An Ecologoical Perspective
edited by Jill S. Baron
Island Press, 2002
|The views of thirty-two ecologists, geographers, scientists and researchers on the cumulative effects of human activity on the Rocky Mountain region's ecological health are presented in this combined assessment of where ecosystems are heading and what the future holds based upon current economic and social trends.|
|Case studies are presented here for ecosystems in northern New Mexico; Summit County, Colorado; Flathead Valley, Montana; and Alberta, Canada. They examine the effects of agriculture on watersheds, exurban development on wildlife habitat, and human influences on aquatic ecosystems.|
|"The impetus for this book came from the realization that changes to Rocky Mountain ecosystems are caused by a complex mixture of natural variability and direct human actions in addition to indirect human activity, such as greenhouse gas-caused global warming and long-range air pollution transport," editor Jill Baron explains. "There is not an overall understanding of, let alone a consensus about, threats to the ecological integrity of the Rocky Mountain region."||"It
is time to stop quarreling between industries and environmental groups
over the few remaining pieces of pristine habitat, for they are too small
to support sustainable populations of large wildlife. Instead, we should
be developing new plans to restore some of the habitat already compromised..."
David W. Schindler
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Jill S. Baron, Ph.D., Research Ecologist, United States Geological Survey.