June 4, 2008

Book Review - Great Basin Riparian Ecosystems

Great Basin Riparian Ecosystems: Ecology, Management, and Restoration
edited by Jeanne C. Chambers and Jerry R. Miller
QH 104.5 .G68 G74 2004

The Great Basin Ecosystem Management Project was established by the USDA Forest Service in 1993. It is a large scale, interdisciplinary research study that is examining the effects of climate change and human intervention on land areas adjacent to bodies of flowing water. The intention of this project is to observe the behavior of the natural system in order to develop management and restoration plans for this type of ecosystem. This book is a series of chapters that discuss the natural features or behaviors of this ecosystem. Included in these discussions are geologic as well as botanic observations and reactions to pollution, climate change, and human disruption. The beginning and ending essays frame the research study and provide recommendations for managing and restoring ecosystems like this one.