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Renewable Natural Resources
RNR 1001
History of Natural Resource Conservation
o Conservation in the US
Many papers and books written about the enviorment in the
1960s and 70s
o Paul Ehrich professor at Standford
Dire prediction about human population growth and resource
o Barry Commoner
Four laws to ecology
Everything is connected to everything else
Everything must go somewhere, there is no waste in
Nature knows best, technological “improvement” is
likely to be detrimental
There is no such thing as a free lunch
o Conservation ultimately depends on a sense of stewardship
Ensuring sustaniblilty by taking care of the resources that
support life on the planet
The most important part of conservation
o Move from frontier ethics to conservation ethics
What is right, what is wrong
If conservation is a virtue, it is then a function of ethics and
social tradition
Do we have history of strong conservation ethics in the US?
Ethics and Stewardship
o Where do we stand ethically regarding out natural resources?
o How would we determine the ethical views of the American public
regarding our natural resources?
o Surveys
Survey design-sampling bias?
Survey questions-wording critical
Clear and understandable for intended audience
Not leading or biased
Survey distribution
Stratified random?
Survey format-mail, email, telephone
o Why do surveys?
Identify differences in ethical viewpoints by region, age,
gender, education, income level, etc.
Development of public policy in democratic societies
Natural Resource Conservation
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