Lecture 8.txt - Lecture 8 Biodiversity and Conservation-issues to think about environment Saturday 12 at 2pm MW170 wilderness landscapes sanction and

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Lecture 8: Biodiversity and Conservation-issues to think about environmentSaturday 12 at 2pm MW170wilderness landscapes sanction and prohibit the presence of particular social groups-there is no such thing as wilderness as conventionally understood(wilderness is a social construction)rediscover yourself-the focus of wilderness continues to inform the goals of mainstream environmental movementprotected areaswhat is the meaning of conservation?-why should we conserve nature?Are protected areas a viable means of protecting nature?Who is included in or excluded from, protected areas?-dont have moneyhistory of protected areas-emerged in the late 19th century -> Yellowstone in US (1872)- Banff in Canada (1885)POST WII-boom in North American Parks tied to infrastructure development-internationalization of Parks and 'Conservation Boom'objectives of protected areas-keep unwanted trends -avoid human development, maintain the beauty of the protected area -prevent extinction -protection of natural resources-protecting against species extinction and maintaining biodiversity-maintaining continuous stretches of habitat for various flora and fauna (plantsand animals)-maintaining aesthetic and wilderness values (appearance nice to look at)-protection against development pressures-'conserve' natureAldo Leopold - ecologist (father of conservation movement) - "A Sand County Almanac" - prominent figure in the rising conservation and wilderness movements in the 20th century-> land ethic (respect environment, dont deplete or overuse)
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