Sustaining Rocky Mountain Landscapes

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-05-10
  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE

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Tony Prato and Dan Fagre offer the first systematic, multidisciplinary assessment of the challenges involved in managing the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem (CCE), an area of the Rocky Mountains that includes northwestern Montana, southwestern Alberta, and southeastern British Columbia. The spectacular landscapes, extensive recreational options, and broad employment opportunities of the CCE have made it one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States and Canada. They have also led to a shift in its economic base from extractive resource industries to service-oriented recreation and tourism industries. In the process, however, the amenities and attributes that draw people to this "New West" are under threat. Pastoral scenes are disappearing as agricultural lands and other open spaces are converted to residential uses, biodiversity is endangered by the fragmentation of fish and wildlife habitats, and many areas are experiencing a decline in air and water quality. Sustaining Rocky Mountain Landscapes provides a scientific basis for communities to develop policies for managing the growth and economic transformation of the CCE without sacrificing the quality of life and environment for which the land is renowned. The book begins with a natural and economic history of the CCE, followed by an assessment of current physical and biological conditions. The contributors then explore how social, economic, demographic, and environmental forces are transforming ecosystem structure and function. They consider ecosystem change in response to changing patterns of land use, pollution, and drought; the increasing risk of wildfire to wildlife and to human life and property; and the implications of global climate change on the CCE. A final, policy-focused section of the book looks at transboundary issues in ecosystem management and evaluates the potential of community-based and adaptive approaches in ecosystem management.

Table of Contents

The crown of the continent : striving for ecosystem sustainabilityp. 3
The crown of the continent ecosystem : profile of a treasured landscapep. 17
Native peoples and archaeology of Waterton Glacier International Peace Parkp. 39
Economic growth and landscape changep. 55
Sustaining wildland recreation in the CCE : issues, challenges and opportunitiesp. 67
Alpine ecosystem dynamics and change : a view from the heightsp. 85
Conserving biodiversityp. 102
Aquatic ecosystem healthp. 117
Conserving water resources in the CCEp. 135
Paleoperspectives on climate and ecosystem changep. 151
Modeling and monitoring biophysical dynamics and change in the CCEp. 171
Ecosystem responses to global climate changep. 187
CCE fire regimes and their managementp. 201
Cumulative effects analysis and the crown managers partnershipp. 215
Transboundary conservation and the yellowstone to Yukon conservation initiativep. 229
Adaptive ecosystem managementp. 249
Challenges of managing Glacier National Park in a regional contextp. 260
Resolving transboundary conflicts : the role of community-based advocacyp. 285
Achieving ecosystem sustainabilityp. 302
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