Conservation Thresholds for Land Use Planners by The Environmental Law Institute

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Technical note: Nitrogen and Phosphorus in runoff from two montane ripari an communities. Journal of Range Management 52:600-605. , and R. Ahern. 1999. Effects of habitat patch size and temperature on the distribution and abundance of ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in an old field. Environmental Entomology 28(4):681-689. , S. Brown, R. Haeuber, N. Hobbs, N. Huntly, R. Naiman, W. Riesbsame, M. Turner, and T. Valone. 2000. Ecological Society of America report: Ecological principles and guidelines for managing the use of land.

Numerous, small development projects that independently may not contribute to significant habitat loss, degradation, or fragmentation, may cumulatively have devastating consequences. Site-specific land use decisions would be more ecologically mindful if better informed by scientific information. Yet, to really make a difference for biodiversity, land use planners will need to begin considering their cumulative and landscape-scale impacts. Biodiversity needs to be a central component directly considered in all land use and community planning projects.

Impact of Near Stream Vegetation and Stream Morphoology on Water Quality and Stream Biota. Document No. EPA-600/3-77-097. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Athens, GA. , and T. Manley. 1990. Road and rail influences on grizzly bears and black bears in northwest Montana. International Conference on Bear Research and Management 8:79-85. , C. Robbins, and J. Hatfield. 1993. Avian communities in riparian forests of different widths in Maryland and Delaware. Wetlands 13:137-144. , R. Sargent, B. Chapman, and K.

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