Biodiversity Conservation Handbook: State, Local, and Private Protection of Biological Diversity

Biodiversity Conservation Handbook
Edited by Robert B. McKinstry, Jr., Coreen Ripp, and Emily Lisy
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The Biodiversity Conservation Handbook is designed to assist state and local policymakers who wish to "think globally and act locally" by developing a state or local biodiversity program. In addition to providing background on biodiversity generally and the importance of such programs at the state and local level, it looks at how science can inform and be incorporated into biodiversity programs, the various legal tools states can use in implementing such programs, and the importance of considering people's social and economic needs in designing biodiversity programs. Last, it examines the steps Pennsylvania has taken to conserve and restore the native biodiversity within its borders.

About the Author

Robert B. McKinstry Jr. is the Maurice K. Goddard Professor of Forestry and Environmental Resources Conservation at Pennsylvania State University. He focuses his research and outreach on state and local programs to address international environmental issues, including biodiversity conservation, climate change, and sustainable development. Prior to his appointment to the Goddard Chair, McKinstry was the Co-Partner-in-Charge of the Environmental Practice Group of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, L.L.P., in the firm’s Philadelphia office, and is currently Of Counsel to that firm. Before beginning private practice, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. James L. Latchum, then-Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. McKinstry focuses his private practice of law exclusively in the areas of environmental law and litigation.

Coreen Ripp is currently working as an Environmental Analysis and Review Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection in the Bureau of Land and Water Resources. She received her master’s of science degree in 2005 from the School of Forest Resources at the Pennsylvania State University with an emphasis on Watershed Stewardship. Prior to her graduate work, Ripp worked for theWisconsin Department of Natural Resources as aWatershed and Partnership Coordinator.

Emily Lisy teaches biology, environmental science, marine biology, and human physiology at Westhill High School in Stamford, Connecticut. During her short tenure, she has received grants to incorporate innovative science education strategies into her classroom. Lisy is a graduate of Penn State University where she received her B.S. and M.S. in wildlife and fisheries science in 2001 and 2003, respectively. For her master’s research, she studied the effect of residential development design on bird diversity in State College, Pennsylvania. Her thesis work developed a model that planners and developers could use to incorporate best management practices to promote bird diversity in residential developments. While at Penn State, she was a Maurice K. Goddard Fellow and helped organize three Goddard Forums on Developing Sustainable Communities, Global Warming, and Biodiversity (upon which this book is based).

Book Reviews

“Land use attorneys and planners whose jobs involve them in the complex task of fitting development properly into the landscape should have at hand the tools and techniques that are carefully described in the Biodiversity Conservation Handbook. Professor McKinstry and his authors take the 'think globally and act locally' maxim to the next level by providing readers with a number of useful and innovative strategies that can be used to combat the loss of biodiversity. Those who practice, those who teach, and those who care will benefit from this much-needed collection.”
- John R. Nolon
Charles A. Frueauff Professor of Law and
Director of the Land Use Law Center
Pace University School of Law
Author, New Ground: The Advent of Local Environmental Law