Forgotten Grasslands of the South: Natural History and Conservation

Forgotten Grasslands of the South Natural History and Conservation Forgotten Grasslands of the South is a literary and scientific case study of some of the biologically richest and most endangered ecosystems in North America Eminent ecologist Reed Noss tells the stor

  • Title: Forgotten Grasslands of the South: Natural History and Conservation
  • Author: Reed F. Noss
  • ISBN: 9781597264884
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Forgotten Grasslands of the South is a literary and scientific case study of some of the biologically richest and most endangered ecosystems in North America Eminent ecologist Reed Noss tells the story of how southern grasslands arose and persisted over time and addresses questions that are fundamental for conserving these vital yet poorly understood ecosystems.The authorForgotten Grasslands of the South is a literary and scientific case study of some of the biologically richest and most endangered ecosystems in North America Eminent ecologist Reed Noss tells the story of how southern grasslands arose and persisted over time and addresses questions that are fundamental for conserving these vital yet poorly understood ecosystems.The author examines the natural history of southern grasslands their origin and history geologic, vegetation, and human biological hotspots and endangered ecosystems physical determinants of grassland distribution, including ecology, soils, landform, and hydrology fire, herbivores, and ecological interactions.The final chapter presents a general conservation strategy for southern grasslands, including prioritization, protection, restoration, and management Also included are examples of ongoing restoration projects, along with a prognosis for the future.In addition to offering fascinating new information about these little studied ecosystems, Noss demonstrates how natural history is central to the practice of conservation Natural history has been on a declining trajectory for decades, as theory and experimentation have dominated the field of ecology Ecologists are coming to realize that these divergent approaches are in fact complementary, and that pursuing them together can bring greater knowledge and understanding of how the natural world works and how we can best conserve it.Forgotten Grasslands of the South explores the overarching importance of ecological processes in maintaining healthy ecosystems, and is the first book of its kind to apply natural history, in a modern, comprehensive sense, to the conservation of biodiversity across a broad region It sets a new standard for scientific literature and is essential reading not only for those who study and work to conserve the grasslands of the South but also for everyone who is fascinated by the natural world.

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    1. The first thought you might have upon seeing this title is understandable; WHAT grasslands? The south is the land of woodlands and swamps, mountains, the deep forests of the Appalachians, and of course farmland and cities. But grasslands? You mean like the African savanna or the Great Plains? What are you talking about? If you think about it for a minute, you might remember something from school about how Native Americans and early settlers burned woods from time to time, opening up the forest a [...]

    2. Fascinating book describing how much the landscape of the southeastern US has changed over the past century or two, to the point that most people who live there have little inkling of the degree to which even undeveloped "natural" areas have been altered by human impacts. Noss explores the remnants of these grasslands where he finds them and describes the ecological factors that formed and maintained them over centuries and millenia. He gives descriptions of dozens of different types of grasslan [...]

    3. A perfect fit with all my recent study of longleaf pine habitat - the grasslands are the amazingly diverse community carpeting the pineywoods. And, yay, new destinations to explore: hopeful restoration projects in TN, AR, SC, Fl. Final bonus is a foreward by EO Wilson - I'd walk a million miles to read a few words from EO.

    4. Reed is a fellow ex-pat Buckeye. He is a tireless and insightful interpreter of the dynamic landscapes, especially of the south. A very useful and thought-provoking book for both details and the big picture. Suitable as a specialty textbook for Ecological Restoration principles.

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