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

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 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.

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The University of Chicago Press




Wisconsin, Land, Water, Wildlife, Ecology, Conservation, Sustainability, Urbanization, Sprawl, Population Growth, Land-Use Change


Biology | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Environmental Sciences | Forest Biology | Forest Management | Forest Sciences | Life Sciences | Natural Resources and Conservation | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Sustainability | Water Resource Management

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

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