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Wildlands Project, Conservation, Conservation of natural resources


Large-scale wildlands reserve systems offer one of the best hopes for slowing, if not reversing, the loss of biodiversity and wilderness. Establishing such reserves requires both sound biology and effective advocacy. Attempts by The Wildlands Project and its cooperators to meld science and advocacy in the service of conservation is working, but is not without some problems. Scientists and advocates have differences in methods of work, different understandings of the origins and place of values in conservation, and differing expectations about the efficacy of biological information in achieving protection. Despite these differences, successful relationships can be forged where these differences are recognized and made part of the conservation planning process.


This article is a U.S. government work, and is not subject to copyright in the United States. This is the final PDF. Originally published in USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-2.

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