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    Author(s): Paul A. Gray; Robert J. Davidson
    Date: 2000
    Source: In: McCool, Stephen F.; Cole, David N.; Borrie, William T.; O’Loughlin, Jennifer, comps. 2000. Wilderness science in a time of change conference—Volume 2: Wilderness within the context of larger systems; 1999 May 23–27; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-2. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 59-64
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Sustainable development, ecosystem management and ecosystem health are three prominent catch phrases that now permeate the scientific and popular media, and form the basis of a growing number of private sector, government and academic programs. This discussion paper briefly explores the definition and application of these concepts as a context for wilderness protection programs by arguing that the idea of “sustainable living” is preferred over “sustainable development” as a vision for the future, an ecosystem approach to management is one method by which sustainable living might be achieved, and that an ecosystem approach to management must provide for a balanced spectrum of human activities that cumulatively contribute to ecosystem health.

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    Gray, Paul A.; Davidson, Robert J. 2000. An ecosystem approach to management: a context for wilderness protection. In: McCool, Stephen F.; Cole, David N.; Borrie, William T.; O’Loughlin, Jennifer, comps. 2000. Wilderness science in a time of change conference—Volume 2: Wilderness within the context of larger systems; 1999 May 23–27; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-2. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 59-64

    Keywords

    wilderness, sustainable development, sustainability, ecosystem management, ecosystem health

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