Ecology of Dakota Landscapes


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W. Carter Johnson and Dennis H. Knight

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An illustrated review of the Northern Great Plains that blends natural history and human history
“The most complete, in-depth look at Dakota ecosystems and their history. An absolutely fascinating read!”—Gabe Brown, author of Dirt to Soil
W. Carter Johnson and Dennis H. Knight describe the natural and human histories of the Northern Great Plains in this comprehensive and handsomely illustrated book. Covering a vast period of time, they move from geological developments millions of years ago and the effects of glaciers to historical and ecological developments in recent centuries and the effects of agriculture. The book ends with a discussion of the future of this region, mediated by climate change, with recommendations on how to balance agriculture and other pressing needs in the twenty-first century.
Johnson and Knight bring decades of experience to chapters on the major ecosystems of the Dakotas. Written for readers with varying backgrounds, and with discussions of the Prairie Pothole Region, the Missouri River, grasslands, woodlands, the Black Hills, and rivers, lakes, and wetlands, the book is unique and will become a long-lasting source of information. Readers will appreciate the plentiful photographs and other color illustrations.

W. Carter Johnson is professor emeritus at South Dakota State University and resides in Brookings, SD. Dennis H. Knight, professor emeritus at the University of Wyoming, is the author of Mountains and Plains: The Ecology of Wyoming Landscapes. He lives in Laramie, WY.

"We are fortunate that Carter Johnson and Dennis Knight are not only expert ecologists but also master storytellers. Together, they’ve woven a remarkable tapestry of the human and natural history of the Dakotas, enriching our appreciation and understanding of this vast landscape."—Susan Galatowitsch, co-author of Minnesota's Natural Heritage, Second Edition

"Ecology of Dakota Landscapes offers a clear understanding of the historic and current ecology of a heavily impacted region and a plan to protect its resources for future generations."—Shawn DeKeyser, North Dakota State University

Ecology of Dakota Landscapes is simply a grand and wonderful book. If some apocalypse removed all libraries and repositories of knowledge, this one volume would preserve the most important knowledge and insights about the Dakotas.”—Dan Binkley, author of Forest Ecology:  An Evidence-Based Approach

“Carter Johnson and Dennis Knight have distilled their comprehensive knowledge of the ecology of the Dakotas into a beautifully illustrated sourcebook for fellow scientists that is also accessible to students and naturalists.”—Jerry Wilson, author of Seasons of the Coyote and Eden to Orizaba

“There is more to the Dakotas than wheatfields and rangelands, and these landscapes have changed greatly through time. W. Carter Johnson and Dennis Knight demonstrate they have the northern prairie in their blood.”—William H. Schlesinger, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY  

"An essential and truly remarkable treatise is finally available—for former Dakotans like me and all others—to appreciate the ecological wonders of a complex and diverse region."—Joy B. Zedler, Aldo Leopold Chair of Restoration Ecology, Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Ecology of Dakota Landscapes is the most complete, in-depth look at Dakota ecosystems and their history.  An absolutely fascinating read!"—Gabe Brown, author of Dirt to Soil
ISBN: 9780300253818
Publication Date: June 28, 2022
336 pages, 8 x 10
219 color + 23 b/w illus.
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