Natural Resource Conservation: Management for a Sustainable Future (10e) : 9780132251389

Natural Resource Conservation: Management for a Sustainable Future (10e)

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For introductory-level, undergraduate courses in natural resource conservation, natural resource management, environmental science, and environmental conservation.


This comprehensive text describes the ecological principles, policies, and practices required to create a sustainable future. It emphasizes practical, cost-effective, sustainable solutions to these problems that make sense from social, economic, and environmental perspectives.

Table of contents

1. Natural Resource Conservation and Management: Past, Present and Future

2. Economics, Ethics, and Critical Thinking: Tools for Creating a Sustainable Future

3. Lessons from Ecology

4. The Human Population Challenge

5. World Hunger: Solving the Problem Sustainably

6. The Nature of Soils

7. Soil Conservation and Sustainable Agriculture

8. Integrated Pest Management

9. Aquatic Environments

10. Managing Water Resources Sustainability

11. Water Pollution

12. Fisheries Conservation

13. Rangeland Management

14. Forest Management

15. Plant and Animal Extinction

16. Wildlife Management

17. Sustainable Waste Management

18. Air Pollution

19. Global Warming and Climate Change

20. Acid Deposition and Stratospheric Ozone Depletion

21. Minerals, Mining, and a Sustainable Society

22. Nonrenewable Energy Resources: Issues and Options

23. Creating a Sustainable System of Energy

New to this edition
  • New Chapter 19 on Global Warming and Climate Change emphasizes this important topic and reflects the current developments in the area.
  • New GoGreen! Boxes appear in every chapter with practical tips on reducing carbon footprints.

Features & benefits
  • A focus on sustainable development puts students in touch with one of the most significant shifts in thinking and action in the environmental and resource management arenas. A variety of lasting solutions are provided that make sense from social, economic, and environmental viewpoints.
  • Critical thinking and ethics are stressed throughout and teach students to question and analyze issues from a variety of perspectives and to distinguish good information from bad.
  • “Case Study,” “A Closer Look,” and “Ethics in Resource Conservation” boxes delve into the heart of controversial issues and provide a look at some career opportunities in natural resource conservation.
  • Updated material throughout incorporates the latest statistics and includes a new chapter on global warming and climate change.
  • Expanded coverage of social and policy issues includes coverage of environmental justice, free trade, and the impacts of globalization.
  • International examples provide a broader scope of coverage and includes environmental and resource issues from around the globe.
  • New “Go Green!” feature gives students tips and suggestions on reducing their carbon footprint.
Author biography

Dan Chiras earned his Ph.D. in reproductive physiology from the University of Kansas Medical School. After graduating, Dr. Chiras pursued interests in environmental science and has become a leading authority on environmental issues and sustainability. He has published over 20 books and 250 articles in journals, magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias. Dr. Chiras lectures widely on ways to build a sustainable society, green building, and renewable energy. He lives in a state-of the art environmental passive solar/solar electric home in Colorado.


John Reganold received his Ph.D. in soil science from the University of California at Davis. As a professor of soil science at Washington State University, he teaches courses in introductory soils, land use, and organic farming and conducts research in land use and sustainable agriculture. Dr. Reganold has published more than 80 papers in scientific journals, magazines, and proceedings, such as Science, Nature, Scientific American, and New Scientist.