Publisher: Island Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 816 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 23 mm
Edition: 2nd ed.
--Janisse Ray "Author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood "
"Reed Noss provides readers with a thought-provoking account of his journeys of discovery and inquiry through the little-known, rapidly vanishing grasslands of the American South. He draws on his tremendous experience in global conservation to reflect on the challenges of preserving these marvelous and beautiful places, but does so in a way that transcends geography and makes them a case study in the challenge of preserving nature worldwide."
--Robert K. Peet "Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "
"Using a combination of personal narrative, ecological science, and old-fashioned natural history, Reed Noss brings the southern grasslands to life in this eloquent and passionate defense of one of the world's most endangered ecosystems. Noss argues persuasively that humans will only protect the nature we know, and this authoritative book goes a long way toward introducing readers to this biologically rich, once abundant and now rare natural community."
--Mark V. Barrow, author of "Nature's Ghosts"
"What do passenger pigeons have to do with canebreaks, or red pandas in Tennessee with the history of North America? Let this distinguished elder of conservation biology kindle your interest in the history, natural history, and conservation of this unexpectedly diverse, dynamic, and improbable set of habitats: the grasslands of the American South. No reader will ever forget, or underestimate, these grasslands again."
--Don Waller "John T. Curtis Professor of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison "
"Noss's new book [is]... in many ways his magnum opus... will prove to be an instant classic on several levels. As a piece of natural history writing it is unparalleled in its depth and scope... a rich brew of the most important theories in ecology, plant ecology, conservation biology, biogeography and related sciences... I learned so much on every page..."
--Eric Dinerstein "Vice President and Lead Scientist, Conservation Science Program "
"Noss has spent years exploring and studying these grasslands and is aptly qualifi ed to serve as a clearvoiced ambassador of these critically threatened habitats. While giving hope, he outlines a way to move forward by persuasively arguing that humans will only protect that which we are familiar with and endeared to."
"Forgotten Grasslands of the South is remarkable in both solid science and solid conservation. The reader comes away with an appreciation and understanding of the history, natural history, and complex ecological interactions of the southern grasslands that inspire dedication to their protection and conservation. This volume is a must-read for those involved in managing, conserving, or who just have an interest in southern ecosystems. Destined to become a classic, the book provides better insight into the development and status of southern ecosystems than anything I have ever read."
--Native Plants Journal
"In the end, Forgotten Grasslands of the South re-inspired in me a sense of awe and wonder at the almost inconceivable diversity and irreplaceable endemism of natural communities within the region. I leave with renewed excitement that previously unknown species, even new communities, shaped by millennia of natural processes and narrowly escaping our nearly complete alteration of the landscape, remain to be discovered and appreciated, maybe in our own back yards."
"Noss's mission is to promote an appreciation for, and understanding of, these neglected [grasslands]."
--Frontiers of Biogeography
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