The Vanishing Present : Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife / Donald M. Waller, Thomas P. Rooney.
- Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 
1 online resource (530 p.)
- Ecological succession -- Wisconsin.
Biodiversity -- Wisconsin.
- Electronic books.
- 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 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.
- The Vanishing Present
1. Assembling the Puzzle
Part One: Perspectives
2. The View from Man Mound
3. The Challenge of Unveiling the Invisible Present
4. Thinking Like a Flower: Phenology and Climate Change at the Leopold Shack
Part Two: Changing Plant Communities
5. Broad-Scale Change in the Northern Forests: From Past to Present
6. Plant Species Diversity in the Once and Future Northwoods
7. From the Prairie-Forest Mosaic to the Forest: Dynamics of Southern Wisconsin Woodlands
8. Savanna and Prairie: Requiem for the Past, Hope for the Future
9. Plant Communities of Great Lakes Islands
10. Patterns in Wisconsin Lichen Diversity
11. How Have Wisconsin's Lichen Communities
Part Three: Changing Waters and the Land-Water Interface
12. Great Lakes Ecosystems: Invasions, Food Web Dynamics, and the Challenge of Ecological Restoration
13. Documenting and Halting Declines of Nongame Fishes in Southern Wisconsin
14. Change in Wisconsin's Coastal Wetlands
15. Southern Wisconsin's Herbaceous Wetlands: Their Recent History and Precarious Future
16. Shifting Plants in Wisconsin Lakes
17. Changes in the Wisconsin River and Its Floodplain
Part Four: Changing Animal Communities
18. Changes in Mammalian Carnivore Populations
19. Deer as Both a Cause and Reflection of Ecological Change
20. Changes in Amphibian and Reptile Communities
21. Two Centuries of Changes in Grassland Bird Populations and Their Habitats in Wisconsin
22. Wisconsin's Changing Bird Communities
23. Changes in the Butterfly and Moth Fauna
Part Five: Nature Meets Us: The Social and Political Context
24. Public Lands and Waters and Changes in Conservation
25. Urbanization and Ecological Change in Milwaukee County
26. Ecological Footprints of Urbanization and Sprawl: Toward a City Ethic
27. Influences of Policy, Planning, and Management on Ecological Change
Part Six: Trajectories
28. Seeking Adaptive Change in Wisconsin's Ecosystems
29. Forecasting Species Invasions in Wisconsin Lakes and Streams
30. Nonnative Terrestrial Species Invasions
31. The Potential Futures of Wisconsin's Forested Landscapes
32. The Big Picture
- Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
- Rooney, Thomas P., editor., Editor,
Waller, Donald M., editor., Editor,
- Publisher Number:
- 10.7208/9780226871745 doi
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