Synopses & Reviews
Lauded in the New York Times science section as "a sweeping analysis of the ecosystems of the United States and Canada," this volume represents an unparalleled source of information and data for scientists and conservationists working in North America. Using a rigorous ecoregion-based approach, rather than the more common state-by-state analysis, a team of scientists from World Wildlife Fund has produced a stunning and comprehensive assessment of the current status of biodiversity in North America north of Mexico.
Terrestrial Ecoregions of North America begins with six chapters that present the rationale for the ecoregion approach, describe the biological distinctiveness of North American ecoregions, assess the level of threats facing each, present a conservation agenda for the next decade, and set forth recommendations for preserving and restoring biodiversity. In addition, nineteen essays by leading scientists address specific topics such as the effect of cattle on riparian areas, and the problem of invasive exotic plant species. Following the main text are substantial appendixes that describe each ecoregion in detail, including information on:
- unique features of the ecoregion that set it apart from the others
- its biological distinctiveness, threats to habitats and wildlife, and important sites for conservation
- activities that enhance biodiversity conservation in the ecoregion
- conservation partners working in the ecoregion, including addresses and other contact information
- the relationship of the ecoregion to other classification schemes
- literature cited for that ecoregion
One of the most useful and unique features of the book is the series of thirty full-color maps that present essential information about the ecoregions and the biodiversity they contain in a compelling and easily understood graphical format.
The ecoregion-based approach has been adopted by many conservation groups as the most effective way to ward off massive losses of biodiversity, and this volume provides a road map to that important new strategy. With a significant number of previously unpublished data sets and new analytic approaches, Terrestrial Ecoregions of North America is both a guidebook for describing the biological wealth of the continent and a handbook for restoring and conserving it. It will be an essential reference for anyone concerned with biodiversity conservation in North America.
Using a rigorous ecoregion-based approach, rather than the more common state-by-state analysis, a team of scientists from World Wildlife Fund has produced a comprehensive assessment of the current status of biodiversity in North America north of Mexico. The book presents the rationale for the ecoregion approach, describes the biological distinctiveness of North American ecoregions, assesses the level of threats facing each, presents a conservation agenda for the next decade, and sets forth recommendations for preserving and restoring biodiversity.
A comprehensive assessment of biodiversity in the US and Canada. The authors, scientists with the World Wildlife Fund, use a rigorous ecoregion approach, rather than the less relevant state-by-state approach. Six chapters present the rationale for the approach, defining the ecoregions and analyzing the threats to each. From this the authors develop a conservation agenda and set out recommendations for preserving and restoring biodiversity to the continent. Thirteen colour maps provide essential information about each ecoregion and its biodiversity.
Terrestrial Ecoregions of North America is both a guidebook for describing the biological wealth of the continent and a handbook for restoring and conserving it. It will be an essential reference for anyone concerned with biodiversity conservation in North America.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 441-463) and index.
About the Author
The authors are all affiliated with the Conservation Science Program of World Wildlife Fund. The World Wildlife Fund is the largest privately supported international conservation organization in the world with more than one million members in the U.S. alone.
Taylor H. Ricketts
David M. Olson
Colby J. Loucks
Patrick T. Hurley
Karen M. Carney
Alan G. Appleby
James F. Bergan
R. Glenn Ford
Fred E. Smeins
Wesley W. Wettengel
This volume is the first in a series. This series also includes Freshwater Ecoregions of North America, 2000, and Terrestrial Ecoregions of the Indo-Pacific, 2001, and The Ecoregions Series which includes all 3 volumes at the discounted price of $185.00.
Taylor H. Ricketts is affiliated with the Conservation Science Program of World Wildlife Fund.
Eric Dinerstein is Chief Scientist and Vice-President for Science at the World Wildlife Fund-US. He has participated in or overseen conservation research around the world, he is one of the editors of WWF's Ecosystem Assessment series, and he is the author of a monograph on rhinos: Return of the Unicorns: The Natural History and Conservation of the Greater-One Horned Rhinoceros (Columbia University Press).
Table of Contents
A conservation assessment of the terrestrial ecoregions of Mexico: a status report / D. M. Olson -- Habitat loss in North America fuels species extinctions / D. M. Olson -- Do freshwater ecoregion boundaries correlate with terrestrial? / R. Abell -- Defining marine ecoregions of the Pacific Continental United States / R. G. Ford -- Caribou migrations and calving grounds: globally outstanding ecological phenomena / A.. Gunn -- Reconnecting grizzly bear populations in fragmented landscapes / S. Primm, E. Underwood -- Multiscale analysis of endemism of vascular plant species / J. Kartesz and A. Farstad -- Ecosystem and species diversity beneath our feet / D. Culver -- Keeping the cows off: conserving riparian areas in the American West / T. L. Fleischner -- Saving migratory songbirds / S. Robinson -- The most threatened birds of continental North America / S. Robinson -- Fire exclusion in the eastern ecoregions of the United States and Canada / A. Weakley -- Exotic vascular plant species: where do they occur? / J. Kartesz -- Conservation threats moving northward into Canada / K. Kavanagh, A. Hackman -- Conservation assessments: a synthesis / R. F. Noss -- Globally outstanding biodiversity in our own backyard / E. Dinerstein, D. M. Olson -- Getting ahead of the cutting cycles: what happens when the trees grow back? / G. Orians -- Diverse forest ecoregions of North America: their protected status and importance in forest certification / D. DellaSala -- The conservation potential of military bases and related installations / S. Gatewood, R. Mondt.