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June 22 , 2010

Planning for Biodiversity

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A significant consequence of the development of natural landscapes is habitat loss and fragmentation that results in widespread loss of biological diversity. While scientists have made great strides in determining principles and concepts fundamental to preserving biodiversity, their work will have little impact unless it is understood and implemented by those who are making on-the-ground decisions about land use.

Planning for Biodiversity is an accessible introduction to ecological concepts for planning professionals and students. Sheila Peck explains why planners should be concerned with habitat preservation and presents practical approaches to incorporating conservation principles into planning efforts. The book introduces a clear framework for understanding biodiversity; explains concepts related to ecosystem structure and function; discusses the effects of size and connectivity on habitat quality and species movement; suggests conservation priorities at different scales; presents elements of reserve design; examines types and sources of information; and considers the causes of uncertainty in biodiversity planning and the need for monitoring and adaptive management.

In each chapter, Peck presents case studies, including the Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest, Montana; Pinhook Swamp Linkage, northeastern Florida; National Gap Analysis Program; CALFED Bay-Delta Program, California; and numerous others, each of which explore the practical implications of the concepts examined.

Planning for Biodiversity synthesizes and explains important ecological concepts and is the first guide for planners that clearly details how to incorporate conservation plans into their work. Planners, landscape architects and designers, planning and design students, developers, local officials, and anyone interested in designing and developing more ecologically sound land-use projects will find the book an invaluable resource.
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