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The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

Edited By: Donald Waller, Thomas Rooney, Nina Leopold Bradley and Steve Carpenter

528 pages, 18 colour plates, 43 halftones, 7 line drawings

University of Chicago Press

Hardback | Nov 2008 | #176329 | ISBN-13: 9780226871714
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Straddling temperate forests and grassland biomes and stretching along the coastline of two Great Lakes, Wisconsin contains tallgrass prairie and oak savanna, broadleaf and coniferous forests, wetlands, natural lakes, and rivers. But, like the rest of the world, the Badger State has been transformed by urbanization and sprawl, population growth, and land-use change. For decades, industry and environment have attempted to coexist in Wisconsin - and the dynamic tensions between economic progress and environmental protection makes the state a fascinating microcosm for studying global environmental change.

"The Vanishing Present" brings together a distinguished set of contributors - including scientists, naturalists, and policy experts - to examine how human pressures on Wisconsin's changing lands, waters, and wildlife have redefined the state's ecology. Though they focus on just one state, the authors draw conclusions about changes in temperate habitats that can be applied elsewhere and offer useful insights into the future of the ecology, conservation, and sustainability of Wisconsin and beyond.A fitting tribute to the home state of Aldo Leopold and John Muir,
"The Vanishing Present" is an accessible and timely case study of a significant ecosystem and its response to environmental change.

Waller and Rooney show that they are not just top-notch biologists, but rare visionaries, too. Every region of North America needs such a work, not only in scope but in quality as well. - Dave Foreman, executive director of the Rewilding Institute and author of Rewilding North America"

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Donald Waller is professor of botany and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Thomas Rooney is assistant professor of biological sciences at Wright State University.

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