Habitat as Architecture: Integrating Conservation Planning and Human Health
The current resurgence in popular awareness of the environment is dominated by concern for energy and food sustainability. In the meantime, the biodiversity crisis continues to magnify (Brooks et al. 2006). While incidents like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill help focus public attention on how unsustainable energy use patterns are for human health and well-being and wildlife conservation, many other practices commonly considered “sustainable” are not so for biodiversity. Agricultural ecosystems may be perceived as sustainable if they produce organic products, yet the most extensive certified organic farms have many of the same homogenous landscape characteristics as non-organic industrial farms (reviewed in Bengtsson et al. 2005). Industrial production of biofuels threatens vast areas of native grasslands and forests (Groom et al. 2008; Fletcher et al. 2010). Likewise, green housing developments typically use only structural or aesthetic aspects of nature at the expense of...
KeywordsEcosystem Service Biodiversity Conservation Sensitive Species Habitat Conservation Land Trust
We thank the George B. Jr. and Helen C. Hartzog Institute for Parks at Clemson University for bringing the authors together. For thoughtful conversation and manuscript comments, we thank E. Dennis Baldwin, S. C. Trombulak, E. Fleischman, and two anonymous reviewers of a previous version.
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