The general interest and attention paid to the use of the renewable natural resources of the world have increased greatly during the last decades. This is due to the environmental dilemma into which mankind has got itself by the total disregard of ecological facts and laws, the underprizing of natural resources and the overemphasis on economic develop- ment, coupled with unimpeded rapid population growth and the preponderance of material- istic consumption-oriented attitudes. The management and use of natural resources such as forests, grasslands, rivers and lakes were formerly considered purely in a financial context, whereas latterly, a consciousness of their social function and the indirect economic benefits which can be derived from them has developed. Thus, as regards these traditional resources, multi-use concepts comprising eco- nomically oriented utilisation as well as recreational, educational and social use have be- come widely accepted. Conservation of natural resources for sustainable consumptive as well as non-consumptive uses has been recognised as a key element for maintaining eco- nomic development all over the world. Fortunately, the industrialised countries have started to apply this principle themselves and in their technical and financial aid to the developing Third World countries. This is manifest from policy documents such as the World Bank Policy on Development of Wild Lands, issued in 1987.
Familiar species, common plants, and natural phenomena are introduced in these beautifully illustrated guides to nature and the outdoors. Printed on laminated, water-resistant paper in a folded format, Pocket Naturalist® Guides are highly durable for use in the field as each title provides a portable reference to a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, butterflies, and insects. Nature enthusiasts, from the beginner to the seasoned explorer, will relish the abundance of detailed information packed within these handheld guides.
More than 140 speciesfrom the thirteen-lined ground squirrel and the red-spotted purple to the western meadowlark and the northern leopard frogare included in this comprehensive and practical reference to the wildlife of the Cornhusker State. As with the other state-specific guides in the Pocket Naturalist® Guides series, this indispensible pamphlet also features statewide wildlife sanctuaries, making it a portable gem of useful identification information.
Australia's wildlife will be captured in your memory forever with this stunning collection of Steve Parish images.
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