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Applied Conservation Biology: 
Protecting and Restoring Biodiversity

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SC402t: Applied Conservation Biology: Protecting and Restoring Biodiversity

        We reach a deeper connection and understanding of nature through our natural history studies. With that deeper connection and understanding, we next learn about strategies to counteract the threats to the biodiversity of nature. We learn how to protect and strengthen the power and balance of the natural world. Locally, we defend our habitat, our quality of life, and our sense of place through education and outreach with our watershed conservation organization.

        We will be reading and discussing the fundamentals of conservation biology, as well as some of the cutting edge material just being published. These readings will equip us to expand the preliminary Little Applegate Wildlands Network Conservation Plan started by the autumn 2000 session, and continued by the 2001 sessions. Instead of writing a paper to critique a government resource management plan (as described in the syllabus), you will be working together as a team to expand the “preliminary” Little Applegate Wildlands Network Conservation Plan (LAWN-CP) toward a final version. The LAWN-CP is a pro-active strategy for conserving biodiversity in our watershed using state-of-the-art methodologies being developed by The Wildlands Project.

        The LAWN-CP project will involve working with local conservationists, conservation biologists, and government agency environmental planners. This project will require developing an in-depth understanding of the work already accomplished, conducting research toward expanding the work, and writing in the field of conservation biology. The written work from our natural history course will be folded into the LAWN-CP project.

        Experiences gathered during this course will prove invaluable for participants considering a career in conservation biology, environmental education, or environmental activism. The pace and intensive flow of this work provides a realistic insight into the rigors of professional work in these fields.

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