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Wetland and Riparian Areas of the Intermountain West
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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. In addition to the editors, the contributors to this volume are: Paul Adamus, Oregon State University, Corvallis Michael A. Bozek, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Robert C. Ehrhart, Oregon State University, Bend James H. Gammonley, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Fort Collins Paul L. Hansen, Bitterroot Restoration, Corvallis, Montana E. Andrew Hart, University of Wyoming, Laramie Murray K. Laubhan, U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins, Colorado Kirk Lohman, University of Idaho, Moscow James R. Lovvorn, University of Wyoming, Laramie Neal D. Niemuth, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Richard A. Olson, University of Wyoming, Laramie Neil F. Payne, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Mark A. Rumble, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Rapid City, South Dakota Maureen Ryan, University of Toledo (Ohio) College of Law Brian E. Smith, U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, North Dakota Mark Squillace, University of Toledo (Ohio) College of Law Stephen A. Tessmann, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Cheyenne David W. Willis, South Dakota State University, Brookings

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Chapter 1: Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Wetland Areas in the Intermountain West
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter 2: Variation in Hydrology, Soils, and Vegetation of Natural Palustrine Wetlands among Geologic Provinces
  2. pp. 23-51
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  1. Chapter 3: Ecological Processes of Riverine Wetland Habitats
  2. pp. 52-73
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  1. Chapter 4: Wildlife Use of Riverine Wetland Habitats
  2. pp. 74-86
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  1. Chapter 5: Management of Riverine Wetland Habitats
  2. pp. 87-104
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  1. Chapter 6: Irrigation, Salinity, and Landscape Patterns of Natural Palustrine Wetlands
  2. pp. 105-129
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  1. Chapter 7: Wildlife of Natural Palustrine Wetlands
  2. pp. 130-153
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  1. Chapter 8: Management of Natural Palustrine Wetlands
  2. pp. 154-184
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  1. Chapter 9: Components, Processes, and Design of Created Palustrine Wetlands
  2. pp. 185-215
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  1. Chapter 10: Wildlife of Created Palustrine Wetlands
  2. pp. 216-239
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  1. Chapter 11: Management of Created Palustrine Wetlands
  2. pp. 240-276
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  1. Chapter 12: Classification, Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation of Riverine and Palustrine Wetland Ecosystems
  2. pp. 277-296
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  1. Conclusions and Future Directions
  2. pp. 297-303
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 305-312
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  1. Contributors
  2. p. 313
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 315-319
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