Back from the Collapse
American Prairie and the Restoration of Great Plains Wildlife
by Curtis H. Freese
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Pub Date 01 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2023
University of Nebraska Press, Bison Books
In Back from the Collapse Freese explores the evolutionary history of the region’s ecosystem over millions of years, as it transitioned from subtropical forests to the edge of an ice sheet to today’s prairies. He details the eventual species collapse and American Prairie’s work to restore the habitat and wildlife, efforts described by National Geographic as “one of the most ambitious conservation projects in American history.”
“Grasslands are crucial to Earth’s biological diversity. North America once had a bounteous share. No one is better qualified to tell the story of such prairie ecosystems—the disruption of their dynamics, the collapse of their wildlife populations, and the vital possibility of saving and restoring them—than Curt Freese. This is an important, fascinating book.”—David Quammen, author of The Tangled Tree and Breathless
“Curt Freese brings our nation’s ecologically rich but too-long-overlooked grasslands into sharp focus. He delivers a well-researched and approachably written account of the collapse of Great Plains wildlife populations and a challenge to readers—to envision the role that large protected areas can play in biodiversity conservation, especially in the face of climate change.”—Alison Piper Fox, chief executive officer of American Prairie
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This is not a book you read if you want a lighthearted, fun, easy read. Back from the Collapse tackles the history and the degradation of the Northern Great Plains. With his extensive background in land management, conservation, and wildlife, Freeze offers expert opinions on conservation and restoration.
Thank you for the opportunity to read and review Back from the Collapse. I believe we all need to do better for this beautiful Earth.