Great Plains Studies, Center for



Date of this Version

February 1993


Published in Great Plains Research 3:1 (February 1993), pp. 145-147. Copyright © 1993 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Used by permission.


The Nebraska Chapter of The Wildlife Society (NCTWS) held its 1992 Annual Meeting and Technical Sessions on September 30 - October 2, 1992 at the 4-H Camp near Halsey, Nebraska. The goal was to provide a forum for professionals involved with wildlife in Nebraska to discuss new advances and recent ideas in management programs, public education, research, and technology.

This year's introductory session focused on Conservation Biology. NCTWS President Jon D. Kauffeld introduced keynote speaker Richard L. Knight of Colorado State University, who delivered an address entitled "What's So New About Conservation Biology?" The threat of losing biological diversity has been the stimulus for the rise of this new discipline. He identified differences between wildlife biology and conservation biology and concluded with an interesting observation by Aldo Leopold on a similar situation that occurred a half-century earlier. Alan A. Steuter of the Nature Conservancy followed with a historical perspective on biological diversity in the Great Plains and a discussion on the role of humans in ecological processes.