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Transactions of the 65th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference

    Held March 24 to 28, 2000 in Rosemont, Illinois

    Opening Session. Hindsight and Foresight in Conservation

    Opening Statement, Rollin D. Sparrowe
    Ecosystem Management: From Rhetoric to Reality, Jonathan B. Haufler
    The Forest Service's Roads Policy: Assuring Wildlife Habitat Quality, Michael Dombeck
    War on Weeds: Winning It for Wildlife, Jerry Asher
    1999 National 4-H Wildlife and Fisheries Volunteer Leader Recognition Awards

    Session One. Wildlife Harvest Regulations: Lesson Learned, Current Challenges and Prospects for the Future

    Perspectives on Regulation of the Sport Harvest of Wildlife, Byron K. Williams
    Evolution of Harvest Management for North American Waterfowl: Selective Pressures and Preadaptations for Adaptive Harvest Management, James D. Nichols
    Adaptive Harvest Management: Has Anything Really Changed?, Dale D. Humburg, Thomas W. Aldrich, Scott Baker, Gary Costanzo, James H Gammonley, Michael A. Johnson, Bryan Swift, Dan Yparraguirre
    Adaptive Regulation of Waterfowl Harvests: Lessons Learned and Prospects for the Future, Fred A. Johnson and David J. Case
    Review of Archery Equipment Regulations for Big Game Hunting in the United States, Kenneth E. Mayer, Robert C. Lund, Lonnie P. Hansen, Robert J. Warren and H. Lee Gladfelter
    A Review of Regulation-setting Processes Among State Wildlife Agencies, Peter Bull and R. Ben Peyton
    Review of Criteria and Procedures and Recommendations for Tightening Regulation Setting in State Wildlife Agencies, Herman J. Griese, Dwight E. Guynn and R. Ben Peyton
    The Political Realities of Regulation Setting, Jay B. McAninch, Saxby Chambliss and Collin Peterson

    Session Two. Central Forests: A Sleeping Giant

    Current Conditions and Trends in Composition and Structure of Midwestern Forests, Thomas L. Schmidt
    Sustaining Oak Ecosystems in the Central Hardwood Region: Lessons from the Past-Continuing the History of Disturbance, Daniel C. Dey and Richard P. Guyette
    Enhanced Avian Diversity in Wisconsin Pine Barrens through Aggregated Timber Harvest, Neal D. Niemuth and Mark S. Boyce
    How to Reduce Gypsy Moth Effects on Central Hardwood Forests, Kurt W. Gottschalk and Andrew M. Liebhold
    Should Bat Conservation Issues Alone Dictate Forest Management Policy?, Richard L. Clawson and Ronald D. Drobney
    The Challenges and Opportunities of Restoring Ecosystems in Urban-influenced Areas: Insights from Northeastern Illinois, Susan C. Barro and John F. Dwyer
    Fragmented Midwestern Forests and Songbird Populations: Where Do We Go From Here?, Frank R. Thompson III

    Session Three. Managing Wildlife-related Conflicts

    Issue Management and Communicating Effectively: "Why Biologists Need Help", Stephanie Kenyon and Carol l,fynne
    Co-management: An Evolving Process for the Future of Wildlife Management?, Daniel J. Decker, Tania M. Schuster, Tommy L. Brown and George F. Mattfeld
    Beyond Release: Incorporating Diverse Publics in Setting Research Priorities for the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program, Bruce C. Thompson, Julie S. Prior-Magee, Melody L. Munson-McGee, Wendy Brown, David Parsons and Lucy Moore
    Balancing Public Opinion in Managing River Otters in Missouri, David Hamilton, Daniel J. Witter and Theresa L. Goedeke
    Managing Overabundance in the Face of Social Conflict: The Case of the Lesser Snow Goose, Craig A. Miller
    A Sportsmen's Task Force for Establishing Waterfowl Seasons, David E. Odell

    Session Four. Hostile Takeovers in America: Invasive Species in Wild/ands and Waterways

    Biological Invasions: Global Swarming is Heating Up, Bruce E. Coblentz
    The Round Goby (Neogobius melanostomus): Another Unwelcome Invader in the Mississippi River Basin, Mark T. Steingraeber and Pamella A. Thiel
    Saltcedar Invasion of Western Riparian Areas: Impacts and New Prospects for Control, Tom L. Dudley, C. Jack DeLoach, Jeffrey E. Levich and Raymond I. Carruthers
    The Silvio 0. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge Invasive Plant Control Initiative, Beth Goettel
    C ALFED Nonnative Invasive Species Program, S. Kim Webb
    Nutria: A Nonnative Nemesis, Dixie Bounds and Glenn A. Carowan, Jr.
    Invasive Species and the Conservation Community, Bob Devine, Sara Vickerman and Mike Phillips

    Session Five. NEPA After Thirty Years: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    Opening Statement, Thomas Wray III
    Analyzing the Indirect and Cumulative Impacts of Federal Agency Permitting Actions and Approval Decisions: A Common Sense Approach to Improve the NEPA Process, Fred R. Wagner and Brenda Mallory
    Process Improvement: A New Focus for NEPA Programs in the Department of Defense, Ronald D. Webster, Len Richeson, and Katherine M Bragdon
    The Public and the Commenting Process For The Proposed Grand Kankakee Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Jean C. Mangun, Daniel E. Bray and William R. Mangun
    Integrating NEPA with Other Environmental Laws: Road Map for Success, Ron Bass and John Forren
    Is There Integration of Natural and Cultural Resources in the NEPA Process?, Erwin Roemer
    NEPA Ratings: What Have We Learned?, Kelly Tzoumis and Linda Finegold
    Unprecedented Decision Involving NEPA on Controversial Reservoir Project, Regina Poeske

    Session Six. Young Wildlife Professionals: Do They Fulfill The Needs of Management in Today's Resource Agency?

    Great Books, Great Thinkers, Great Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Ronald J Regan
    Does Today's Wildlife Management Agency Know What to Expect From Young Wildlife Professionals, James E. Miller
    Preparing and Hiring for the Future: Are We Playing for the Short or Long Term?, James A. Baker
    The Preparedness of Entry-level Natural Resource Professionals in the Forest Service, Phil Janik and Dave Radloff
    Evolving State Agencies, University Curricula and Wildlife Students, Alan Woolf
    Educating Today's Students for Tomorrow's Challenges in Natural Resource Management: A Student's Perspective, Joe N. Caudell
    Academic Response to the Needs of Natural Resource Agencies: A Case Study Involving Human/Wildlife Conflicts, Terry A. Messmer and Michael R. Conover
    Published annually since 1915, the Transactions of the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference provide a unique and informative record of the direction and momentum of professional natural resource management. Tracking current research and management emphases and the perspectives and approaches to meeting the challenges to sustaining and conserving North America's wildlife and their habitats, the Transactions is a valuable reference for all who deal with the complexities and intricacies of natural resource issues, policies and programs.