Terrestrial Nature Reserve Design at the Urban/Rural Interface

  • Craig L. Shafer


Wisconsin had 28 nature reserves five years after the Wisconsin State Board for the Preservation of Scientific Areas was created in 1951. Iltis (1956) remarked that “time is running out,” indicating that 280 or even 500 reserves were needed. By 1993, Wisconsin had a remarkable 276 dedicated nature reserves. However, for much of the Midwest and other parts of the United States, time is running out in spite of some remarkable achievements (Figures 15.1-15.2). Awareness is increasing that terrestrial conservation efforts in some parts of the United States must by necessity be on small pieces of habitat, supporting small populations of species (e.g., Mitchell et al. 1990). Small reserves are important in areas where landscape alteration is very high and very low (Shafer 1995).


Nature Reserve Habitat Patch Conservation Biology Biological Conservation Population Viability Analysis 
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