Natural Resource Administration

Natural Resource Administration

Wildlife, Fisheries, Forests and Parks

1st Edition - January 10, 2014

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  • Author: Donald Sparling
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124046474
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124047082

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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.

Key Features

  • Covers the development of natural resource law and the conservation agencies in North America, and also provides models for international use
  • Examines the roles of diverse federal, state, and non-governmental agencies, and how they cooperate as professionals to accomplish natural resources management
  • Leads readers to a greater understanding of the politics and interplay of priorities in professional conservation biology
  • Assists the certification processes of professional societies
  • Includes end-of-chapter questions for further thought and discussion, as well as offset boxes throughout the text to help explain more technical subjects


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

Table of Contents

  • Dedication


    Is Natural Resource Administration Important?

    What’s the Scope of this Book?

    Structure of the Book


    Part I: Basics of Natural Resources

    Chapter 1. Differing Perspectives on Natural Resource Policy


    Preservation and Conservation

    Goals of Conservation

    Ecosystem Services

    Evaluating the Success of Conservation Efforts


    Chapter 2. History of Wildlife and Natural Resource Conservation


    The Pre-European Era (Prior to The 1500s)

    European Incursions and Early Settlement (Late 1500s to 1700)

    Dawning of the Myth of Superabundance (1700 to the 1850s)

    The Development of the Concept of Manifest Destiny

    Seeds of Concern

    The Era of Protectionism

    The Dawning of Modern Wildlife Biology

    Post-War Capitalism and the Move Towards Environmentalism


    Part II: Environmental Law

    Chapter 3. Historical Perspectives on the “Ownership” of Wildlife


    Types of Laws and How they are Formed

    State and Provincial Development

    Development of Wildlife Law – Colonial Times and Earlier

    Critical Supreme Court Decisions

    The Pillars of Federal Law

    More Recent Developments

    What’s the Bottom Line in This History?

    The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation


    Chapter 4. A Closer Look at Key Environmental Laws


    Legislation Dealing with Endangered Species

    Endangered Species in Canada

    International Concern for Endangered Species

    Other Major Federal Wildlife Laws

    Other Federal Wildlife-Related Laws in Canada

    Laws that Focus on Habitat


    Part III: The Bureaucracy of Natural Resources

    Chapter 5. Federal Administration in Canada


    Environment Canada

    Natural Resources Canada

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada


    Chapter 6. US Department of the Interior

    An Overview of the Department of the Interior

    United States Fish and Wildlife Service

    National Park Service

    Bureau of Land Management

    United States Geological Survey

    Other Department of the Interior Agencies


    Chapter 7. US Department of Agriculture

    An Overview of the US Department of Agriculture

    US Forest Service

    Natural Resources Conservation Service


    Chapter 8. Natural Resource Management at the State and Provincial Levels

    State and Provincial Authority

    So what do States and Provinces Manage?

    Organization at the State Level

    Structure within Provinces

    Funding for State Natural Resources

    Funding for Natural Resources in Canadian Provinces


    Part IV: Non-Governmental Agencies, People, and Money

    Chapter 9. A Selected List of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)


    International Organizations

    Species- or Taxon-Focused Groups

    Mega Conservation Groups

    Professional Societies

    Environmental Activist Groups

    The Dark Side: Ultra-Radical Ngos and Imposters


    Chapter 10. Stakeholders, Clients, and Cooperators: Who Are They?


    General Description of Outdoor and Natural Resource Use

    Factors that Affect Participation of Stakeholders


    Chapter 11. The Need for a Good Public Relations Department


    What Is a Public?

    What Functions Do Public Relations Departments Accomplish?

    Principles of Public Relations

    Planning a Public Relations Program

    Case Studies


    Chapter 12. The Bottom Line – Funding, Budgeting, and Planning


    The Budget Process



    Chapter 13. What Next?




Product details

  • No. of pages: 374
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2014
  • Published: January 10, 2014
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124046474
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124047082

About the Author

Donald Sparling

Donald W. Sparling is an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University. Having written more than 100 publications, his research interests in wildlife ecology include contaminant ecology, specifically the effects of contaminants on amphibians, reptiles, and birds; and wetland ecology, including storm water wetlands and the development of an index of biological integrity for assessing wetland conditions.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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