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The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

Edited by Donald M. Waller and Thomas P. Rooney

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780226871714
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226871745 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226871745.001.0001
The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

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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 make the state a fascinating microcosm for studying global environmental change. This book brings together 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 the chapters here focus on just one state, the text draws conclusions about changes in temperate habitats that can be applied elsewhere, and offer insights into the future of the ecology, conservation, and sustainability of Wisconsin and beyond.

Keywords: temperate forests; grassland biomes; Great Lakes; Wisconsin; tallgrass prairie; oak savanna; broadleaf forests; coniferous forests; wetlands; natural lakes

Book.  529 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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Assembling the Puzzle in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

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The View from Man Mound in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

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The Challenge of Unveiling the Invisible Present in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

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Thinking Like a Flower: Phenology and Climate Change at the Leopold Shack in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

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Broad-Scale Change in the Northern Forests: From Past to Present in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

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Plant Species Diversity in the Once and Future Northwoods in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

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From the Prairie-Forest Mosaic to the Forest: Dynamics of Southern Wisconsin Woodlands in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

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Savanna and Prairie: Requiem for the Past, Hope for the Future in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

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Plant Communities of Great Lakes Islands in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

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Patterns in Wisconsin Lichen Diversity in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

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