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The Rain Forests of Home: Profile of a North American Bioregion

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Publisher Comments:

Stretching from the redwoods of California to the vast stands of spruce and hemlock in southeast Alaska, coastal temperate rain forests have been for thousands of years home to one of the highest densities of human settlements on the continent. Given its mild climate, magnificent scenery, and abundant natural resources, the region should continue to support robust economies and vibrant communities for many years to come. However, the well-being of this region is increasingly threatened by diminishing natural capital, declining employment in traditional resource-based industries, and outward migration of young people to cities.

The Rain Forests of Home brings together a diverse array of thinkers-conservationists, community organizers, botanists, anthropologists, zoologists, Native Americans, ecologists, and others-to present a multilayered, multidimensional portrait of the coastal temperate rain forest and its people. Joining natural and social science perspectives, the book provides readers with a valuable understanding of the region's natural and human history, along with a vision of its future and strategies for realizing that vision.

Authors describe the physical setting and examine the geographic and evolutionary forces that have shaped the region since the last glacial period, with individual chapters covering oceanography, climate, geologic processes, vegetation, fauna, streams and rivers, and terrestrial/marine interactions. Three chapters cover the history of human habitation, including an examination of what is known about pre-European settlement, a consideration of the traditions of local and indigenous knowledge, and a description of the environmental and cultural upheaval brought by European explorers and settlers. The book concludes with an exploration of recent economic and cultural trends, regional and local public policy, information gathering, and the need for integrating local knowledge into decision making.

Interspersed among the chapters are compelling profiles of community-level initiatives and programs aimed at restoring damaged ecosystems, promoting sustainable use of resources, and fostering community-based economic development. The case studies describe what coastal residents are doing to combine environmental conservation with socioeconomic development, and document some of the most innovative experiments in sustainable development now underway in North America.

The Rain Forests of Home offers for the first time a unified description of the characteristics, history, culture, economy, and ecology of the coastal temperate rain forest. It is essential reading for anyone who lives in or cares about the region.

Book News Annotation:

Contributors including conservationists, botanists, anthropologists, zoologists, Native Americans, and ecologists present a portrait of the North American coastal temperate rain forest and its people. They describe geographic and evolutionary forces that have shaped the region, with individual chapters on aspects such as climate and geological processes, detail the history of human habitation, and explore recent economic and cultural trends and public policy. Interspersed among chapters are 24 profiles of community programs aimed at restoring damaged ecosystems and promoting sustainable use. Includes color maps and b&w diagrams. For students, general readers, and specialists. Based on an August 1994 conference.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The Rain Forests of Home brings together a diverse array of thinkers - conservationists, community organizers, botanists, anthropologists, zoologists, Native Americans, ecologists, and others - to present a multilayered, multidimensional portrait of the coastal temperate rain forest and its people. Joining natural and social science perspectives, the book provides readers with a valuable understanding of the region's natural and human history, along with a vision of its future and strategies for realising that vision. The Rain Forests of Home offers for the first time a unified description of the characteristics, history, culture, economy, and ecology of the coastal temperate rain forest. It is essential reading for anyone who lives in or cares about the region.

About the Author

Peter K. Schoonmaker is the founder and president of the Institute for the Northwest in Portland, Oregon.

Bettina von Hagen is vice president of Ecotrust and managing director of its Natural Capital Fund.

Edward C. Wolf is Ecotrust's director of communications. Based in Portland, Oregon, and headquartered in the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, Ecotrust is a recognized leader in efforts to build a conservation economy along the West Coast of North America.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559634809
Editor:
Schoonmaker, Peter K.
Editor:
Wolf, Edward C.
Editor:
Schoonmaker, Peter K.
Editor:
Wolf, Edward C.
Editor:
Von Hagen, Bettina
Editor:
Schoonmaker, Peter; Von Hagen, Bettina; Wolf, Edward C.
Author:
Bettina von Hagen
Author:
Marchak, Patricia
Author:
Von Hagen, Bettina
Author:
Schoonmaker, Peter K.
Author:
Wolf, Edward C.
Author:
Franklin, Jerry F.
Author:
Schoonmaker, Peter
Editor:
Von Hagen, Bettina
Publisher:
Island Press
Location:
Washington, D.C. :
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
North America
Subject:
Forests & Forestry
Subject:
Rain forests
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Rain forest ecology
Subject:
Rain forests -- Northwest Coast of North America -- Congresses.
Subject:
Agriculture - Forestry
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Forest Ecology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
TEC003040
Subject:
Rain forests - Nort
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
16-17
Publication Date:
19970131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
447
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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"Synopsis" by , The Rain Forests of Home brings together a diverse array of thinkers - conservationists, community organizers, botanists, anthropologists, zoologists, Native Americans, ecologists, and others - to present a multilayered, multidimensional portrait of the coastal temperate rain forest and its people. Joining natural and social science perspectives, the book provides readers with a valuable understanding of the region's natural and human history, along with a vision of its future and strategies for realising that vision. The Rain Forests of Home offers for the first time a unified description of the characteristics, history, culture, economy, and ecology of the coastal temperate rain forest. It is essential reading for anyone who lives in or cares about the region.
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