31. Ecosystem Management - Sierra Nevada Case Study

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Integrating Species and Ecosystem Management Sierra Nevada Case Study
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Single-species management focuses on maintaining viable populations of native species Single-species versus Ecosystem Management Ecosystem management focuses on maintaining ecosystem processes and providing services to current and future generations
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Single-species Management Addresses specific causes declines for threatened species Can prevent the ESA listing of specific species Strong history and methodological basis Advantages Limited number of species can be studied/managed intensively Bias due to the ‘‘ cute and cuddly syndrome’’ May not address broad scale environmental impacts Disadvantages
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Ecosystem Management Addresses ecosystem-level problems and ecosystem services important for human well-being Can benefit multiple species, especially before they become endangered Can be cost-effective to study and manage many species at one time Specialized species may be overlooked Less well developed than single-species management Ecosystems are big and complicated Advantages Disadvantages
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What the does the Endangered Species Act Have to Say? There is no “Endangered Ecosystem Act” – legally habitats are protected for the sake of endangered species. However….“The purposes of this Act are to provide a means whereby the ecosystems upon which endangered species and threatened species depend may be conserved…”
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Can Single-Species Management Benefit Ecosystems?
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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2011 for the course ZOO 360 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at University of Wisconsin.

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