The Policy Process by Susan G. Clark (Yale University Press, 2002)

“This useful book is designed to teach natural resources professionals how to be more effective in solving conservation and environmental policy problems. Its presentation of basic concepts, case studies, and “real world concerns” provides a deeper understanding of the policy process and makes the book an invaluable aid for students and practitioners in such fields as wildlife biology, conservation biology, forestry, range management, ecosystem management, and sustainable development.” –Yale University Press






Large Carnivore Conservation edited by Susan G. Clark and Murray B. Rutherford (University of Chicago Press, 2014)

“Drawing on six case studies of wolf, grizzly bear, and mountain lion conservation in habitats stretching from the Yukon to Arizona, Large Carnivore Conservation argues that conserving and coexisting with large carnivores is as much a problem of people and governance—of reconciling diverse and sometimes conflicting values, perspectives, and organizations, and of effective decision making in the public sphere—as it is a problem of animal ecology and behavior. By adopting an integrative approach, editors Susan G. Clark and Murray B. Rutherford seek to examine and understand the interrelated development of conservation science, law, and policy, as well as how these forces play out in courts, other public institutions, and the field.”–University of Chicago Press





Coexisting with Large Carnivores, edited by Susan G. Clark, Murray B. Rutherford,and Denise Casey (Island Press, 2005)

Coexisting with Large Carnivores presents a close-up look at the socio-political context of large carnivores and their management in western Wyoming south of Yellowstone National Park, including the southern part of what is commonly recognized as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The book brings together researchers and others who have studied and worked in the region to help untangle some of the highly charged issues associated with large carnivores, their interactions with humans, and the politics that arise from those interactions.”–Amazon.com






 Large-Scale Conservation in the Common Interest, edited by Susan G. Clark, Aaron M. Hohl, Catherine H. PIcard, and Elizabeth Thomas (Springer Press, 2014)

“Many people working toward sustainability recognize the important role of conservation but are inadequately prepared to deal with the large spatial, temporal and complexity scales that are involved in large-scale conservation efforts. Problems in large-scale conservation require navigating an intermixture of geophysical, biological and political dimensions. Coming to grips with these many natural and human forces and factors at large scales, much less the myriad details in any single case, is challenging in the extreme and becomes more critical with each day that passes. Large-scale conservation poses many complex challenges that single disciplines, approaches or methods cannot fully address alone. Interdisciplinarity can significantly strengthen large-scale conservation efforts. Throughout Large-Scale Conservation in the Common Interest the editors and authors argue that a more holistic and genuinely interdisciplinary approach is required to solve the complex and growing challenges associated with large-scale conservation.”— Amazon.com




yellowstone future clarkEnsuring Greater Yellowstone’s Future by Susan G. Clark (Yale University Press, 2008)

“Focusing on The Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee, a federal group of heads of national parks, national forests, and national wildlife refuges, Clark identifies fundamental leadership tasks needed, explains what changes in skill will be required, and makes many practical recommendations for every leader, citizen, and group involved with large-scale conservation anywhere worldwide.”–Yale University Press





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Averting Extinction, by Susan G. Clark (Yale University Press, 2005)

“The black-footed ferret, once thought extinct, was rediscovered in Wyoming in 1981. In this book, Susan Clark tells the story of subsequent efforts to save the black-footed ferret, showing how it points up the necessity of finding new ways to conserve and restore species. According to Clark, the problems facing conservation are not fundamentally biological but stem from human systems – policy decisions, organizational priorities, and professional rivalries. The focus in conservation, she says, must shift from science to practical problem solving. Clark first describes and analyzes efforts to restore the black-footed ferret after 1981 and looks at the processes, people, institutions, and programs that were involved in that endeavour. Finding that the ferret case illustrates many things that go wrong in the implementation of complex environmental policy, Clark then proposes approaches to endangered species recovery. She gives guidelines for improving decision-making and development of policies; for devising organizational strategies and structures that will raise standards for performance and better meet society’s needs. This policy-oriented approach, she contends, will open up new avenues, methods, and hope for species recovery.” –Amazon.com