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Restoring Nature: Perpectives from the Social Sciences and Humanities. Edited by Paul H. Gobster and R. Bruce Hull. Explores the difficult questions that arise during the planning and implementation of restoration projects in urban and wildland settings. It examines moral and ethical questions regarding the practice of restoration, conflicts over how nature is defined and who should be included in decisions about restoration and management, and how managers can make restoration projects succeed given the various constraints that need to be considered. Suggests ways in which restoration conflicts might be resolved, and provides examples of stewardship that show how volunteers and local residents can help restore environments. More...

Gardeners of Eden: Rediscovering Our Importance to Nature. By Dan Dagget. An exploration of how a new kind of environmentalism is being born among those who see themselves, and their skills, as part of the ecosystem, part of nature. As an alternative to the "leave it alone" approach, the perspective of this book is that human use and ecological restoration can often go together. More…

Handbook for Restoring Tidal Wetlands. Edited by Joy B. Zedler. Provides a broad-based compilation of case studies and principles to guide the management of tidal restoration sites. Covers a full range of topics including the conceptual planning for coastal wetlands restoration, strategies for the manipulation of hydrology and soils, the reestablishment of vegetation and assemblages of fishes and invertebrates, and the process of assessing, monitoring, and sustaining restored wetlands. More...

Wild Solutions: How Biodiversity is Money in the Bank. By Paul Ehrlich and Andrew Beattie. We are only beginning to understand that ecological health depends on the diversity of nature. Humans directly benefit from the services that millions of species provide, whether appreciated or not. To remove those species, the authors argue, is akin to squandering a carefully built and irreplaceable fortune. More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

The New Ranch Handbook: A Guide to Restoring Western Rangelands. By Nathan Freeman Sayre. Demonstrates how livestock ranching and conservation values can be compatible, and how ranchers and environmentalists can work together to benefit rangelands. It describes the practices of these "new ranchers" in relation to recent models and knowledge in range science and ecology. Six ranches are profiled, and they demonstrate that these new ranching practices are economically practical and have far-reaching benefits for land, people, and wildlife. More...

Midnight Wilderness: Journeys in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. By Debbie S. Miller. An appeal for the preservation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, now threatened by oil and gas development. A resident of Alaska who has traveled extensively in the Refuge, she describes vividly the wonders of this preserve, from its coastal plain to its mountains, glaciers and rivers. More... | Debbie S. Miller EcoSpeakers Info >>

River Restoration: Managing the Uncertainty in Restoring Physical Habitat. Edited by Stephen Darby and David Sear. Provides a systematic overview of the issues involved in minimizing and coping with uncertainty in river restoration projects. Defines the various sources of uncertainty in restoration projects and shows how these appear at the design, construction and post-construction phases in a project's life cycle. Offers a rational theoretical analysis of the problem while providing practical guidance in managing the different sources of uncertainty. More...

Healing Power of Forests: The Philosophy Behind Restoring Earth's Balance with Native Trees. By Akira Miyawaki and Elgene O. Box. Describes the successful techniques used to restore depleted forests, whether near factory sites, parking lots, or even the Great Wall of China. It challenges us to plant "native forests of native trees." More...

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Butterflies: Ecology and Evolution Taking Flight. By Paul Ehrlich. The world's leading experts synthesize current knowledge of butterflies to show how the study of these fascinating creatures as model systems can lead to deeper understanding of ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes in general. More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

Collaborative Planning for Wetlands and Wildlife. Edited by Douglas R. Porter and David A. Salvesen. Proposes guidelines for more effective planning, and presents case studies that demonstrate how different communities have creatively reconciled conflicts. More...

Discovering the Unknown Landscape: A History Of America's Wetlands. By Ann Vileisis. The rapidly disappearing wetlands that once spread so abundantly across the American continent serve an essential and irreplaceable ecological function. A fascinating look at how Americans have thought about and used these wetlands. A synthesis of social and environmental history, and a valuable examination of how cultural attitudes shape the physical world that surrounds us. More… | Ann Vileisis EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms. By Amy Stewart. Takes us on a subterranean adventure and introduces us to our planet's most important gatekeeper: the humble earthworm. It's true that the earthworm is small, spineless, and blind, but its effect on the ecosystem is profound. Stewart investigates the earthworm's astonishing realm, talks to oligochaetologists who have devoted their lives to unearthing the complex web of life beneath our feet, and observes the thousands of worms in her own garden. More… | Amy Stewart EcoSpeakers Info >>

Ecological Diversity in Sustainable Development: The Vital and Forgotten Dimension. By Chris Maser. Apart from the beauty diversity brings to our lives, it is also absolutely necessary to the sustainability of life itself. Planners tend to ignore ecological diversity because they don't understand it. This book tackles the problems of how we can maintain sustainable diversity in both the Earth's ecosystems and in our cultural systems. More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

Endangered Rivers and the Conservation Movement: The Case for River Conservation. By Tim Palmer. Based on careful research and hundreds of interviews, this information-packed narrative is regarded as a classic in the field of conservation. This updated edition includes two new chapters that chart the course of conservation during the past twenty years and explore how the movement to protect rivers will likely change in the twenty-first century. More… | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Entering the Watershed: A New Approach To Save America's River Ecosystems. By Bob Doppelt et al. Recommends a comprehensive new approach to river protection and restoration based on principles of watershed dynamics, ecosystem function, and conservation biology. It describes in detail the existing level of damage to rivers and species, analyzes flaws and gaps in existing policy, provides the framework necessary to develop new policies, outlines the scientific underpinnings and management strategies needed, and makes specific policy proposals. More… | Bob Doppelt EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Four Seasons of Kansas. By Daniel Dancer and William Least Heat-Moon. In this beautiful volume, Dancer has assembled a portrait of Kansas in its many different lights… a sunflower field at dawn, a rural Main Street in the eerie, greenish light of a summer storm, a nighttime prairie fire, and a dusty stretch of prairie in the hot light of midday. More… | Daniel Dancer EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Global Commons. By Susan J. Buck. Considers the history of human interactions with each of the global commons areas and provides a concise yet thorough account of the evolution of management regimes for each area. More...

Luminous Mountains: The Sierra Nevada of California. By Tim Palmer. An evocative portrait of the whole Sierra Nevada range. Guides us into ancient green forests suffused with life. Reveals the Sierra in a way that has never been done before. Features 140 color photos and eight essays that inform and inspire about the intricate workings of nature and also the conflicts inherent in the booming growth of the nation s most populous state. More… | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Naked in the Woods: Joseph Knowles and the Legacy of Frontier Fakery. By Jim Motavalli. Joseph Knowles was a ex-Navy man, friend of the Sioux, and onetime hunting guide who stepped nearly naked into the woods to live off the land. From 1913 to 1916, his dispatches to the world - alternating accounts of bear clubbing and quiet contemplation, written in charcoal on pieces of birch bark - set off major newspaper wars, exploiting readers' fears of modernization. Did Knowles really survive for months at a time in the untamed wilderness? Part adventure story, part cultural investigation, Naked in the Woods reveals a new dimension of our natural history. More… | Jim Motavalli EcoSpeakers Info >>

Nature's Keepers: The Remarkable Story of How the Nature Conservancy Became the Largest Environmental Group in the World. By Bill Birchard. A portrait of an organization that preserves genetic material and uniquely functioning ecosystems. It describes the inner workings of a remarkable organization. It is a gripping story about groups and people who make a difference against all odds. More… | Bill Birchard EcoSpeakers Info >>

On the Wings of Checkerspots: A Model System for Population Biology. Edited by Paul Ehrlich and Ilkka Hanski. Ilkka Hanski, a leading thinker in metapopulation ecology, studies checkerspot butterfly populations in Finland. Paul Ehrlich, a leading ecologist and conservation biologist, investigates checkerspot butterfly populations in California. This book reports on and synthsizes the major long-term research of both on the population biology of checkerspot butterflies. More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

Pacific High: Adventures In The Coast Ranges From Baja To Alaska. By Tim Palmer. On a crisp January morning, the first day of a new year, writer Tim Palmer and his wife set out on a nine-month journey through North America's coastal mountains high above the Pacific. Pacific High recounts that adventure, interweaving tales of exploration and discovery with portraits of the places they visited and the people they came to know along the way. Palmer captures the brilliant wonders of nature, the tragedy of irreversible loss, and the hope of everyone who cares for this extraordinary but threatened edge of North America. More… | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Rivers of America. By Tim Palmer. Photographed from the shore, from his canoe and raft, from skis on top of the ice, from mountaintops and airplanes overhead, and from the current itself by wading in as deep as he could go. In vivid detail, Palmer shows the true nature of our watery network, from Maine to California, from Florida to Alaska. More... | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Trees, Truffles, and Beasts: How Forests Function. By Chris Maser, Andrew W. Claridge, and James M. Trappe. An introduction to the world of mycorrhizal fungi in forests and their importance in food webs as highlighted by truffles. This book should encourage readers to investigate further the intricate and essential interactions occurring in forests. A clear and compelling argument that there's much more to forests than meets the eye. More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness. By Tim Palmer and William Neill. Winner of The Director's Award from the Director of the National Park Service for the outstanding publication of the year. A collection of remarkable pictures and text celebrating the awesome beauty of one of America's greatest national parks. More... | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Books From Resellers

Among Whales. By Roger Payne. Sharing his scientific observations in spellbinding detail, Payne brings vividly to life the awesome presence of these great, noble, and desperately threatened creatures. A work of biology, of philosophy, and most certainly of literature, Among Whales is more than a book about whales. It is also a journey of the heart, a journey of discovery about the larger questions of life on earth. More… | Roger Payne EcoSpeakers Info >>

Canoeing a Continent: On the Trail of Alexander Mackenzie. By Max Finkelstein. Using Mackenzie's journals and his own journal writings, Finkelstein creates a view of the land from two vantage points. He retraced the route of Alexander Mackenzie across North America from Ottawa through to Cumberland House, Saskatchewan, and then he paddled the Blackwater, Fraser and Peace Rivers. This route is the most significant water trail in North America, and perhaps the world. More... | Max Finkelstein EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Curious Naturalist. By Jennifer G. Ackerman. In tours of North American ecosystems – from backyards to woodlands, from grasslands to sandy shores – renowned naturalists and photographers show how to understand these systems. More...

Fragile Dominion. By Simon Levin. Our planet is losing its biological diversity, with frightening implications for our future. This important book draws on the science of complexity to shed light on maintaining biodiversity. More...

The Heart of America: Our Landscape, Our Future. By Tim Palmer. In this portrait of America at the turn of the 21st century, Palmer reminds us that the heart of our country is the land. Not only does land lie at the center of our country's culture and ecological health, but it forms the basis of our economy and a source of national pride. More... | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Inside the Dzanga-Sangha Rain Forest: Exploring the Heart of Central Africa. By Francesca Lyman. Follows a team of scientists, artists, and filmmakers as they search for the elusive lowland gorilla, rare birds, leopards, a universe of insects, not to mention the powerful elephants for whom the forest is named. More... | Francesca Lyman EcoSpeakers Info >>

Orbit. By Jay Apt et al. Orbit offers unprecedented access to spectacular NASA space photography. It contains natural color photos shot by astronauts with hand-held cameras from inside the low-flying shuttle. More...

Paddling The Boreal Forest: Rediscovering A.P. Low. By Max Finkelstein and James Stone. Tells the story of following the path of one of Canada's "iron men", Albert Peter Low, who explored the vastness of Northern Quebec's northern boreal forest at the end of the 19th Century. This account describes Low's journey based on his own exploration records, and then it recounts the authors' attempts to retrace the trail he followed. More… | Max Finkelstein EcoSpeakers Info >>

Seeds of Another Summer. By Beth Powning. At once resonant and new, Seeds of Another Summer is a soulful exploration of the connection between humans and the earth, and of the everlasting search for the spirit of home in nature. More...

The Twilight of the Wild. By Rusty Johnson. Johnson writes about his true adventures studying wildlife and cultures throughout the world. More... | Rusty Johnson EcoSpeakers Info >>

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