A High Uintas Bookshelf
In this column well list 2-4 interesting articles,
books or the like that have caught our attention. They arent necessarily
recent or recently read-- sort of a random compilation. Within a year, hopefully,
well have an established and detailed reading list. It wont be
complete without your additions. Please send suggestions and a descriptive
sentence or two.
Ghost Bears. Exploring the Biodiversity Crisis. R. Edward
Grumbine. Island Press. 1992.
Saving Natures legacy. Protecting and Restoring Biodiversity.
Reed Noss and Allen Y. Cooperrider. Island Press. 1994. Both of these books
are important for a broad understanding of the discussions swirling around
ecosystem management and biodiversity. While they approach many of the ecological
issues and principles so important to understand living systems, they do it
both skillfully and clearly for the non-biologist as well. Both Noss and Grumbine
have been out in front for decades urging, pleading and warning that land management
must change dramatically both in style and in tone. Grumbines book, Ghost
Bears, looks more closely at the laws, policies and regulations guiding public
land management and the changing paradigm from the traditional resource (multiple
use and sustained yield) management to ecosystem (ecolog-ical/ landscape/system)
management. He does so with his typically strong ethical bent. It is a wonderful
and crisply written bit of prose.
Saving Natures Legacy takes a sharper look at the ecological principles
as they pertain to managing forests, rangelands wildlife and aquatic systems.
Noss has always been a proponent of creating a system of reserves so it is
no surprise that his book spends considerable time on the general principles
of designing reserve networks. While the ecological principles are general
in nature, this is a powerful and credible book about conservation.
"Mammalian Extinctions in Western North American Parks: A Land-Bridge
Island Perspective."Nature 325:430-432.
"Extinction of Mammal Populations on Western North American National
Parks." Conservation Biology, June 1995. These are but two of many
powerful specific applications of many of the principles focused on in a general
fashion by Noss and Grumbine. Bill Newmarks 1987 synopsis in Nature of
his 1986 University of Michigan Ph.D. and numerous subsequent papers have led
the contemporary ecological discussion. Newmarks work was so profound and
humbling that David Quammen wrote an article in 1988 entitled "Newmarks
Warning." The job ahead of us in protecting wildlife and wildness is startling.
But hope exists in the very meaning of life and Newmarks Warning must be