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Grass

Joe Truett

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520258396
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944527 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520258396.001.0001
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Part autobiography, part philosophical rumination, this conservation odyssey explores the deep affinities between humans and our original habitat: grasslands. The book traces the evolutionary, historical, and cultural forces that have reshaped North American rangelands over the past two centuries. It introduces an intriguing cast of characters—wildlife and grasslands biologists, archaeologists, ranchers, and petroleum geologists—to illuminate a wide range of related topics: our love affair with turf and how it manifests in lawns and sports, the ecological and economic dimensions of ranching, the glory of cowboy culture, grasslands and restoration ecology, and more. This book ultimately provides the background against which we can envision a new paradigm for restoring rangeland ecosystems—and a new paradigm for envisioning a more sustainable future.

Keywords: conservation; grasslands; North American rangelands; lawns; ranching; cowboy culture; restoration ecology

Book.  240 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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