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Grass: In Search of Human Habitat
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Grass: In Search of Human Habitat

by Joe C. Truett, Henry W. Greene (Foreword by)
 

Part autobiography, part philosophical rumination, this evocative conservation odyssey explores the deep affinities between humans and our original habitat: grasslands. In a richly drawn, anecdotally driven narrative, Joe C. Truett, a grasslands ecologist who writes with a flair for language, traces the evolutionary, historical, and cultural forces that have

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Part autobiography, part philosophical rumination, this evocative conservation odyssey explores the deep affinities between humans and our original habitat: grasslands. In a richly drawn, anecdotally driven narrative, Joe C. Truett, a grasslands ecologist who writes with a flair for language, traces the evolutionary, historical, and cultural forces that have reshaped North American rangelands over the past two centuries. He introduces an intriguing cast of characters—wildlife and grasslands biologists, archaeologists, ranchers, and petroleum geologists—to illuminate a wide range of related topics: our love affair with turf and how it manifests in lawns and sports, the ecological and economic dimensions of ranching, the glory of cowboy culture, grasslands and restoration ecology, and more. His book ultimately provides the background against which we can envision a new paradigm for restoring rangeland ecosystems—and a new paradigm for envisioning a more sustainable future.

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From the Publisher
"Recommended."--Choice

"Can be read with ease and interest."--Environment And Ecology

"Impassioned, informative, and entertaining."--Conservation Magazine

"Nonjudgmental, questioning, provocative, and written with an appreciation of human's increasing dominance of our finite home planet."--Qtly Review of Biology

Choice

“Recommended.”
Environment And Ecology

“Can be read with ease and interest.”
Conservation Magazine

“Impassioned, informative, and entertaining.”
Qtly Review Of Biology

“Nonjudgmental, questioning, provocative, and written with an appreciation of human’s increasing dominance of our finite home planet.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520258396
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Series:
Organisms and Environments Series
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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From the Publisher
"Recommended."—Choice

"Can be read with ease and interest."—Environment And Ecology

"Impassioned, informative, and entertaining."—Conservation Magazine

"Nonjudgmental, questioning, provocative, and written with an appreciation of human's increasing dominance of our finite home planet."—Quarterly Review of Biology

Meet the Author


Joe C. Truett is senior biologist with the Turner Endangered Species Fund. He is the author of Land of Bears and Honey: A Natural History of East Texas and Circling Back: Chronicle of a Texas River Valley, and coeditor of The Natural History of an Arctic Oil Field: Development and the Biota. He lives in New Mexico.

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