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Wildlife Management and Landscapes

Principles and Applications

edited by William F. Porter, Chad J. Parent, Rosemary A. Stewart, and David M. Williams

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Wildlife management specialists and landscape ecologists offer a new perspective on the important intersection of these fields in the twenty-first century.

It's been clear for decades that landscape-level patterns and processes, along with the tenets and tools of landscape ecology, are vitally important in understanding wildlife-habitat relationships and sustaining wildlife populations. Today, significant shifts in the spatial scale of extractive, agricultural, ranching, and urban land uses are upon us, making it more important than ever before to connect wildlife management and landscape…

Wildlife management specialists and landscape ecologists offer a new perspective on the important intersection of these fields in the twenty-first century.

It's been clear for decades that landscape-level patterns and processes, along with the tenets and tools of landscape ecology, are vitally important in understanding wildlife-habitat relationships and sustaining wildlife populations. Today, significant shifts in the spatial scale of extractive, agricultural, ranching, and urban land uses are upon us, making it more important than ever before to connect wildlife management and landscape ecology. Landscape ecologists must understand the constraints that wildlife managers face and be able to use that knowledge to translate their work into more practical applications. Wildlife managers, for their part, can benefit greatly from becoming comfortable with the vocabulary, conceptual processes, and perspectives of landscape ecologists.

In Wildlife Management and Landscapes, the foremost landscape ecology experts and wildlife management specialists come together to discuss the emerging role of landscape concepts in habitat management. Their contributions

• make the case that a landscape perspective is necessary to address management questions
• translate concepts in landscape ecology to wildlife management
• explain why studying some important habitat-wildlife relationships is still inherently difficult
• explore the dynamic and heterogeneous structure of natural systems
• reveal why factors such as soil, hydrology, fire, grazing, and timber harvest lead to uncertainty in management decisions
• explain matching scale between population processes and management
• discuss limitations to management across jurisdictional boundaries and balancing objectives of private landowners and management agencies
• offer practical ideas for improving communication between professionals
• outline the impediments that limit a full union of landscape ecology and wildlife management

Using concrete examples of modern conservation challenges that range from oil and gas development to agriculture and urbanization, the volume posits that shifts in conservation funding from a hunter constituent base to other sources will bring a dramatic change in the way we manage wildlife. Explicating the foundational similarity of wildlife management and landscape ecology, Wildlife and Landscapes builds crucial bridges between theoretical and practical applications.

Contributors: Jocelyn L. Aycrigg, Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau, Jon P. Beckmann, Joseph R. Bennett, William M. Block, Todd R. Bogenschutz, Teresa C. Cohn, John W. Connelly, Courtney J. Conway, Bridgett E. Costanzo, David D. Diamond, Karl A. Didier, Lee F. Elliott, Michael E. Estey, Lenore Fahrig, Cameron J. Fiss, Jacqueline L. Frair, Elsa M. Haubold, Fidel Hernández, Jodi A. Hilty, Joseph D. Holbrook, Cynthia A. Jacobson, Kevin M. Johnson, Jeffrey K. Keller, Jeffery L. Larkin, Kimberly A. Lisgo, Casey A. Lott, Amanda E. Martin, James A. Martin, Darin J. McNeil, Michael L. Morrison, Betsy E. Neely, Neal D. Niemuth, Chad J. Parent, Humberto L. Perotto-Baldivieso, Ronald D. Pritchert, Fiona K. A. Schmiegelow, Amanda L. Sesser, Gregory J. Soulliere, Leona K. Svancara, Stephen C. Torbit, Joseph A. Veech, Kerri T. Vierling, Greg Wathen, David M. Williams, Mark J. Witecha, John M. Yeiser

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The authors' efforts to provide many clear, concrete examples of how to put theory in practice is particularly noteworthy.

Illuminating ways to bridge the gap between landscape ecology and wildlife management, Wildlife and Landscapes makes a scientifically sound and unique contribution that can be used beneficially by professionals in either field. Logical, deductive, and effective, the book bright-lines how real progress can be made when managers and landscape ecologists work together in collaborations that prioritize clear communication and empathetic understanding.

Bringing the idea of larger spatial scale thinking to wildlife conservation and management, this excellent book is a valuable resource not only for practitioners but also for the informed public who want to get the bigger picture.

This book is a timely piece that bridges the gap between practicing wildlife managers and landscape ecologists. It provides an important contribution in the search for creative ways of managing habitats to benefit diverse wildlife species.

Wildlife Management and Landscapes blends traditional and new techniques, field application and ecological theory, wildlife management and landscape ecology to provide students, managers, and researchers with the knowledge and tools they need to incorporate large-scale patterns and processes into wildlife management and conservation.

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360
ISBN
9781421440194
Illustration Description
25 b&w photos, 71 b&w illus.
Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Part I. Understanding Habitat on Landscapes
Chapter 1. The Landscape Perspective in Wildlife and Habitat Management
Chad J. Parent and Fidel Hernández
Ch

List of Contributors
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Part I. Understanding Habitat on Landscapes
Chapter 1. The Landscape Perspective in Wildlife and Habitat Management
Chad J. Parent and Fidel Hernández
Chapter 2. Wildlife Management and the Roots of Landscape Ecology
James A. Martin and John M. Yeiser
Chapter 3. Wildlife–Landscape Relationships: A Foundation for Managing Habitats on Landscapes
Michael L. Morrison and William M. Block
Part II. Establishing a Landscape Foundation for Wildlife Managers
Chapter 4. Essential Concepts in Landscape Ecology for Wildlife and Natural Resource Managers
Humberto L. Perotto-Baldivieso
Chapter 5. Using Landscape Ecology to Inform Effective Management
Joseph A. Veech
Chapter 6. Translating Landcover Data Sets into Habitat Features
David D. Diamond and Lee F. Elliott
Chapter 7. Influence of Habitat Loss and Fragmentation on Wildlife Populations
Amanda E. Martin, Joseph R. Bennett, and Lenore Fahrig
Chapter 8. Data Collection and Quantitative Considerations for Studying Pattern–Process Relationships on Landscapes
Jacqueline L. Frair and Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau
Chapter 9. Part II Synthesis: Establishing a Landscape Foundation for Wildlife Managers
David M. Williams
Part III. Establishing a Wildlife Management Foundation for Landscape Ecologists
Chapter 10. Managing Wildlife at Landscape Scales
John W. Connelly and Courtney J. Conway
Chapter 11. Improving Communication between Landscape Ecologists and Managers: Challenges and Opportunities
Kerri T. Vierling, Joseph D. Holbrook, Jocelyn L. Aycrigg, Teresa C. Cohn, and Leona K. Svancara
Chapter 12. Developing Useful Spatially Explicit Habitat Models and Decision-Support Tools for Wildlife Management
Neal D. Niemuth, Michael E. Estey, and Ronald D. Pritchert
Chapter 13. Managing Landscapes and the Importance of Conservation Incentive Programs
Mark J. Witecha and Todd R. Bogenschutz
Chapter 14. Part III Synthesis: Establishing a Wildlife Management Foundation for Landscape Ecologists
David M. Williams
Part IV. Translating Landscape Ecology to Management
Chapter 15. Age, Size, Configuration, and Context: Keys to Habitat Management at All Scales
Jeffrey K. Keller
Chapter 16. A Joint Venture Approach
Gregory J. Soulliere and Mohammed A. Al-Saffar
Chapter 17. Translating Landscape Ecology to Management: A Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Approach
Cynthia A. Jacobson, Amanda L. Sesser, Elsa M. Haubold, Kevin M. Johnson, Kimberly A. Lisgo, Betsy E. Neely, Fiona K. A. Schmiegelow, Stephen C. Torbit, and Greg Wathen
Chapter 18. Mapping Priority Areas for Species Conservation
Casey A. Lott, Jeffery L. Larkin, Darin J. McNeil, Cameron J. Fiss, and Bridgett E. Costanzo
Chapter 19. Nongovernmental Organizations: Their Role in and Approach to Landscape Conservation
Jodi A. Hilty, Karl A. Didier, and Jon P. Beckmann
Chapter 20. Part IV Synthesis: Translating Landscape Ecology to Management
David M. Williams
Index

Author Bios
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William F. Porter

William F. Porter (1951–2020) was an emeritus professor of wildlife conservation at Michigan State University.
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Chad J. Parent

Chad J. Parent is a research ecologist at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
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Rosemary A. Stewart

Rosemary A. Stewart is the associate director of Boone and Crockett Programs at Michigan State University.
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David M. Williams

David M. Williams is an assistant professor and the interim director of the Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center at Michigan State University.