The Ecosystem Concept in Natural Resource Management - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780127134505, 9780323152242

The Ecosystem Concept in Natural Resource Management

1st Edition

Editors: George Van Dyne
eBook ISBN: 9780323152242
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1969
Page Count: 398
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The Ecosystem Concept in Natural Resource Management focuses on the ecosystem concept and its application to natural resource management. It presents examples of research concepts on natural resource phenomena and discusses ecosystem implications for natural resource management. It also covers range, forest, watershed, fisheries, and wildlife resource science and management. Organized into four sections encompassing 10 chapters, this volume begins with an overview of the meaning, origin, and importance of ecosystem concepts before proceeding with a discussion of field research projects that address the ecosystem concept and the ways in which the concept has been or can be useful in both research and management in natural resource sciences. More specifically, it explores major developments in the field of ecology in relation to natural resource management, with examples from forest ecology. It also introduces the reader to procedures for studying grassland ecosystems, the watershed-ecosystem concept and studies of nutrient cycles, ecosystem concepts in forestry, ecosystem models in watershed management, and the implementation of the ecosystem concept in training in the natural resource sciences. This book is a valuable resource for scientists, educators, technicians, and training resource managers, as well as students in resource management courses.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Section I The Meaning, Origin, and Importance of Ecosystem Concepts

Chapter I. The Natural Resource Ecosystem

I. Man's Role

II. Developments in Natural Resource Sciences

Chapter II. Historical Development of the Ecosystem Concept

I. The Richness of Ecological Terminology

II. Recent Consideration of the Ecosystem Concept

III. The Ecosystem Relative to Some Modern Ecological Ideas

IV. Management of Ecosystems


Section II Examples of Research Development and Research Results Applying Ecosystem Concepts

Chapter III. Procedures for Study of Grassland Ecosystems

I. Introduction

II. Aims of an Ecosystem Study

III. Characteristics of a Study Site

IV. Assembling the Research Team

V. Preparing the Scientific Plan

VI. Organizing the Research

VII. Conclusion


Chapter IV. The Watershed-Ecosystem Concept and Studies of Nutrient Cycles

I. Introduction

II. The Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study

III. General Conclusions


Chapter V. A Study of an Ecosystem: The Arctic Tundra

I. Introduction

II. The Real System and the Model

III. The Tundra as a Homeostatic System


Section III Ecosystem Concepts in Natural Resource Management Fields

Chapter VI. Range Management Viewed in the Ecosystem Framework

I. Introduction

II. Range Management: Perspective and Definitions

III. The Ecosystem Framework


Chapter VII. Forestry Viewed in an Ecosystem Perspective

I. Introduction

II. History of Forests and Development of Forestry

III. Forest as an Ecosystem

IV. Population Dynamics in Forest Ecosystems

V. Production in Forest Ecosystems

VI. Reevaluation of Forest Ecosystems

VII. Summary and Conclusions


Chapter VIII. Ecosystem Concepts in Fish and Game Management

I. Introduction

II. Implications of Single-Species Exploitation

III. Vegetation Composition and Secondary Production in Ungulates

IV. Population Regulation


Chapter IX. Ecosystem Models in Watershed Management

I. Introduction

II. The Systems Approach to Problem Solving

III. Goals of Water Management

IV. Models for Design

V. Costs, Benefits, and Optimization

VI. Conclusions

VII. Summary


Section IV Instilling the Ecosystem Concept in Training

Chapter X. Implementing the Ecosystem Concept in Training in the Natural Resource Sciences

I. Introduction

II. The Ecological Revolution

III. The Computational Revolution

IV. An Undergraduate Curriculum

V. A Doctoral Program

VI. Continuing Education-Cooperative Training Programs

VII. Some Conclusions Regarding Ecological Training


Author Index

Subject Index


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