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Wetlands and riparian areas between the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada are incredibly diverse and valuable habitats. More than 80 percent of the wildlife species in this intermountain region depend on these wetlands-which account for less than 2 percent of the land area-for their survival. This book offers land managers, biologists, and research scientists a state-of-the-art survey of the ecology and management practices of wetland and riparian areas in the Intermountain West. Twelve articles examine such diverse issues as laws and regulations affecting these habitats, the unique physiographic features of the region, the importance of wetlands and riparian areas to fish, wildlife, and livestock, the ecological function of these areas, their value to humans, and the methods to evaluate these habitats.
1. Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Wetland Areas in the Intermountain West Maureen Ryan and Mark Squillace; 2. Variation in Hydrology, Soils, and Vegetation of Natural Palustrine Wetlands among Geologic Provinces Murray K. Laubhan; 3. Ecological Processes of Riverine Wetland Habitats Wayne A. Hubert; 4. Wildlife Use of Riverine Wetland Habitats Kirk Lohman; 5. Management of Riverine Wetland Habitats Robert C. Ehrhart and Paul L. Hansen; 6. Irrigation, Salinity, and Landscape Patterns of Natural Palustrine Wetlands James R. Lovvorn and E. Andrew Hart; 7. Wildlife of Natural Palustrine Wetlands James H. Gammonley; 8. Management of Natural Palustrine Wetlands Neal D. Niemuth, Michael A. Bozek, and Neil F. Payne; 9. Components, Processes, and Design of Created Palustrine Wetlands Richard A. Olson; 10. Wildlife of Created Palustrine Wetlands Mark A. Rumble, David W. Willis, and Brian E. Smith; 1. Management of Created Palustrine Wetlands Stephen. A. Tessmann; 12. Classification, Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation of Riverine and Palustrine Wetland Ecosystems Paul Adamus; Conclusions and Future Directions Mark C. McKinstry
I am not aware of any other books that cover both the subject matter and geographical area of this book... [Its] extensive references and detailed summaries provide a wealth of information for those interested in wetland management and ecology in the western United States. Michael Freehling, Zoologist, New Mexico Natural Heritage Program, University of New Mexico