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Thoughts from a Virginia Cabin


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by Robert H. Giles, Jr., Ph.D.

with a special contribution on Yellowjackets in the Forest

by Kenneth Stein, PhD, Conservation Management Institute, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

Peculiar Manor

A CD of natural resource essays Peculiar Manor, by Bob Giles is now available. The CD is compatible with standard E-book Readers. It is not compatible with the non-standard Microsoft Reader. To order a copy, send a check for $19.95 to
Shepherd Media Engineering
111 Pheasant Lane
Summerville, South Carolina 20485

For this initial offer, the price includes postage and handling fees. South Carolina residents should include 3% Sales Tax.

Blacksburg, Virginia, 1995 (with minor revisions in 1999 and 2000)

These units are free to you to download and read. It was written by the author for you. Rights to publish it or distribute it in other forms may be purchased cheaply.

The chapters have been edited and graphics added and improved and are now available with many dated units of The Trevey on a CD, an e-book. I am grateful for the work of Mr. Hayward Shepherd. The CD is compatible with standard E-book Readers. It is not compatible with the non-standard Microsoft Reader. To order a pre-release copy, send a check for $19.95 to
Shepherd Media Engineering
111 Pheasant Lane
Summerville, South Carolina 20485

For this initial offer, the price includes postage and handling fees. South Carolina residents should include 3% Sales Tax.

Peculiar Manor is a log cabin in a Virginia mountain forest (near Salem, Virginia) next to a 7000-acre state wildlife area. Peculiar Manor is also a book about the author's philosophy, experience. It is based on his very diverse, 40-year career in forestry, wildlife conservation, and environmental management. This book is a walk in the woods with an experienced wildland manager. It is also provides reflections during his long evenings by the fireside on conditions that now affect the great outdoors and its management. He suggests what must be done.

This book supports the distance-learning courses titled Essentials of Wildlife Resource Management and Gamma Theory- Modern Wildlife Resource Management.

This is also a book for some back-yard bird watchers, environmentalists, and nature lovers as well as the basis for potentially exciting discussions in graduate seminars in natural resource management. (Throughout the text there are links to other materials within the author's website, www.RuralSystem.com.)

Table of Contents

        Preface

  1. One Pathway
  2. A Walk Through the Woods
  3. The Havens Project
  4. By the Fire
  5. A Systems Approach
  6. Rasking
  7. Special Wildlife Places
  8. New Wildlife Into an Area
  9. Why Ring Birds
  10. Yellowjackets in the Forest - by Ken Stein, Ph.D., Conservation Management Institute
  11. Deer
  12. Therapeutic Environments
  13. Sustainability
  14. The Geodesic Corporation and Setterain
  15. Beyond Dynaplan
  16. Wildlife Management: Escaping the Force Field of Biology
  17. Widlife Management in the University
  18. On Knowing
  19. Knowledge Base
  20. Natural Heuristics
  21. Viewing Posts: The Arguement for a Foreign Language Requirement
  22. Silvan Hedonists
  23. Now Old
        Appendix - Outline of the Once-Proposed Havens Area Project
        Appendix - References

This is a free book. You are encouraged to read and study it (and perhaps download all or any part of it) for your personal use and for the good of people dependent upon the wildland resources of the world. You are encouraged to link to the book as a study resource and reference in classes. I'll appreciate credits or comments from you or the users. If you decide to print it or distribute it in any way for your personal or corporate profits, I'll need to share in those.


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Last revision September 22, 2000.