Ancient piñon-juniper woodlands: a natural history of Mesa Verde country

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M. Lisa Floyd.
University Press of Colorado, Nov 1, 2003 - Nature - 389 pages
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This book gathers together noted scientists and historians to celebrate the varied and unique woodland region surrounding Mesa Verde National Park. One of the most widespread habitat types in the West, piñon-juniper woodlands have faced extensive eradication, grazing pressures, and the encroachment of human developments, and, consequently, only a few mature stands have reached their full growth potential. Mesa Verde Country, with its deep canyons and high ridgetops, is the magnificent home of many of these ancient stands. Impressively broad in scope, Floyd's volume thoroughly explores Mesa Verde Country's important and historic ecosystem. Covering such diverse topics as geologic evolution, natural history, human history, bats, and fungi, to name but a few, this volume will appeal to scientists, resource managers, conservationists, and the lay reader with an interest in this most western of ecosystems.

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Arknowledgments
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Bats of the PifionJuniper Woodlands of Southwestern
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Reptiles and Amphibians of the PifionJuniper Woodlands
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M. Lisa Floyd is professor and chair of environmental studies at Prescott College in Arizona.