The Endangered Species Act at Thirty (Hardcover)

Vol. 2: Conserving Biodiversity in Human-Dominated Landscapes

By J. Michael Scott (Editor), Dale D. Goble (Editor), Frank W. Davis (Editor)

Island Press, 9781597260541, 376pp.

Publication Date: June 21, 2006

List Price: 95.00*
* Individual store prices may vary.


A companion volume to The Endangered Species Act at Thirty: Renewing the Conservation Promise, this book examines the key policy tools available for protecting biodiversity in the United States by revisiting some basic questions in conservation: What are we trying to protect and why? What are the limits of species-based conservation? Can we develop new conservation strategies that are more ecologically and economically viable than past approaches?

About the Author

J. Michael Scott is Professor at the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at the University of Idaho and a Research Scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey. Scott is a leader of the Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
His research interests are focused on distribution abundance and limiting factors of Hawaiian Birds, limiting factors on Endangered Species, reserve identification, selection, and design in North America, use of translocation as a tool for establishing or augmenting animal populations, predicting wildlife species distribution issues of scale and accuracy, and estimating bird abundance. Scott is widely published on these and other related topics. 

Dale D. Goble is Professor Emeritus of Law (formerly University Distinguished Professor and Margaret Wilson Schimke Distinguished Professor of Law) at the University of Idaho, where his teaching and research have focused on the intersection of natural resource law and policy, constitutional law, and history. He has written numerous articles and essays.  His books include Wildlife Law: Cases and Materials (with Eric Freyfogle); two edited volumes on the Endangered Species Act (Island Press 2005, 2006, with coeditors); and an edited volume (with Paul W. Hirt), Northwest Lands, Northwest Peoples: Readings in Environmental History (University of Washington Press 1999).

Frank W. Davis is professor of environmental science and management in the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California at Santa Barbara.

Praise For The Endangered Species Act at Thirty: Vol. 2: Conserving Biodiversity in Human-Dominated Landscapes

"Here, at last, thoughtful writers—lawyers, scientists, economists, public officials, and nonprofit leaders—move beyond anecdotes, posturing, and incomplete reporting to delve respectfully into the needs and rights of private landowners while reaffirming the many successes of the Endangered Species Act. Journalists and legislators should read this book cover to cover."

— Steve McCormick, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy

"After thirty years, the Endangered Species Act has restored species as charismatic as the bald eagle and prevented extinctions and ecosystem loss. This is the book that lays out the act's many successes, how it might be improved, and all the necessary details in between."

— Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology, Duke University

"This volume offers constructive approaches to promote effective recovery of species at risk of extinction. Particularly heartening are those that reconcile economic needs of the working landscape—farms, ranches, and timberland—with biological imperatives of endangered wildlife and plants. Our collective experience under the Endangered Species Act has dispelled any vestigial notion that humans and imperiled species can live and flourish apart; the reader will find thought-provoking guidance for pursuit of an essential interspecies fair-housing policy."

— Steven P. Quarles, natural resources and environmental law chair, Crowell & Moring LLP

"Few environmental laws anywhere have been as successful, or as contested, as the Endangered Species Act in defending species on the brink of extinction. If it is to be strengthened or even survive, everyone involved—conservationists, politicians, and advocates for development—must understand its real successes and failures through its first thirty years."

— Steve Trombulak, President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North American Section