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About this book
About this book
Summary and analysis of the status of biodiversity in the United States, based on information collected by the Nature Conservancy.
Foreword; Preface; Contributors; Participating Institutions; Acknowledgements; 1. Biodiversity: Our Precious Heritage; 2. Discovering Life in America: Tools and Techniques of Biodiversity Inventory; 3. A Remarkable Array: Species Diversity in the United States; 4. Conservation Status of U.S. Species; 5. State of the States: Geographic Patterns of Diversity, Rarity, and Endemism; 6. The Geography of Imperilment: Targeting Conservation towards Critical Biodiversity Areas; 7. More than the Sum of the Parts: Diversity and Status of Ecological Systems; 8. Leading Threats to U.S. Biodiversity: What's Threatening Imperiled Species; 9. Strategies for Biodiversity Protection; 10. Owning Up to Our Responsibilities: Who Owns Lands Important for Biodiversity?; 11. Safeguarding Our Precious Heritage; Appendix A: Extinct and missing species of the United States; Appendix B: State Diversity, Endemism, and Rarity; Appendix C: Kuchler Potential Natural Vegetation Types; Appendix D: Principal Sources for the Natural Heritage Central Databases; Literature Cited
399 pages, 230 col photos, 109 illus
"[This] is a skillfully written and visually appealing book that calls on the American people to fully appreciate the rich, but threatened, biodiversity of the United States. Under the joint direction of The Nature Conservancy and the Association for Biodiversity Information, the twenty-six contributors to Precious Heritage survey and describe America's biodiversity and discuss the serious stresses this rich heritage is undergoing. After many chapters dedicated to this thorough exposition, Precious Heritage culminates its American journey by offering concrete suggestions for safeguarding the natural heritage that is described and beautifully photographed throughout this valuable book. . . . In its totality, Precious Heritage offers readers an invaluable education in U.S. biodiversity. . . .Such a shining example is Precious Heritage, and this book will encourage efforts to protect America's natural endowment." -- Environmental Law
"Precious Heritage is worth owning and is satisf