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Managing Our Natural Resources, 6th Edition

  • William G. Camp
  • Betty Heath-Camp
  • ISBN-10: 1285835077
  • ISBN-13: 9781285835075
  • 608 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2002, 1997
  • COPYRIGHT: 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 Author

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.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1305273060 | ISBN-13: 9781305273061)

The instructor’s manual serves as an instructional resource and provides teaching tips or guidelines, essay questions, answers to review and test questions, key objectives, glossary, appendices and exercises for content reinforcement.

Classmaster CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1305273079 | ISBN-13: 9781305273078)

The ClassMaster CD-ROM is a complete instructor’s teaching package on CD-ROM composed of innovative tools designed to correlate to and reinforce the text. ClassMaster CD-ROMs include the following components: Computerized Test Bank: Provides the most flexible solution for creating, administering, and grading exams, tutorials, and quizzes. Features a Quick Start Guide that will lead the instructor through the basic steps of creating a gradebook and exam for the corresponding subject and discipline. Instructor’s Guide: Provides unit objectives, competencies to be developed, unit glossaries, and answers to all questions in the accompanying textbook. Teacher’s Resource Materials: Components can include lesson plans, PowerPoint™slides, and image libraries (some books include transparency masters in lieu of PowerPoint™ slides).

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305580249 | ISBN-13: 9781305580244)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero is a flexible, online system that allows you to: author, edit, and manage test bank content from multiple Cengage Learning solutions; create multiple test versions in an instant; deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom or wherever you want. Start right away! Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero works on any operating system or browser. No special installs or downloads needed. Create tests from school, home, the coffee shop – anywhere with Internet access. What will you find? Simplicity at every step. A desktop-inspired interface features drop-down menus and familiar, intuitive tools that take you through content creation and management with ease. Full-featured test generator. Create ideal assessments with your choice of 15 question types (including true/false, multiple choice, opinion scale/likert, and essay). Multi-language support, an equation editor and unlimited metadata help ensure your tests are complete and compliant. Cross-compatible capability. Import and export content into other systems.

Student Workbook  (ISBN-10: 130527315X | ISBN-13: 9781305273153)

The student workbook is designed to help the user retain key chapter content. Included within this resource are chapter objective questions, key term definition queries, multiple choice, fill in the blank and true or false problems.

Student Supplements

Student Workbook  (ISBN-10: 130527315X | ISBN-13: 9781305273153)

The student workbook is designed to help you retain key chapter content. Included within this resource are chapter objective questions, key term definition queries, multiple choice, fill in the blank and true or false problems.