The Spine of the Continent: The Most Ambitious Wildlife Conservation Project Ever Undertaken

The Spine of the Continent: The Most Ambitious Wildlife Conservation Project Ever Undertaken

by Mary Ellen Hannibal


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As climate change encroaches, natural habitats are shifting while human development makes islands of even the largest nature reserves, stranding the biodiversity within them. The Spine of the Continent profiles the most ambitious conservation effort ever made: to create linked protected areas from the Yukon to Mexico. Backed by blue-ribbon scientific foundations, the Spine is a grassroots, cooperative effort among NG's large and small and everyday citizens. It aims not only to make physical connections so nature will persist but also to make connections between people and the land. In this fascinating and important account, Mary Ellen Hannibal travels the length of the Spine and shares stories of the impassioned activists she meets and the critters they love.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762786787
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 639,129
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mary Ellen Hannibal’s most recent book is Evidence of Evolution.  She has written for many publications, including The San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, and Elle magazines, and extensively for environmental nonprofits.  She is a 2011 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow.

Table of Contents

Maps vi

Introduction xiii

Part I America's Next Best Idea

Chapter 1 Bear with Me 3

Chapter 2 They Paved Paradise 19

Chapter 3 Reptile Brain 30

Chapter 4 The Disappearance 41

Chapter 5 A Science of Love and Death 52

Chapter 6 The Real Work 61

Chapter 7 Triple Crown 72

Part II Cores, Carnivores, and Corridors on the Spine

Chapter 8 Leave It to Beaver 91

Chapter 9 Holy Cow 118

Chapter 10 Not Hunting 136

Chapter 11 Take It from the Top 149

Chapter 12 Wolf Sign 162

Chapter 13 Borderline 175

Chapter 14 There Ought to Be a Law 195

Part III Congratulations, You've Won Climate Change

Chapter 15 Picka Pika 213

Chapter 16 Eyes in the Sky 232

Chapter 17 Welcome Home 238

Endnotes 249

Bibliography 257

Index 264

Acknowledgments 271

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