The National Wildlife Refuges
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The National Wildlife Refuges provides a comprehensive examination of the laws and policies governing management of the national wildlife refuges, offering for the first time a practical description and analysis of the management regime outlined in the 1997 National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act. The 1997 act is the first new statute governing a system of federal public lands enacted since the 1970s. The evolution of law governing the refuge system parallels broader trends in public land management and environmental protection, making the refuge system a valuable case study for those interested in environmental management, policy, and law. The book:
A separate chapter examines the special rules governing refuges in Alaska and considers the contentious debate over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Appendixes offer a reference of acronyms and abbreviations, a chronology of the refuge system's development, key statutory provisions (including the full text of the 1997 act), and basic information about each national wildlife refuge.
With an approach to conservation that is increasingly prevalent around the world, the National Wildlife Refuge System is an important model for sustainable resource management, and the book's analyses of the refuge system's ecological management criteria, conflicts between primary and subsidiary uses, and tension between site-specific standards and uniform national goals all offer important lessons for environmental governance generally.
"This splendid book will be the indispensable source for everyone who wants to know about America's wildlife refuge system. But it is much more than just a reference work. It also thoughtfully explores the system's distinctive dominant use hierarchy approach to conservation management, and in so doing makes an important contribution to our contemporary environmental literature."
Joseph L. Sax, University of California, Berkeley
Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. Introduction
PART I. Understanding Refuge Resource Management
Chapter 2. What Is the National Wildlife Refuge System?
Chapter 3. The History of the National Wildlife Refuge System
Chapter 4. The Meaning of Organic Legislation
PART II. The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997
Chapter 5. Purpose Statements
Chapter 6. Designated Uses: The Hierarchy
Chapter 7. Comprehensive Planning
Chapter 8. Substantive Management Criteria
Chapter 9. Public Participation
PART III. Applying Resource Management to Individual Refuges and Resources
Chapter 10. Individual Refuge Purposes
Chapter 11. The Special Case of the Alaska Refuges
Chapter 12. Oil and Gas Development in the Refuges
Chapter 13. Conclusion Resource Management through Organic Legislation
Appendix A: A Chronology of Refuge System Development
Appendix B: Relevant Statutes
Appendix C: The National Wildlife Refuge Units
Appendix D: Acronyms and Abbreviations