Conservation on the Northern Plains

ISBN: 978-0-931170-95-9
215 pages, 16 photographs

"The essayists in this volume will help readers understand the vitality and potential of one of North America’s most distinctive and productive landscapes."
— Greg Breining, author of "Wild Shore" and "Paddle North"

"Like the Northern Plains themselves, 'Conservation on the Northern Plains' is vast, complex and reflective of how use and attitudes shape North America's grasslands."
— Jason Abraham, Land Stewardship Project member

"Conservation on the Northern Plains: New Perspectives" challenges widespread assumptions about people and nature, reframing understandings of both in the process. In eleven essays, ten authors trek across the Plains to find the people, places, and stories that define conservation.

In addressing conservation’s reach, the authors reflect on the ordinary, the extraordinary, and the spaces in between, covering species ranging from horses to honeybees and from pheasants to wolves. Each essay is a call to revisit conservation and re-engage in discussions of use and the environment. This collection tackles conservation issues in eight states and Canada, giving special attention to Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

The volume is edited by Dr. Anthony J. Amato, associate professor of social science at Southwest Minnesota State University, and includes a forward by Dennis Anderson, outdoors editor and columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Hear an interview with the volume's editor on South Dakota Public Broadcasting's "In the Moment" program.

Watch a presentation given by editor Anthony Amato and contributors Lisa Ossian, William Hoffman, and Dennis Anderson during a booksigning.

Read the review by Jason Abraham, a member of Land Stewardship Project, a Minnesota nonprofit organization working to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland.

Read the review by Curt Hillstrom, former president of the Minnesota Independent Scholars' Forum.

Chapter contributors include:

Of related interest are "Birding in the Northern Plains: The Ornithological Writings of Herbert Krause," edited by Ronald R. Nelson, and "Natural History of the Black Hills and Badlands" by Sven Froiland and Ronald Weedon, published by The Center for Western Studies.