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Reference - Conservation Management



Biodiversity Preservation

  1. Biodiversity
    E.O. Wilson, Ed. 1992, 9th ed. Smithsonian Institute Press Global perspectives on preservation of biodiversity, human dependence, value of, monitoring and protection of, restoration ecology, policies, ways of seeing biodiversity.
    • Research, essays, stories
    • A good overall academic text for assessing the variety of issues pertaining to biodiversity conservation on a global scale.
    Recommended by Elizabeth Hood

  3. Life in the Balance: Humanity and the Biodiversity Crisis
    N. Eldredge. 1998. Princeton University Press, Princeton
    • A global view of biodiversity- from an evolutionary perspective, current issues and challenges, suggestions for striking a balance
    • Information, essays, stories, tables of extinctions since the 1600’s, and a list of essential fungi and flora
    • An excellent resource; great book to educate the educators.
    Recommended by Elizabeth Hood

  5. Seeds of Change- The Living Treasure: The Passionate Story of the Growing Movement to Restore Biodiversity and Revolutionize the Way We Think About Food.
    Kenny Ausubel. 1994. HarperSan Francisco. San Francisco.
    • A guide to preserving food biodiversity, the whys and hows.
    Recommended by Elizabeth Hood

Invasive Plants

  1. Guide to Monitoring Exotic and Invasive Plants
    Erich Haber. 1997.Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network, Environment Canada, Ottawa
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    • Addresses the global and national concern of the threat that invasive plants pose to native plants and their habitat
    • Factual, research, background information, encourages monitoring projects of invasive populations
    • An excellent Canadian guide with both specific and general information
    Recommended by Elizabeth Hood

  3. My Weeds
    Sara Stein. 1988. Houghton Mifflin Co., New York
    • The diversity of plants and what they can reveal about the conditions in which they grow (ie: your garden)
    • Essays and personal stories, plates and histories of common weeds
    • Excellent text that challenges conventional notions on how we view the plants that surround us; great stories and lore; weed species are not limited to Canadian varieties
    Recommended by Elizabeth Hood


  1. A Sand County Almanac and Sketches from Here and There
    Aldo Leopold. 1949/68. Oxford University Press, Oxford
    Recommended by Elizabeth Hood

  3. A Trail Through Leaves: The Journal As a Path to Place
    Hannah Hinchman. 1997. WW Norton and Co., New York.
    • This beautiful book pretends to be about journaling. A brief glace through hand-drawn images of the natural world and scrawled notes provides a different perspective. Glows with one woman’s love of the land. Inspiring.
    Recommended by Elizabeth Hood

  5. The Redesigned Forest
    Chris Maser. 1988. R & E Miles.
    Recommended by Henry Kock, University of Guelph Arboretum

  7. The Seed Keepers
    Vandana Shiva, Vanaja Ramprasad, Pandurang Hegde, Omkar Krishnan and Radha Holla-Bhar. 1995. The Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy, New Delhi.
    Recommended by Elizabeth Hood

  9. Silent Spring
    Rachel Carson. 1962. Houghton Mifflin, New York.
    Recommended by Elizabeth Hood

  11. Tending the Earth: A Gardener’s Manifesto
    Lorraine Johnson. 2002. Penguin Group: Toronto.
    Recommended by Elizabeth Hood

  13. Thinking Like a Mountain: Towards a Council of All Beings
    John Seed, Joanne Macy, Pat Flemming and Arne Naess. 1988. New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, BC.
    Recommended by: Henry Kock, University of Guelph Arboretum

  15. The Trees in My Forest
    Bernd Heinrich. 1997. Cliff Street Books
    Recommended by: Henry Kock, University of Guelph Arboretum

  17. Wildwood: A Forest for the Future
    Ruth Loomis and Merv Wilkenson. 1990. Reflections: Gabriola Is., B.C.
    Recommended by: Henry Kock, University of Guelph Arboretum

Plant Conservation

  1. The Gardener’s Guide to Plant Conservation
    N. T. Marshall.1993. World Wildlife Federation, Baltimore, MD
    • Reports on the decline of wild (native) plants worldwide, a guide to ethical use of native plants from North America
    • Informative, plant lists of wildflowers and bulbs, glossary, colour plates
    Recommended by Elizabeth Hood

  3. Endangered Spaces
    M. Hummel, Ed. 1989. Key Porter Books Ltd., Toronto
    • Wilderness preservation, regional viewpoints, list of wilderness preservation organizations
    • Essays, images, ideas for change
    • An older book, full of beautiful images; a good primer for conservation in Canada
    Recommended by Elizabeth Hood

  5. The Vanishing Garden: A Conservation Guide to Garden Plants
    C. Brickell and F. Sharman. 1986. John Murray Ltd. London.
    • This is an interesting slant on conservation: discusses the loss of biodiversity of garden plants with the advent of the successful and homogeneous selection of common garden plants.
    Recommended by Elizabeth Hood

  7. Conserving Carolinian Canada: Conservation Biology in the Deciduous Forest Region.
    G.M. Allen, P.F.J. Eagles, S.D. Price. 1990. University of Waterloo Press, Waterloo, ON.
    • A regionally important work for all those working in and around this bioregion.
    Recommended by Elizabeth Hood

Resource Management

  1. Pollution Probe’s Primers Series
    Pollution Probe.Various: 2000-2003. Pollution Probe
    • Various topics, each presumes that Canada’s natural resources are an essential key to a sustainable future, and must be conserved and used wisely
    • Information, hints, tips, ideas for action, resource lists
    • Perhaps Canada’s first comprehensive resource package addressing the state of our natural resources, how to conserve them, and why; good bibliographies
    Recommended by Elizabeth Hood

  3. Sunship Earth: An Earth Education Program for Getting to Know Your Place in Space
    Steve Van Matre. 1979. The Institute for Earth Education, Cedar Cove, WV
    • Divides the world’s processes into energy and materials, cycles of air, water and soil, diversity, community, interrelationships, change and adaptation
    • Descriptions of key ecological concepts, ideas, activities and guidelines for implementing the 5-day Sunship Earth program
    • An excellent section on cycling of materials- air, water and soil, amongst other excellent accounts of ecological concepts; extensive and detailed activities
    Recommended by Elizabeth Hood