: History,
Impacts and Science Fundamentals

Chapter 1. The Dimensions of Exurban Development in the United States
Author: Adrian X. Esparza

Chapter 2. The Economic Consequences of Exurban Land Development
Author: J. Edward de Steiguer

Chapter 3. Land Fragmentation in Exurban Areas
Author: David Theobald

Chapter 4. Fundamental Concepts in Ecology and Environmental Systems
Author: Guy R. McPherson

Section 2: Exurban Land Development, Habitat and Wildlife

Chapter 5. Biodiversity and Residential Development Beyond the Fringe
Authors: Jane Bock and Carl Bock

Chapter 6. Wildlife Corridors and Exurban Land Development
Author: Stephen DeStefano

Chapter 7. Birds, Nesting and Exurban Land Conversion
Author: R. William Mannan

Chapter 8. The Urban-Wildlands Interface and the Importance of Wildlife and Wildlife Habitats in Cities Adjacent to Wildlands.
Authors: William Shaw and Rachel McCaffrey

Section 3: Vegetation, Climate Change and Fire (new section)

Chapter 9. The Impacts of Rural Land Development on Vegetation (new chapter)
This chapter describes the properties of major vegetation eco-regions in the United States, and explains how and why exurban development alters ecological processes over varying spatial and temporal scales. It also discusses why specific development densities and configurations are best suited for particular vegetation regimes, and points to mitigation techniques that have proven most successful.

Chapter 10. Climate Change and Ecology in Rural Lands (new chapter)
Global climate change is modifying ecological processes at the regional scale as temperatures rise and precipitation patterns change. This chapter describes how these changes likely will affect exurbanlandscapes, alter ecological processes, and introduce new constraints to conservation and preservation in rural areas.

Chapter 11. Exurban Encroachment, Fire and Forest Ecology (new chapter)
Even though encroachment is long standing, the proliferation of second and seasonal homes in pristine forested areas has grown in recent decades. This trend has raised alarms because the incidence of fires has escalated and, with it, the rise of property damage. The objective of this chapter is to describe the causes and mechanics of fires and identify planning techniques that can mitigate and minimize exposure to fire risks.

Section 4: Water Resources, Wetlands and
Storm Water Management

Chapter 12. Impacts of Exurban Development on Water Quality and Quantity
Authors: Kathleen Lohse and Adina Merenlender

Chapter 13. Exurban Land Development, Wetlands and Riparian Areas
Authors: Mark Briggs, Ann Audrey and Kendall Kroesen

Chapter 14. Storm Water Management in Exurbia
Authors: Evan Canfield and Richard Hawkins

Section 5: Science-Based Planning in Exurban Areas

Chapter 15. A Science-based Framework for Conservation based on Rare and Endangered Species: The Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan
Authors: Robert J. Steidl and William Shaw

Chapter 16. Integrating Science with Planning Practice (new chapter)
This chapter highlights planning tools and techniques that have proven successful in preserving environmental integrity at regional and local scales. The chapter presents case studies in which environmental scientists, regional planners, and land managers have joined forces to promote rural ecological sustainability through comprehensive plans, ordinances and site-specific techniques.

Chapter 17. Summary and Synthesis: the Role of Science in Exurban Land Development
Authors: Adrian Esparza an

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