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Environmental Sciences - Sustainable Development | Energy Development and Wildlife Conservation in Western North America

Energy Development and Wildlife Conservation in Western North America

Naugle, David E. (Ed.)

2011, XVIII, 308p. 21 illus. in color.


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  • The only volume on the rapid expansion of energy development throughout the West makes the book a must-have for the target audience
  • As reviewers note, linking of science to practical on-the-ground management and conservation makes the book relevant and valuable to people working in the field
  • Editor as well as contributors are well-known professionals, state and federal biologists, and research scientists, who represent well the people responsible for implementing the recommendations in the book

Energy Development and Wildlife Conservation in Western North America offers a road map for securing our energy future while safeguarding our wildlife heritage.


Contributors show how science can help craft solutions to conflicts between wildlife and energy development by delineating core areas, identifying landscapes that support viable populations, and forecasting future development scenarios to aid in conservation design. The book

  • frames the issue and introduces readers to major types of extraction
  • quantifies the pace and extent of current and future energy development
  • provides an ecological foundation for understanding cumulative impacts on wildlife species
  • synthesizes information on the biological response of wildlife to development
  • discusses energy infrastructure as a conduit for the spread of invasive species
  • compares impacts of alternative energy to those of conventional development

The final section calls for a shift away from site-level management that has failed to mitigate cumulative impacts on wildlife populations toward broad-scale planning and implementation of conservation in priority landscapes. The book concludes by identifying ways that decision makers can remove roadblocks to conservation, and provides a blueprint for implementing conservation plans.


Energy Development and Wildlife Conservation in Western North America is a must-have volume for elected officials, industry representatives, natural resource managers, conservation groups, and the public seeking to promote energy independence while at the same time protecting wildlife.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Conservation planning - Cumulative effects - Energy development - Human footprint - Oil and gas

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Applied & Technical Physics - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity - Renewable and Green Energy - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 





Chapter 1 Introduction to Energy Development in the West

David E. Naugle and Holly E. Copeland

Chapter 2 Geography of Energy Development in Western North America: Potential Impacts on Terrestrial Ecosystems

Holly E. Copeland, Amy Pocewicz, and Joseph M. Kiesecker


Chapter 3 Unifying Framework for Understanding Impacts of Human Developments on Wildlife

Chris J. Johnson and Martin-Hugues St-Laurent

Chapter 4 Sage-Grouse and Cumulative Impacts of Energy Development

David E. Naugle, Kevin E. Doherty, Brett L.Walker, Holly E. Copeland, Matthew J. Holloran, and Jason D. Tack

Chapter 5 Effects of Energy Development on Ungulates

Mark Hebblewhite

Chapter 6 Effects of Energy Development on Songbirds

Erin M. Bayne and Brenda C. Dale

Chapter 7 Invasive Plants and Their Response to Energy Development

Paul H. Evangelista, Alycia W. Crall, and Erin Bergquist

Chapter 8 Wind Power and Biofuels: A Green Dilemma for Wildlife Conservation

Gregory D. Johnson and Scott E. Stephens


Chapter 9 Energy by Design: Making Mitigation Work for Conservation and Development

Joseph M. Kiesecker, Holly E. Copeland, Bruce A. McKenney, Amy Pocewicz, and Kevin E. Doherty

Chapter 10 Forecasting Energy Development Scenarios to Aid in Conservation Design

Holly E. Copeland, Kevin E. Doherty, David E. Naugle, Amy Pocewicz, and Joseph M. Kiesecker

Chapter 11 Resource Policy, AdaptiveManagement, and Energy Development on Public Lands

Melinda Harm Benson

Chapter 12 Community-Based Landscape Conservation: A Roadmap for the Future

Gregory A. Neudecker, Alison L. Duvall, and James W. Stutzman

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