A New Century for Natural Resources Management by Richard L. Knight, Sarah F. Bates, Vawter Parker, Peter

By Richard L. Knight, Sarah F. Bates, Vawter Parker, Peter Berck, Robert Costanza, Steward Pickett, James Kennedy, Jack Ward Thomas, Richard Ostfeld, Susan Kay Jacobson, Jeff DeBonis, Mark Brunson, Gloria Helfand, Winifred Kessler, Rupert Cutler, Robert H. N

This booklet explores the adjustments which are resulting in a brand new century of ordinary assets administration. It areas the present scenario in historic viewpoint, analyzes the forces which are propelling swap, and describes and examines the categorical alterations in pursuits, coverage, and perform which are remodeling all elements of normal assets management.A New Century for common assets administration is a crucial evaluation for flora and fauna biologists, foresters, and others operating for public land enterprises; professors and scholars of typical assets; and all these whose livelihood will depend on using public common assets.

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The result in many areas was further deterioration of the range and accelerated rates of soil erosion (21). Federal land policies had for decades abetted the decline of rangeland both through ill-conceived programs for parcelling out the public domain and through poor administration of grazing on those lands that remained publicly owned. Beginning in the 1890s, the government initiated a series of land policy changes to improve conditions for settlers while exercising stronger control over public lands.

Many of the parks, including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Glacier, were conceived and developed with the support, if not the outright lobbying, of the railroad lines that served them. As the private automobile 1 THE OLDEST TASK IN HUMAN HISTORY 21 and new highways provided even greater mobility to the public, areas of important aesthetic and recreational value (at both the state and federal level) became subject to increasing use. Accordingly, conservation agencies and organizations began to devote greater attention to them.

While “dissenting” foresters had argued for a broader view of the composition, function, and management of forest ecosystems, the profession as a whole drifted in the other direction. Historian Samuel Hays notes: As early as the 1920s the dendrology textbooks and courses in forestry schools that described forest species and their distribution became restricted to commercial types. The texts explained that foresters need not know all forest species—foresters were not botanists—but only those that were useful for wood production.

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