Rocky Mountain Futures

Rocky Mountain Futures

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The Rocky Mountain West is largely arid and steep, with ecological scars from human use visible for hundreds of years. Just how damaging were the past 150 years of activity? How do current rates of disturbance compare with past mining, grazing, and water diversion activities? In the face of constant change, what constitutes a qnaturalq ecosystem? And can a high quality of life be achieved for both human and natural communities in this region? Rocky Mountain Futures presents a comprehensive and wide-ranging examination of the ecological consequences of past, current, and future human activities in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States and Canada. The book brings together 32 leading scientists and researchers to present an objective assessment of the effects of human activity on the region's ecological health and to consider changes wrought by human use. This combined view of past and present reveals where Rocky Mountain ecosystems are heading, and the authors project what the future holds based upon current economic and social trends and the patterns that emerge from them. The book: a€cexamines the biogeographic and paleoenvironmental setting and historical climate that have shaped Rocky Mountain ecosystems a€ctraces the direct human influences on landscapes and ecosystems over the past 150 years a€cexplores the effects of past, present, and projected future human activities on tundra, subalpine and montane forests, valleys, grasslands, and waters a€coffers case studies that illustrate specific examples of human influence and current efforts to restore the environment The case-based multidisciplinary approach of this book constitutes an important new model for understanding the implications of land-use practices and economic activity on mountains, and will serve a vital role in improving decisionmaking both in the Rocky Mountains and in other parts of the world.Tanaka, J. A. 2001. Rangelands and sustainability. Trail Boss News, November 2001, 1a€“2. Taylor, L. N., J. C. McGeer, C. M. Wood, and D. G. McDonald. 2000. Physiological effects of chronic copper exposure to rainbow trout ( Onchorhynchusanbsp;...

Title:Rocky Mountain Futures
Author:Jill Baron
Publisher:Island Press - 2002-09-01


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