Tending Iowa’s Land

Pathways to a Sustainable Future

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Pub Date 28 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 12 Dec 2022
University of Iowa Press, University Of Iowa Press

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NATURE / MIDWEST
In the last 200 years, Iowa’s prairies and other wildlands have been transformed into vast agricultural fields. This massive conversion has provided us with food, fiber, and fuel in abundance. But it has also robbed Iowa’s land of its native resilience and created the environmental problems that today challenge our everyday lives: polluted waters, increasing floods, loss and degradation of rich prairie topsoil, compromised natural systems, and now climate change.

In a straightforward, friendly style, Iowa’s premier scientists and experts consider what has happened to our land and outline viable solutions that benefit agriculture as well as the state’s human and wild residents.
 
NATURE / MIDWEST
In the last 200 years, Iowa’s prairies and other wildlands have been transformed into vast agricultural fields. This massive conversion has provided us with food, fiber, and fuel in...

A Note From the Publisher

Table of Contents

Iowa’s Life and Land: A Brief History ◆ Cornelia F. Mutel

SECTION I. SOIL

Chapter 1. The Root of Our Problems: Iowa’s Degraded Soils ◆ Kathleen Woida

Farming for the Future: A Personal Story ◆ Ken Fawcett

Chapter 2. Slurries of Sediment: The Problem of Soil Erosion ◆ Keith E. Schilling

Working with Mother Earth: A Personal Story ◆ Seth Watkins

Chapter 3. Pushing the Limits: The Intensification of Agriculture ◆ Christopher S. Jones

Farming My Values: A Personal Story ◆ Levi Lyle

Chapter 4. The Regenerative Agriculture Movement: A Vision for the Future ◆ Lisa Schulte Moore

SECTION II. WATER

Chapter 5. Loving the Lakes: Water as a Recreational Asset ◆ Mary P. Skopec

Creating Iowa Project AWARE: A Personal Story ◆ Brian Soenen

Chapter 6. Tracing the Trends: Improving Iowa’s Water Quality ◆ Keith E. Schilling and Christopher S. Jones

Arsenic in the Well: A Personal Story ◆ Brian Hanft

Chapter 7. Rising Rivers, Raising Resilience: Flooding in Iowa ◆ Witold F. Krajewski

Conserving the Family Farm: Pat’s Story ◆ Jim Furnish

Chapter 8. Water-Centered Land Management: A Vision for the Future ◆ Larry Weber

SECTION III. AIR

Chapter 9. A Healthier, More Functional Planet: Global Implications of Climate Change ◆ Charles O. Stanier

Forty-Five Minutes of Sheer Terror: A Personal Story ◆ Carole Teator

Chapter 10. Choosing a Better Future: Climate Change in Iowa ◆ William J. Gutowski, Jr.

Clean Energy at the Universal-Local Level: A Personal Story ◆ Andrew Johnson

Chapter 11. Ongoing Transformation: Climate Change and Agriculture ◆ Eugene S. Takle

Curtailing Climate Change on the Farm: A Personal Story ◆ Francis Thicke

Chapter 12. A Soft Landing for Climate Change: A Vision for the Future ◆ Gregory R. Carmichael

SECTION IV. LIFE

Chapter 13. The Ties That Bind: Biodiversity’s Critical Importance ◆ Elizabeth A. Lynch

Preserving the Fen: A Personal Story ◆ Rebecca L. Kauten

Chapter 14. Knitting It Back Together: Iowa’s Tallgrass Prairie ◆ Pauline Drobney

Making a Difference: A Personal Story ◆ Ronald Eckoff

Chapter 15. Survival Struggles, Survival Hopes: Wildlife in Iowa ◆ James L. Pease

Wild Calls for Help: A Personal Story ◆ Marlene Warren Ehresman

Chapter 16. Iowa’s Rich Biodiversity Legacy: A Vision for the Future ◆ Thomas Rosburg

Regenerating Our Future: A Call to Action ◆ Jerald L. Schnoor

Table of Contents

Iowa’s Life and Land: A Brief History ◆ Cornelia F. Mutel

SECTION I. SOIL

Chapter 1. The Root of Our Problems: Iowa’s Degraded Soils ◆ Kathleen Woida

Farming for the...


Advance Praise

“As a lifelong Iowan, this tapestry of science, history, and personal stories moved me to think about our changing climate and my own actions. While many of our current circumstances seem dire, Connie and the amazing team of contributors gave me hope by shining a bright light on the path forward.”—Joe McGovern, president, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation 

“A must read for all Iowans. The careful scientific works and personal stories are enlightened reading regarding declines in Iowa’s environmental quality and how regenerative agriculture, ecosystem protection, and restoration can provide a viable middle ground to maintain and utilize diverse natural ecosystems in meeting the challenges of adapting to climate change, reducing flooding, and improving soil and water quality while maintaining diverse natural ecosystems.”—Daryl Smith, former director, Tallgrass Prairie Center

“This dynamic history of Iowa’s water, soil, and air, paired with specific ideas for preserving and protecting our natural resources, is an excellent text for teachers and students studying environmental issues. The scientific data balanced with personal stories of Iowa’s environmental scholars makes this book appealing to a wide audience.”—Barbara Ehlers, Upper Iowa University 

Tending Iowa’s Land is inspiring, as it is filled with examples of Iowans working to restore native plants, animals, and resources. May a host of other landowners join them—and the impressive group of academics and other professionals in this book—in leading our way to a resilient, regenerative future.”—Teresa Opheim, director, Climate Land Leaders

“As a lifelong Iowan, this tapestry of science, history, and personal stories moved me to think about our changing climate and my own actions. While many of our current circumstances seem dire...


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