Rocky Mountain Futures: An Ecological Perspective / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$36.80
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $11.94
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 70%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (5) from $11.94   
  • New (3) from $38.08   
  • Used (2) from $11.94   

Overview

The Rocky Mountain West is largely arid and steep, with ecological scars from past human use visible for hundreds of years. Just how damaging were the past 150 years of activity? How do current rates of disturbance compare with past mining, grazing, and water diversion activities? In the face of constant change, what constitutes a "natural" ecosystem? And can a high quality of life be achieved for both human and natural communities in this region.

Rocky Mountain Futures presents a comprehensive and wide-ranging examination of the ecological consequences of past, current, and future human activities in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States and Canada. The book brings together 32 leading ecologists, geographers, and other scientists and researchers to present an objective assessment of the cumulative effects of human activity on the region's ecological health and to consider changes wrought by past human use. This combined view of past and present reveals where Rocky Mountain ecosystems are heading, and the authors project what the future holds based upon current economic and social trends and the patterns that emerge from them. The book:•examines the biogeographic and paleoenvironmental setting and historical climate that have shaped Rocky Mountain ecosystems•traces the direct human influences on landscapes and ecosystems over the past 150 years•explores the cumulative effects of past, present, and projected future human activities on tundra, subalpine and montane forests, valleys, grasslands, and waters•offers case studies that illustrate specific examples of human influence and current efforts to restore the environment Case studies focus on northern New Mexico; Summit County, Colorado; Flathead Valley, Montana; and Alberta, Canada. Among the contributors are Craig D. Allen, N. Thompson Hobbs, Linda L. Joyce, Robert E. Keane, David Schindler, Timothy R. Seastedt, David Theobald, Diana Tomback, William Travis, Cathy Whitlock, and Jack Stanford.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2002 as the International Year of Mountains to increase international awareness of the global importance of mountain ecosystems. The case-based multidisciplinary approach of this book constitutes an important new model for understanding the implications of land-use practices and economic activity on mountains, and will serve a vital role in improving decisionmaking both in the Rocky Mountains and in other parts of the world that face similar challenges.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Ecologists, geographers, and other scientists and researchers assess the cumulative effects of human activity on the Rocky Mountain region's ecological health, consider changes wrought by past human use, and project what the future holds based on current economic and social trends. They describe the region's biogeography, paleoenvironmental setting, and historical climate, then trace the region's history of use from an ecological perspective. Case studies illustrate specific examples of human influence in the US and Canada. Baron is an ecosystem ecologist with the US Geological Survey. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559639545
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill S. Baron is ecosystem ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Paul R. Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies and Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. The author of Human Natures, The Population Bomb, and many other books, as well as hundreds of papers, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of numerous international honors, including the Crafoord Prize, an explicit substitute for the Nobel Prize in fields of science where the latter is not given.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Plates
List of Tables
List of Boxes
Foreword \ Paul R. Ehrlich
Preface
 
Chapter 1. Transforming the Rockies: Human Forces, Settlement Patterns, and Ecosystem Effects

 
PART I. The Background of Environmental Change
Chapter 2. Geomorphic and Biogeographic Setting of the Rocky Mountains
Chapter 3. Paleoenvironmental History of the Rocky Mountain Region during the Past 20,000 Years
Chapter 4. Climates of the Rocky Mountains: Historical and Future Patterns
 
PART II. Human-Driven Changes to Rocky Mountain Landscapes
Chapter 5. Natural Resource Extraction: Past, Present, and Future
Chapter 6. Ecological Effects of Resource Development in Running Waters
Chapter 7. The Cascading Effects of Fire Exclusion in Rocky Mountain Ecosystems
Chapter 8. Rocky Road in the Rockies: Challenges to Biodiversity 
 
PART III. Synthesis of Human Influences on Different Ecological Zones
Chapter 9. Islands in the Sky: Alpine and Treeline Ecosystems of the Rockies
Chapter 10.The Heart of the Rockies: Montane and Subalpine Ecosystems
Chapter 11. Base Camps of the Rockies: The Intermountain Grasslands
 
PART IV. Case Studies
Chapter 12.Rumblings in Rio Arriba: Landscape Changes in the Southern Rocky Mountains of Northern New Mexico
Chapter 13.Collaborative Development of a Conservation Planning System: A Case Study of Summit County, Colorado
Chapter 14. Natural and Cultural Influences on Ecosystem Processes in the Flathead River Basin (Montana and British Columbia)
Chapter 15.The Eastern Slopes of the Canadian Rockies: Must We Follow the American Blueprint?
 
Conclusion: Rocky Mountain Futures: Forecasting a Future We Do Not Want
 
About the Authors
Index
 

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)