Nature's Keepers: The New Science of Nature Management

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For more than a century, nature lovers have held fast to the belief that preserving the wild means keeping people out. One of America's leading authorities on environmental issues dramatically shows how the new science of mathematical ecology is helping us rescue our natural resources.

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Formerly Washington editor of the journal Nature, Stephen Budiansky is a senior writer at US News & World Report, where he writes about science, the environment and current affairs. He lives with his wife and two children on a small farm in Virginia.

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U.S. News & World Report staffer Budiansky offers three major premises: humans have always interacted with and influenced the natural environment; as ecologists learn more about ecosystems, they are better able to design effective management strategies; anything humans do is natural and, therefore, of no great concern. The first two points are well documented but not overly novel. The last is patently absurd. What Budiansky ignores is that the scale on which humans interact with the environment is vastly greater today than at any other time in history because of our technological prowess and ever-increasing population. He accuses professional ecologists of promoting a political agenda rather than a scientific one, but his glaring naivete calls such an extreme position into question. His claim that science students "who can't stand the sight of a mathematical equation head for ecology" makes one wonder if he's ever seen a basic ecology textbook. Budiansky's engaging style does not compensate for his lack of meaningful content. Illustrations.
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