Corridor Ecology: The Science and Practice of Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation

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9781559630474: Corridor Ecology: The Science and Practice of Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation

Corridor Ecology presents guidelines that combine conservation science and practical experience for maintaining, enhancing, and creating connectivity between natural areas with an overarching goal of conserving biodiversity. It offers an objective, carefully interpreted review of the issues and is a one-of-a-kind resource for scientists, landscape architects, planners, land managers, decision-makers, and all those working to protect and restore landscapes and species diversity.

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Jodi A. Hilty is assistant director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's North American Program. William Z. Lidicker Jr. is professor of integrative biology and curator of mammals emeritus at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley. Adina M. Merenlender is associate cooperative extension specialist and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley.


"Humans have so disrupted natural communities that fragmentation of habitat has become a major threat to species survival and connecting isolated patches with corridors of habitat is now a critical issue in ecology. The authors offer a superb discussion of the concept, design, and management of corridor ecology, including such complex topics as population regulation, habitat restoration, and the genetic consequences of ignoring the issue. The book is a timely, thorough, and uniquely valuable distillation of existing knowledge, and represents an essential resource for everyone concerned with landscape ecology." (George B. Schaller Wildlife Conservation Society)

"It is increasingly apparent that nature reserves in the tropics are swiftly disappearing in the face of expanding human populations and rising levels of consumption. Countryside biogeography, at the cutting edge of conservation biology, is the science of improving the capacity of human-disturbed areas to maiantain biodiversity. Humanity is fortunate that at this juncture we have a brilliant and comprehensive book on corridors, a central idea of that science. Everyone—ecologists, managers, politicians, laypersons—concerned with protecting earth's biological diversity will want to own Corridor Ecology." (Paul R. Ehrlich author of One with Nineveh)

"Habitat loss and fragmentation is an increasing concern to wildlife managers. The authors offer practical advice to state wildlife agencies and their many conservation partners across the nation, allowing them to effectively apply the concepts of corridor ecology." (Naomi Edelson wildlife diversity director, International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies)

"The great value of this book lies in the varied examples and in the models, which show the problems and conditions of corridor establishment and the factors related to designing a corridor. The book will inspire the creation of corridors, and explains how to design one and how to take greater advantage of it. Finally, the book will challenge scholars to be critical and to find improved 'approaches to conservation projects.'" (Oryx, The International Journal of Conservation)

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