Managing Our Natural Resources

  • AUTHORS: William G. Camp; Betty Heath-Camp
  • ISBN-13: 9781285835075 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 608 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 6th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2009, 2002, 1997
  • ©2016     Published
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About The Product

MANAGING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, 6th Edition is an exploration of the world’s natural resources and the ways professionals manage them. Written for introductory agriculture courses, the book examines a broad variety of topics from forest fires and fishery management to water purification and energy conservation. Organized into an eight-unit overview, chapters cover the must-know fundamentals of land, water, and air, forestry, fish and wildlife, and energy and mineral resources, along with the hottest issues impacting them today. Full-color photographs, illustrations, and case studies add depth and clarity to every chapter, while appendices take readers beyond the book to websites, certification programs, and additional learning opportunities that promote critical thinking. Now available in digital formats and with a variety of supplemental learning tools, MANAGING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, 6th Edition encourages readers with videos, self-quizzing, software, and apps that make learning extraordinary.


  • Newsworthy Topics: Chapters address the full gamut of popular and sometimes controversial topics, such as alternative energy, whaling, GMOs, wetland preservation, water pollution, fracking, and more.
  • Thoughtfully Organized: Eight teaching units logically correspond to curriculum and instructional planning requirements for teachers in natural resources management and agricultural courses.
  • Broad Exploration: Examining a large number of agricultural topics gives readers a thorough introduction to natural resources management and careers they may have never imagined.
  • Focused Subjects: Chapters center on key learning objectives that keep readers moving through the material, acquiring skills, and broadening their view of agriculture and natural resource management.
  • Stimulating Cases: Each unit ends with a thought-provoking case study that helps readers see real-world issues in action, develop analytical skills, and contribute to classroom discussion.

About the Contributor

  • William G. Camp

    Dr. William Camp is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Extension Education at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He retired from Cornell University in 2010. Prior to his university career, Dr. Camp taught agriculture and natural resources management to high school and middle school students. He has written more than 200 research articles, papers, reports, and monographs.

  • Betty Heath-Camp

    Dr. Heath-Camp is a Professor Emerita of Teaching and Learning at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. She retired from Cornell University in 2010. Formerly a high school teacher and school administrator with the Ohio Department of Corrections, she held many leadership roles, wrote multiple publications, and gave national research presentations. Dr. Heath-Camp earned her BS and MS from Murray State University, and her PhD from the Ohio State University.

Table of Contents

1. Our Natural Resources.
2. A History of Conservation in the United States.
3. Concepts in Natural Resources Management.
Case Study: Eyes in the Night: The Debate over Wolf Reintroduction in North America.
4. Soil Characteristics.
5. Soil Erosion.
6. Controlling Erosion on the Farm.
7. Nonfarm Erosion Control.
8. Rangeland Management.
9. Landfills and Solid Waste Management.
10. Wetland Preservation and Management.
11. Land-Use Planning.
12. Careers in Soil Management.
Case Study: Let’s Go to the Beach.
13. Water Supply and Water Users.
14. Water Pollution.
15. Water Purification and Wastewater Treatment.
16. Water-Use Planning.
17. Air and Air Quality.
18. Water for Transportation.
19. Careers in Water and Air Management.
Case Study: The Case of the Pesky Mollusk.
20. Our Forests and Their Products.
21. Woodland Management.
22. Forest Enemies and Their Control.
23. Fire!
24. Careers in Forestry.
Case Study: Hey, Don’t Eat My Trees!
25. Fish and Wildlife in America.
26. Game Management.
27. Marine Fisheries Management.
28. Freshwater Fisheries Management.
29. Careers in Fish and Wildlife.
Case Study: The Whaling Controversy.
30. Recreation on Public Lands and Waters.
31. Outdoor Safety.
32. Careers in Outdoor Recreation.
Case Study: Of Forests and Foes.
33. Fossil Fuels.
34. Alternative Energy Sources Management.
35. Metals and Minerals.
36. Careers in Energy, Mineral, and Metal Resources.
Case Study: To Regulate or Not to Regulate—That is the Question.
37. Advanced Concepts in Natural Resources Management.
Case Study: My Exotic Gypsy Moths.
Appendix A: Web Sites Dealing With Natural Resources and Environmental Management.
Appendix B: Safety Certification Programs.
Appendix C: Safety in the School and Workplace.
Appendix D: Supervised Agricultural Experiences.
Appendix E: Additional Case Studies.

New to this Edition

  • Welcome Additions: New photos and graphic illustrations, extra cases studies and appendices, revised data, and an expanded list of authoritative web sites represent a fraction of the many updates to MANAGING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, 6TH Edition.
  • Robust e-Resources: Students and instructors get anywhere, anytime access to assignments with digital content, homework apps, flashcards, videos, games, and grading features that make your course more interactive.
  • NEW Fracking: An all-new section on hydraulic fracturing studies the expanding use of this technology to greatly increase petroleum and natural gas production in the United States.
  • Energy Updates: Detailed content updates address oil production and mineral reserves, as well as related legislation and policy changes, and discussions on the accelerating importance of oil sands for energy production.
  • More Air and Water: A new chapter on air quality examines human impacts and emerging improvement techniques while a fresh chapter on water transportation highlights this growing medium of passage.

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