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PrefaCe

M

anaging Our Natural Resources is designed for high school and
postsecondary students enrolled in an agriculture program with a natural
resources, conservation, forestry management, environmental science, or
wildlife management course�
It is the purpose of this book to present a balanced viewpoint of the place of
humans in the world as long-term residents� We discuss soil formation, erosion,
reclamation, and conservation; water use and improvement; and air quality� We
examine endangered species of wildlife; hunting game animals; fishing; and safety in
boating, hiking, and other forms of outdoor recreation� We study conservation farming; land-use planning; construction practices that minimize the impact of exploitation on the environment; energy resources use, abuse, conservation, and alternatives;
mineral use and recycling; and career opportunities in each of those diverse fields�
For this sixth edition, we worked to present the most current and relevant
events, statistics, and topics� Our intention is that readers become informed of
the natural resource management issues of today�
Managing natural resources itself is a very broad topic, and a book that
attempts to deal with it cannot go into great depth in any of the areas considered�
Therefore, this book should be used as a survey of many broad areas rather than
as a definitive treatment of any one area of study�

Why We Wrote This Book

Managing Our Natural Resources was written because we perceived a need for a
book that takes a broad look at the whole panorama of preservation, exploitation,
and conservation of natural resources from a balanced perspective� There are
many books on soils, for instance, but such books do not treat soil management
as it relates to other disciplines, such as wildlife management and fisheries development� We have attempted to take just such an approach in this book� We hope
it will lead students into at least one area of study that will pique their appetite
to learn more and that will lead them to conduct their own research and further
study in that area�

New to This Edition

The sixth edition was thoroughly revised to reflect the changing landscape of
natural resource management:
Statistics throughout the book were updated and checked for accuracy�
Changes in technology and the economy and how they have affected the
energy production sector in drastic ways are discussed�
The emergence of the widespread use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is
described�
Recent events, such as the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, and
Superstorm Sandy along the East coast of the United States are discussed�
United Nations population growth forecasts, indicating a leveling off of the
human population over the next several centuries, are reviewed�
Web sites in Appendix A and safety certification programs in Appendix B
were updated and checked for accuracy�

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