Review: The National Wildlife Refuges: Coordinating a Conservation System through Law

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Review: The National Wildlife Refuges: Coordinating a Conservation System Through Law By Robert L. Fischman Reviewed by Ryder W. Miller San Francisco, USA Robert L. Fischman. The National Wildlife Refuges: Coordinating a Conservation System Through Law. Washington, DC: Island Press: 2003. Printed on recycled acid-free paper. 277 pages.

Robert L. Fischman, a professor at the Indiana University School of Law- Bloomington, details and interprets a vast body of national law concerning the National Wildlife Refuge system. He promotes National Wildlife Refuge law as an international model for sustainable land use, because preservation is not the primary purpose of land management internationally. Other land management systems like the National Park Service and National Wilderness Preservation system focus on preservation and recreational use, rather than sustainable resource extraction. These latter systems "grew out of peculiarly American visions of monumental, pristine, uninhabited nature that are not widely shared by the rest of the world. . . In contrast, the Refuge System's mandate is founded on more global accepted principles of ecology (biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health criteria) and sustainable development (permit use compatible with the conservation mission). Therefore, the Refuge System deserves special attention and support as a model for international conservation" (p. …