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Chapter 27: Montane Forests

Released: 2016
Citation:
North, M., B. Collins, H. Safford, and N. L. Stephenson.  2016.  Montane forests.  Chapter 27 (pages 553-577) in Ecosystems of California.  H. Mooney and E. Zavaleta (Eds.).  University of California Press. Pp 553-557

This long-anticipated reference and sourcebook for California’s remarkable ecological abundance provides an integrated assessment of each major ecosystem type—its distribution, structure, function, and management. A comprehensive synthesis of our knowledge about this biologically diverse state, Ecosystems of California covers the state from oceans to mountaintops using multiple lenses: past and present, flora and fauna, aquatic and terrestrial, natural and managed.

Each chapter evaluates natural processes for a specific ecosystem, describes drivers of change, and discusses how that ecosystem may be altered in the future. This book also explores the drivers of California’s ecological patterns and the history of the state’s various ecosystems, outlining how the challenges of climate change and invasive species and opportunities for regulation and stewardship could potentially affect the state’s ecosystems. The text explicitly incorporates both human impacts and conservation and restoration efforts and shows how ecosystems support human well-being. Edited by two esteemed ecosystem ecologists and with overviews by leading experts on each ecosystem, this definitive work will be indispensable for natural resource management and conservation professionals as well as for undergraduate or graduate students of California’s environment and curious naturalists.


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http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520278806



This product is associated with the following project:
Climate and Fire in the Sierra Nevada

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