The Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the intermountain basins in Wyoming and adjacent states contain a rich diversity of plant and animal life that has long captured the interest of outdoor enthusiasts, scientists, and natural resource managers. This book by an eminent ecologist presents in word and photograph the ecology of this beautiful area. Dennis H. Knight begins by introducing the diverse environments in the region and their geologic history. He then discusses the landscapes along streams and rivers, the lowland plains and basins, the foothills and mountains, and three regions of special interest - Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and the Black Hills and Bear Lodge Mountains. He concludes by explaining land use constraints and opportunities in the region. Throughout the book, Knight considers plant ecology, plant-animal interactions, geologic influences, nutrient cycling, land management, and disturbances such as fires and insect epidemics. More than 150 photographs, maps, and line drawings illustrate ecological processes and landscape patterns. A remarkable synthesis of information on land management, ecosystem science, and plant and animal adaptation, the book will be of interest to naturalists as well as to ecologists and professional land managers.
A summary of the available information on the ecology of the Rocky Mountains, intermountain basins, and western Great Plains in Wyoming and adjacent states. After an introduction to the historical development of the diverse environments found in the region and a section on the riparian landscapes along streams and rivers, there are section on plains and basins, foothills and mountains, and three landscapes of special interest--the Yellowstone Plateau, Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park, and the Black Hills. Plant ecology is emphasized, but plant-animal interactions, nutrient cycling, current issues in land management, and the ecology of disturbances are also discussed. Includes b&w photographs, maps, and line drawings, a glossary, and an extensive bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)