Natural Resource Administration

Wildlife, Fisheries, Forests and Parks


  • Donald Sparling, Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory and Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL USA

Natural Resource and Wildlife Administration presents a clear perspective on natural resource administration in North America, how it developed, how it is currently structured, and where it might be heading. Intertwined areas of natural resources, including wildlife administration, fisheries, forestry, and other competitive land uses, are heavily discussed. The book covers the history of natural resource management in Europe and North America, proceeding to environmental law; agencies involved in wildlife and natural resource management; and the human dimensions of public relations and economic concerns.

Natural Resource and Wildlife Administration provides solid background on the history of natural resource conservation, critical laws protecting resources, and the nature of agencies. The interconnectedness among natural resources makes this a useful text for disciplines such as wildlife, fisheries, and forestry.

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Upper level undergraduate and graduate students taking a course in natural resources or wildlife administration, from Biology, Zoology, Natural Resource, Wildlife Biology, or Agriculture Departments ; Researchers and professionals in these areas and evolutionary, behavioral and ecological biology and ecology; wildlife management; agriculture and natural resources management including those obtaining certification from professional societies in these areas.


Book information

  • Published: February 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-404647-4


"...extremely well written and organized...a useful resource for those initiating a career in a wildlife-related field within academia, consulting, or government organizations."--Journal of Wildlife Management, February 2015

Table of Contents

Section 1: Basics of Natural Resource

Chapter 1. Introduction - What Does "Natural Resources" Include?

Chapter 2. Differing Perspectives on Natural Resource Policy

Section 2. Environmental History and Law

Chapter 3. History of Wildlife and Natural Resource Conservation

Chapter 4. Historical Perspectives on the "Ownership" of Wildlife

Chapter 5. A Closer Look at Key Environmental Laws

Section 3. The Bureaucracy of Natural Resources

Chapter 6. Federal Administration in Canada

Chapter 7. U.S. Department of the Interior

Chapter 8. U.S. Department of Agriculture

Chapter 9. Administration at the Provincial and State Level

Section 4. Non-governmental Agencies, People and Money

Chapter 10. A Selected List of Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Chapter 11. Stakeholders, clients and cooperators: Who Are They?

Chapter 12. The Need for a Good Public Relations Department

Chapter 13. The Bottom Line - Funding Sources and the Budgetary Process

Chapter 14. What Next?