The Once and Future Great Lakes Country: An Ecological History by John L. RileyThe Once and Future Great Lakes Country: An Ecological History by John L. Riley

The Once and Future Great Lakes Country: An Ecological History

byJohn L. Riley

Paperback | February 25, 2014

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North America's Great Lakes country has experienced centuries of upheaval. Its landscapes are utterly changed from what they were five hundred years ago. The region's superabundant fish and wildlife and its magnificent forests and prairies astonished European newcomers who called it an earthly paradise but then ushered in an era of disease, warfare, resource depletion, and land development that transformed it forever. The Once and Future Great Lakes Country is a history of environmental change in the Great Lakes region, looking as far back as the last ice age, and also reflecting on modern trajectories of change, many of them positive. John Riley chronicles how the region serves as a continental crossroads, one that experienced massive declines in its wildlife and native plants in the centuries after European contact, and has begun to see increased nature protection and re-wilding in recent decades. Yet climate change, globalization, invasive species, and urban sprawl are today exerting new pressures on the region's ecology. Covering a vast geography encompassing two Canadian provinces and nine American states, The Once and Future Great Lakes Country provides both a detailed ecological history and a broad panorama of this vast region. It blends the voices of early visitors with the hopes of citizens now.
John L. Riley is chief science advisor, Nature Conservancy of Canada. He has had careers as a botanist, geologist, ecologist, and conservation professional with the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Geological Survey, and Ontario Nature. He lives in Mono,
Title:The Once and Future Great Lakes Country: An Ecological HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:516 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:February 25, 2014Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773543880

ISBN - 13:9780773543881

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating I agree that this is not a light read however amazing nonetheless. I was floored by the detail and effort taken by this book by the author. Although the subject matter on the surface can sound rather dry there are enough moments of lightness & interesting anecdotes to keep the reader spirited on the path through the subject matter. Great work!
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind blowing Very detailed - not a light read, and probably won't be of interest to those who aren't already in love with the Great Lakes and its ecology... but for those that are, this book is worth its weight in gold. A thorough history of how Great Lakes Country has been shaped by humans and other forces over millennia.
Date published: 2017-09-13

Editorial Reviews

"In his ode to his beloved Great Lakes Country, John Riley employs a compelling combination of knowledge and passion, knitting together the region's histories of human endeavour and ecological change. Riley's comprehensive and hopeful narrative connects t