Conservation in Highly Fragmented Landscapes

Conservation in Highly Fragmented Landscapes

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This book highlights the difficulties in making practical decisions regarding conservation when the habitat has been highly fragmented. It takes as its test case the chronically fragmented landscape of the Illinois forest-prairie border. The book's three major sections define the context for the case study, describe general problems using specific examples, and show how these problems have resulted in specific conservation activities. The entire book, especially the third part, uses Illinois as its case study, since Illinois was settled heavily and early and had lost most of its natural habitats before the conservation movement had begun. This book should be of interest to anyone working in areas where development has been extensive and where, consequently, pristine habitats have vanished.
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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 616.88g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0412070316
  • 9780412070310

Table of contents

Part I. The Context: The Chronically Fragmented Midwest Forest Communities of the Midwestern United States, J.E. Ebinger; Savanna and Open-Woodland Communities, J.B. Taft; The Tallgrass Prairie Mosaic, K.R. Robertson, R.C. Anderson and M.W. Schwartz; Wetlands in the Midwest with Special Reference to Illinois, S.P. Havera and L.B. Suloway. Part II. Special Problems and Case Studies. Conservation in the Context of Non-Indigenous Species, J.O. Luken; Native Pests: the Impact of Deer in Highly Fragmented Habitats, R.C. Anderson; Mammals the Midwest: Ecological and Conservation Issues for Human-Dominated Landscapes, P.C. Mankin and R.E. Warner; Effectiveness of Small Nature Preserves for Breeding Birds, S.K. Robinson, J.D. Brawn and J.K. Hoover; Impacts of Fragmentation on Midwestern Aquatic Organisms, L.M. Page, M. Pyron, and K.S. Cummings; Midwestern Fire Management: Prescribing a Natural Process in an Unnatural Landscape, M.W. Schwartz and S. Hermann; Community Succession, Diversity and Disturbance in the Central Hardwood Forest, J.S. Fralish; The Biogeography of and Habitat Loss on Hill Prairies, M.W. Schwartz, K.R. Robertson, B.K. Dunphy, J.W. Olson, A.M. Trame; Fragmentation and the Role of Seed Banks in Promoting Persistence in Isolated Populations of Collinsia verna, S. Kalisz, L. Horth, and M. A. McPeek; Effects of Livestock Grazing on Forest Habitats, A. Dennis. Part III. Conservation Strategies in Action. Terrestial Nature Reserve Design at the Urban/Rural Interface, C.L. Shafer; The Value of Small Preserves, Natural Areas and the Conservation of Endangered and Threatened Species in Illinois, J.R. Herkert; An Aid to Conservation Strategy in Illinois: the Critical Trends Assessment Project, T. Heavisides and B. Lieberman; The History of Natural Areas Programs in Wisconsin, F. Stearns and P. Matthiae.
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