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The planning and management staff of state/national parks and protected areas face increased complexity and uncertainty as internal and external forces ranging from snowmobiles to global climate combine with changes in management philosophy from a species to ecosystem focus. National Parks and Protected Areas: Management Strategies for Balancing Social, Economic and Ecological Values of Nature is unique in its unified treatment of decision-making for planning and management, describing and applying the principles of ecology and economics, analytical methods, and information technologies to planning and management problems. Case studies demonstrate the application of a multi-dimensional decision-making framework to specific management problems and issues. This framework prepares protected area managers to evaluate and compare different management actions and policies.
Protected area managers and students in undergraduate courses in natural resource management will appreciate this highly readable book, thanks to - * A multidisciplinary, systems perspective* Focus on science- and knowledge-based natural resource management* Concentration on North American national parks and protected areas with the incorporation of information and examples from other parts of the world* Clarification of methods for dealing with social, economic and ecological dynamics and uncertainty* Explanations of the usefulness of biophysical and economic simulation models and information management technologies: GIS, remote sensing, decision support systems, computer animation, etc.
* Discussion of the role of local communities and collaborative decision making methods in designing and implementing management strategies* Inclusion of case studiesNatural resource policy makers, members of environmental organizations, and other stakeholders will also benefit from an enhanced understanding of the complex social, economic and ecological functions and values of national parks and protected areas facilitated by explanations of ecological and economic concepts that allow comprehension by individuals with limited background in these areas.
Tony Prato is Professor of Ecological Economics, Co-Director, Center for Agricultural, Resource and Environmental Systems, University of Missouri-Columbia. Dan Fagre is Research Ecologist and Global Climate Change Coordinator, USGS Science Center, West Glacier, Montana.