Unlike other natural resource management volumes that focus solely on the ecological aspects of resources—and with an overly pessimistic view of the future—this volume explores natural resource management in context in a functional, applied framework by integrating ecology, history, planning, economics, and policy into coverage of each natural resource, and by providing a balanced, guarded optimistic view of the most current research and technology's capability to overcome natural resource problems. Exceptionally straightforward and readable, it is easily accessible to readers with limited background in ecology, biology, and economics.
The volume provides an overview of natural resources, and a complete analysis of management foundations, air, water, and land resources, the land-based renewable resources, the wild living resources, the mineral and energy resources, plus an integration of natural resources management.
For foresters, wildlife biologists, geologists, range managers, and environmental scientists.
Providing an introduction to the science of natural resource management, this textbook integrates ecology, history, planning, economics, and policy. It introduces basic concepts and then applies them to specific resources like air, water, soil, forests, rangeland, farmland, wildlife, fish, and minerals. Additional attention is paid to outdoor recreation, food production, urban ecology, biodiversity and endangered species, renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, international development, sustainability, and technology. The authors are affiliated with New Mexico State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)