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National Parks and Protected Areas: Their Role in Environmental Protection / Edition 1

National Parks and Protected Areas: Their Role in Environmental Protection / Edition 1

by John Lemons, R. G. Wright


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National Parks and Protected Areas: Their Role in Environmental Protection / Edition 1

National Parks and Protected Areas explores the roles that national parks play in preserving and understanding biodiversity and related ecosystem processes. As the gateway to the conservation effort, parks can no longer be viewed as distinct, separate entities. They must be understood and managed in the context of their surrounding ecological and cultural landscapes. National Parks and Protected Areas outlines the reasons why ecosystem management serves as a functional paradigm for parks and protected areas, and presents the supporting historical, political, ecological and legal bases. It illustrates the role that these guiding principles of ecosystem management play in protecting landscapes of various scales—ranging from a complete system of protected areas to an individual park. The use of case examples provides background and understanding of the often contentious role natural processes play in park ecosystems. Recognizing that management of protected areas requires constant survelllance and monitoring to identify changes and trends, National Parks and Protected Areas clearly identifies the real value of maintaining pristine protected areas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865424968
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/29/1996
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 3.94(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Protected Areas in Context; The Origin and Purpose of National Parks and Protected Areas; Changes in Landscape Values and Expectations: What Do We Want and How Do We Measure It?; Ecosystem Management: An Appropriate Concept for Parks?; Ecosystem-Based Management: Natural Processes; Ecosystem Management: Exploring the Legal-Politico Framework; Planning and Evaluating the Ecological Integrity of Parks and Protected Areas; Protected Areas: How Much Is Enough?; Evaluating the Ecological Suitability of Lands for Parks and Protected Areas Using Gap Analysis Databases; Designing and Maintaining Areas for Grizzly Bears: How Much Is Enough?; Expansion of the US National Park System in Alaska; The Role of Networks and Corridors in Enhancing the Value and Protection of Parks and Equivalent Areas; Fragmentation of a Natural Area: Dynamics of Isolation for Small Mammals on Forest Remnants; Management Opportunities and Conflicts in Parks and Protected Areas; Management of Overabundant Species in Protected Areas: The White-Tailed Deer as a Case Example; Managing and Understanding Wild Ungulate Population Dynamics in Protected Areas; Restoring Aquatic Environments: A Case Study of the Elwha River; Wolf Restoration in the Northern Rocky Mountains; Dealing with the Human and Cultural Environments of Parks and Protected Areas; The Cultural and Natural Resource Management Needs of Parks and Protected Areas: Is There an Appropriate Balance?; Hinterlands, Wilderness and Protected Areas in Northern Canada; The Role of Science and Law in Protection of National Park Resources; Parks As Baselines; Research in Parks and Protected Areas: Forging the Link Between Science and Management; Exploring the Dynamics of Crater Lake, Crater Lake National Park

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