Precious Heritage: The Status of Biodiversity in the United States by Bruce A. SteinPrecious Heritage: The Status of Biodiversity in the United States by Bruce A. Stein

Precious Heritage: The Status of Biodiversity in the United States

EditorBruce A. Stein, Lynn S. Kutner, Jonathan S. Adams

Hardcover | March 16, 2000

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From the lush forests of Appalachia to the frozen tundra of Alaska, and from the tallgrass prairies of the Midwest to the subtropical rainforests of Hawaii, the United States harbors a remarkable array of ecosystems. These ecosystems in turn sustain an exceptional variety of plant and animallife. For species such as salamanders and freshwater turtles, the United States ranks as the global center of diversity. Among the nation's other unique biological features are California's coast redwoods, the world's tallest trees, and Nevada's Devils Hole pupfish, which survives in a singleten-by-seventy-foot desert pool, the smallest range of any vertebrate animal. Precious Heritage draws together for the first time a quarter century of information on U.S. biodiversity developed by natural heritage programs from across the country. This richly illustrated volume not only documents those aspects of U.S. biodiversity that are particularly noteworthy, but alsoconsiders how our species and ecosystems are faring, what is threatening them, and what is needed to protect the nation's remaining natural inheritance. Above all, Precious Heritage is a celebration of the extraordinary biological diversity of the United States.
Bruce A. Stein and Robert M. Chipley are both at The Nature Conservancy, Virginia.
Title:Precious Heritage: The Status of Biodiversity in the United StatesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 11.1 × 8.82 × 1.42 inPublished:March 16, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Edward O. Wilson: ForewordPrefaceContributorsParticipating InstitutionsAcknowledgements1. Jonathan S. Adams, Bruce A. Stein, and Lynn S. Kutner: Biodiversity: Our Precious Heritage2. Bruce A. Stein and Frank W. Davis: Discovering Life in America: Tools and Techniques of Biodiversity Inventory3. Bruce A. Stein et al.: A Remarkable Array: Species Diversity in the United States4. Lawrence L. Master et al.: Conservation Status of U.S. Species5. Bruce A. Stein et al.: State of the States: Geographic Patterns of Diversity, Rarity, and Endemism6. Stephen J. Chaplin et al.: The Geography of Imperilment: Targeting Conservation towards Critical Biodiversity Areas7. Mark T. Bryer et al.: More than the Sum of the Parts: Diversity and Status of Ecological Systems8. David S. Wilcove et al.: Leading Threats to U.S. Biodiversity: What's Threatening Imperiled Species9. Michael J. Bean: Strategies for Biodiversity Protection10. Craig R. Groves et al.: Owning Up to Our Responsibilities: Who Owns Lands Important for Biodiversity?11. Mark L. Shaffer and Bruce A. Stein: Safeguarding Our Precious HeritageAppendix A: Extinct and missing species of the United StatesAppendix B: State Diversity, Endemism, and RarityAppendix C: Kuchler Potential Natural Vegetation TypesAppendix D: Principal Sources for the Natural Heritage Central DatabasesLiterature Cited

Editorial Reviews

"America is far richer in plant and animal species than previously believed--but the survival of the country's unique natural heritage is in serious jeopardy. That's the conclusion of a new book that features the most complete analysis of U.S. plants and animals ever conducted. ... Bydocumenting the presence in America of more than 200,000 native species--double the previous estimate--Precious Heritage highlights the U.S. as a globally important center of diversity. ... The book is illustrated with maps pinpointing the biodiversity 'hot spots' around the U.S., including aspecial section on aquatic species and their plight. ... A single river in Tennessee, for example, contains more fish species than are found in all of Europe. The study also reveals the U.S. as one of the most diverse countries on an ecosystem scale, harboring a high percentage of the world'sbroadleaf forests, temperate grasslands and Mediterranean-climate vegetation."--Montmorency County Tribune