Protecting the Wild

Parks and Wilderness, the Foundation for Conservation

Editors: Wuerthner, George, Crist, Eileen (Eds.)

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  • -This volume is a timely addition to the current debate about how best to manage land for conservation -The book includes case studies from around the world -The publisher is the Foundation for Deep Ecology, a leading advocate of wild nature

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Protected natural areas have historically been the primary tool of conservationists to conserve land and wildlife. These parks and reserves are set apart to forever remain in contrast to those places where human activities, technologies, and developments prevail. But even as the biodiversity crisis accelerates, a growing number of voices are suggesting that protected areas are passé. Conservation, they argue, should instead focus on lands managed for human use—working landscapes—and abandon the goal of preventing human-caused extinctions in favor of maintaining ecosystem services to support people. If such arguments take hold, we risk losing support for the unique qualities and values of wild, undeveloped nature. Protecting the Wild offers a spirited argument for the robust protection of the natural world. In it, experts from five continents reaffirm that parks, wilderness areas, and other reserves are an indispensable—albeit insufficient—means to sustain species, subspecies, key habitats, ecological processes, and evolutionary potential. A companion volume to Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth, Protecting the Wild provides a necessary addition to the conversation about the future of conservation in the so-called Anthropocene, one that will be useful for academics, policymakers, and conservation practitioners at all levels, from local land trusts to international NGOs.

Table of contents (28 chapters)

Table of contents (28 chapters)
  • Nature Needs (at least) Half: A Necessary New Agenda for Protected Areas

    Pages 3-15

    Locke, Harvey

  • Bolder Thinking for Conservation

    Pages 16-20

    Noss, Reed F. (et al.)

  • Caring for People and Valuing Forests in Africa

    Pages 21-26

    Goodall, Jane

  • What Is the Future of Conservation?

    Pages 27-35

    Doak, Daniel F. (et al.)

  • Fool’s Gold in the Catskill Mountains: Thinking Critically about the Ecosystem Services Paradigm

    Pages 36-40

    McCauley, Douglas J.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Protecting the Wild
Book Subtitle
Parks and Wilderness, the Foundation for Conservation
Editors
  • George Wuerthner
  • Eileen Crist
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
Foundation for Deep Ecology
eBook ISBN
978-1-61091-551-9
DOI
10.5822/978-1-61091-551-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 362
Number of Illustrations
24 b/w illustrations
Topics