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This volume applies ecological principles and guidelines to understand past and current land use and land management; and more importantly, endeavors to promote more ecologically sound approaches to future land use and management decisions. The volume incorporates case studies from a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives. The case studies explore past and current land use decisions, on both public and private lands, and include practical approaches and tools for land-use decision-making. Perhaps the most important feature of the book is the linking of ecological theory and principle with applied land use decision-making - the theoretical and empirical are joined through concrete case studies of actual land use decision-making processes. In this volume, readers will find a statement of fundamental ecological principles that are relevant for land use planning and management, coupled with multiple in-depth explorations of the application of these principles in action. In addition, most case studies describe specific tools and approaches for incorporating endeavors to join fundamental ecological knowledge with cutting edge application in order to both educate and provide concrete guidance for decision-making. The intended audience is broad and multidisciplinary, from undergraduate and graduate level courses in environmental studies to professional land use planners.
1. Ecological Guidelines for Land Use and Management. Virginia Dale. S. Brown, R. A. Haeuber, N. T. Hobbs, N. Huntly, R. J. Naiman, W. E. Riebsame, M. G. Turner, and T. J. Valone.- 2. Effects of Land-Use Change on Wildlife Habitat: Applying Ecological Principles and Guidelines in the Western United States. N. Thompson Hobbs and David M. Theobold.- 3. Nature Reserves and Land Use: Implications of the 'Place' Principle. Andrew J. Hansen and Jay J. Rotella.- 4. Ecological principles for land management across mixed ownerships: Private land considerations. Jon Haufler and B.J. Kernohan.- 5. On the Road to Ecorecovery and Protection: A Case Study of Endangered Tribal Habitats and Culture in the Eastern Ghats of Southern India. Steven Weiss.- 6. Applications of Historical Ecology to Land Management Decisions in the Northeastern United States. Emily Russell.- 7. India's Project Tiger: The Interplay between Ecological Knowledge and the Human Dimensions of Policy Making for Protected Habitats. Cynthia Botteron.- 8. Alternative Futures for Monroe County, Pennsylvania: A Case Study in Applying Ecological Principles. Carl Steinitz, Susan McDowell.