Prairies and Savannas in Michigan

Prairies and Savannas in Michigan

Rediscovering Our Natural Heritage

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Prairies and Savannas in Michigan gives a complete understanding of these dynamic systems, the plants and animals they support, the ecological processes that sustain them, and current efforts to restore these valuable pieces of Michigan's natural heritage. Intended for general readers, Prairies and Savannas in Michigan clearly describes the variety of natural habitats and itemizes noteworthy species found in each.


Prairies and savannas are a rare and unique part of Michigan's natural heritage. Once occupying a significant portion of Lower Michigan's landscape, these dynamic and varied communities have nearly vanished, along with numerous species that rely on the habitats they provide. Now less than 1 percent of the original prairie and savanna acreage remains in Michigan, and the little that remains is threatened by habitat destruction, invasive species, and rapidly closing canopies. Prairies and Savannas in Michigan gives a complete understanding of these dynamic systems, the plants and animals they support, the ecological processes that sustain them, and current efforts to restore these valuable pieces of Michigan's natural heritage.
Intended for general readers, Prairies and Savannas in Michigan clearly describes the variety of natural habitats and itemizes noteworthy species found in each. The book fills a unique niche for practicing and armchair ecologists alike, and it provides a much needed educational overview for citizens living in a state with such unique and diverse?though rapidly disappearing?habitats. This is the only work in print that focuses on prairie and savanna communities.



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Ecologists and conservationists with the Michigan Natural Features Inventory, part of Michigan State University Extension, draw information from a wide range of sources to introduce general readers to the natural communities in the state that contain fewer trees than forests or even woodlands. They cover the history of prairies and savannas, wildlife and plants, classification in Michigan, and threats and conservation. Appendices list rare and declining plant and animal species, recommended reading, and organizations and agencies in the state that are involved with the conservation of prairies and savannas. There is no index. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, c2009
ISBN: 9780870138454
0870138456
Branch Call Number: 578.74 OCO
Characteristics: ix, 139 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 18 x 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Cohen, Joshua G.
Kost, Michael A.

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