Wetland and Riparian Areas of the Intermountain West

9780292744233: Paperback
Release Date: 15th April 2014

15 figures, 9 tables

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 335

Series Peter T. Flawn Series in Natural Resource Management and Conservation

University of Texas Press

Wetland and Riparian Areas of the Intermountain West

Ecology and Management

Paperback / £26.99

Wetlands and riparian areas between the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada are incredibly diverse and valuable habitats. More than 80 percent of the wildlife species in this intermountain region depend on these wetlands—which account for less than 2 percent of the land area—for their survival. At the same time, the wetlands also serve the water needs of ranchers and farmers, recreationists, vacation communities, and cities. It is no exaggeration to call water the "liquid gold" of the West, and the burgeoning human demands on this scarce resource make it imperative to understand and properly manage the wetlands and riverine areas of the Intermountain West.

This book offers land managers, biologists, and research scientists a state-of-the-art survey of the ecology and management practices of wetland and riparian areas in the Intermountain West. Twelve articles examine such diverse issues as laws and regulations affecting these habitats, the unique physiographic features of the region, the importance of wetlands and riparian areas to fish, wildlife, and livestock, the ecological function of these areas, their value to humans, and the methods to evaluate these habitats. The authors also address the human impacts on the land from urban and suburban development, mining, grazing, energy extraction, recreation, water diversions, and timber harvesting and suggest ways to mitigate such impacts.

1. Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Wetland Areas in the Intermountain West
Maureen Ryan and Mark Squillace
2. Variation in Hydrology, Soils, and Vegetation of Natural Palustrine Wetlands among Geologic Provinces
Murray K. Laubhan
3. Ecological Processes of Riverine Wetland Habitats
Wayne A. Hubert
4. Wildlife Use of Riverine Wetland Habitats
Kirk Lohman
5. Management of Riverine Wetland Habitats
Robert C. Ehrhart and Paul L. Hansen
6. Irrigation, Salinity, and Landscape Patterns of Natural Palustrine Wetlands
James R. Lovvorn and E. Andrew Hart
7. Wildlife of Natural Palustrine Wetlands
James H. Gammonley
8. Management of Natural Palustrine Wetlands
Neal D. Niemuth, Michael A. Bozek, and Neil F. Payne
9. Components, Processes, and Design of Created Palustrine Wetlands
Richard A. Olson
10. Wildlife of Created Palustrine Wetlands
Mark A. Rumble, David W. Willis, and Brian E. Smith
11. Management of Created Palustrine Wetlands
Stephen. A. Tessmann
12. Classification, Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation of Riverine and Palustrine Wetland Ecosystems
Paul Adamus
Conclusions and Future Directions
Mark C. McKinstry
Appendix A

Mark C. Mckinstry is affiliated with the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming.

Wayne A. Hubert is affiliated with the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming.
Stanley H. Anderson is Professor of Zoology at the Wyoming Cooperative Research Unit.

"I am not aware of any other books that cover both the subject matter and geographical area of this book. . . . [Its] extensive references and detailed summaries provide a wealth of information for those interested in wetland management and ecology in the western United States."

Michael Freehling, Zoologist, New Mexico Natural Heritage Program, University of New Mexico