Practical Ecology for Planners, Developers, and Citizens
7 x 10
Practical Ecology for Planners, Developers, and Citizens introduces and explains key ecological concepts for planners, landscape architects, developers, and others involved in planning and building human habitats. The book is tailored to meet the needs of busy land use professionals and citizens seeking a concise yet thorough overview of ecology and its applications. It offers clear guidelines and a wealth of information on how we can protect species and ecosystems while at the same creating healthy, sustainable human communities.
Throughout the book, the authors make ecological concepts accessible to readers with little or no scientific background. They present key ideas and information in simple and pragmatic terms, and provide numerous graphics to help explain important concepts. They also offer exercises for the reader to practice ecologically-based planning and design, along with a list of resources for practical information on ecology and conservation.
Practical Ecology for Planners, Developers, and Citizens will raise the level of ecological understanding among land use professionals and citizens, and is an invaluable new resource for anyone concerned with human land use and its environmental impacts.
"Readable, rigorous, and practical, this book should be an indispensable reference for years to come."
"This new book covers nuts and bolts of ecology and provides details on application of ecologocial principles to biodiversity conservation, land use planning, and landscape design. This book will be most useful for professional land use planners, designers, and developers, including landscape architects and civil engineers and all those involved in designing ecologically sound projects. Resource managers, land use planners, students, and researchers will also welcome it for its clear and concise presentation of ecological concepts."
Journal of Regional Science
List of Figures, Color Plates, and Tables
PART I. Humans, Nature, and Interactions
Chapter 1. Humans Plan
Chapter 2. An Introduction to Ecology and Biodiversity
Chapter 3. When Humans and Nature Collide
PART II. The Science of Ecology
Chapter 4. Change through Time
Chapter 5. Populations and Communities
Chapter 6. The Ecology of Landscapes
PART III. Applications
Chapter 7. Conservation Planning
Chapter 8. Nature in the Neighborhood
Chapter 9. Restoration and Management
Chapter 10. Ecologically Based Planning and Design Techniques
Chapter 11. Principles in Practice
Appendix A: Current Status of Biodiversity in North America
Appendix B: Data Sources