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Energy Development and Wildlife Conservation in Western North America

PhD Naugle, David E. (Editor), Mark S. Boyce (Foreword by)


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Energy Development and Wildlife Conservation in Western North America offers a road map for securing our energy future while safeguarding our heritage.

Contributors show how science can help craft solutions to conflicts between wildlife and energy development by delineating core areas, identifying landscapes that support viable populations, and forecasting future development scenarios to aid in conservation design. The book

  • frames the issue and introduces readers to major types of extraction
  • quantifies the pace and extent of current and future energy development
  • provides an ecological foundation for understanding cumulative impacts on wildlife species
  • synthesizes information on the biological response of wildlife to development
  • discusses energy infrastructure as a conduit for the spread of invasive species
  • compares impacts of alternative energy to those of conventional development

The final section calls for a shift away from site-level management that has failed to mitigate cumulative impacts on wildlife populations toward broad-scale planning and implementation of conservation in priority landscapes. The book concludes by identifying ways that decision makers can remove roadblocks to conservation, and provides a blueprint for implementing conservation plans. Energy Development and Wildlife Conservation in Western North America is a must-have volume for elected officials, industry representatives, natural resource managers, conservation groups, and the public seeking to promote energy independence while at the same time protecting wildlife.

Praise For Energy Development and Wildlife Conservation in Western North America

"This book provides a vision for landscape conservation to safeguard our wildlife heritage while securing our energy future.  Trade-offs between energy development and conservation are unfolding before our eyes—and the intention of this book is to help policy makers turn science into solutions to this most pressing issue. This book speaks to a philosophy of science-based conservation that first seeks to understand how a system works and then to use that knowledge to help provide solutions."
— Susanna Grimes, BC Sustainable Energy Association

"Dave Naugle, and twenty-three experts, have done yeoman's work in addressing interrelationships between energy development and wildlife. The arena they describe is growin rapidly in significance. This important book provides the sorely needed platform upon which to construct research and management programs and guide inevitable debates."
— Jack Ward Thomas, Chief Emeritus, USDA Forest Service, Professor Emeritus, University of Montana

"An insatiable appetite for energy could be devastating to our continent's irreplaceable wildlife. Energy Development and Wildlife Conservation in Western North America is a timely and welcome addition to the scientific literature. Many relevant issues are covered by expert contributors, including the potential negative impacts of so-called green energy—wind, biofuels, and solar power—on wildlife. A must-read for all those concerned with wildlife conservation."
— Michael Hutchins, Executive Director and CEO, The Wildlife Society

"The articles have a strong technical foundation, but they're well written and understandable for anyone with an interest in the subject...An interesting book, offering dependable information on one of the West's most intransigent controversies."
— Wyoming Wildlife Magazine

"I am hopeful: the book abounds with promising hints of pragmatic mergers between research and results. And that is why this latest amalgamation of population and conservation studies, while academic and dense, bodes well for the overdue convergence of science and society in conserving our remaining open spaces and wildlife communities in the west."
— Rangelands

"In Energy Development and Wildlife Conservation in Western North America, editor David Naugle presents not only a thorough assessment of the impacts and risks of energy development but also—more importantly—a roadmap of how the biological sciences community can address these risks."
— Joe Fargione, University of California Press and American Institute of Biological Sciences

"Conservation success requires the implementation of the scientific tools necessary to protect wildlife in the face of energy development, and the final chapters of this book on policy- and community-based conservation suggest ways to do this....The authors herald, 'With one resounding voice, the conservation community needs to indicate which landscapes are most valuable to wildlife if they expect their interests to be heard. To date, we have no such game plan' (p. 229). This book presents the outlines of such a plan. Will society use it to protect our wildlife?"
— BioScience

"...this volume presents excellent summaries and suggestions for large-scale planning of energy development to ensure that viable wildlife populations are maintained for future generations."
— Journal of Wildlife Management

Island Press, 9781597266574, 344pp.

Publication Date: February 9, 2011

About the Author

David Naugle is an associate professor and applied landscape ecologist in the Wildlife Biology Program, University of Montana, Missoula.