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Precious Heritage: The Status of Biodiversity in the United States

Bruce Stein, Lynn S. Kutner, and Jonathan S. Adams


From the lush forests of Appalachia to the frozen tundra of Alaska, and from the tallgrass prairies of the Midwest to the subtropical rainforests of Hawaii, the United States harbors a remarkable array of ecosystems. These ecosystems in turn sustain an exceptional variety of plant and animal life. For species such as salamanders and freshwater turtles, the United States ranks as the global center of diversity. Among the nation's other unique biological features are California's coast redwoods, the world's tallest trees, and Nevada's Devils Hole pupfish, which survives in a single ten-by-sevent ... More

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Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780195125191
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195125191.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Stein, editor

Lynn S. Kutner, editor

Jonathan S. Adams, editor

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1 Biodiversity: Our Precious Heritage

Jonathan S. Adams, Bruce A. Stein, and Lynn S. Kutner

3 A Remarkable Array: Species Diversity in the United States

Bruce A. Stein, Jonathan S. Adams, Lawrence L. Master, Larry E. Morse, and Geoffrey Hammerson

4 Vanishing Assets: Conservation Status of U.S. Species

Lawrence L. Master, Bruce A. Stein, and Geoffrey A. Kutner Hammerson

5 State of the States: Geographic Patterns of Diversity, Rarity, and Endemism

Bruce A. Stein, Lynn S. Kutner, Geoffrey A. Hammerson, Lawrence L. Master, and Larry E. Morse

6 The Geography of Imperilment: Targeting Conservation toward Critical Biodiversity Areas

Stephen J. Chaplin, Ross A. Gerrard, Hal M. Watson, Lawrence L. Master, and Stephanie R. Flack

7 More than the Sum of the Parts: Diversity and Status of Ecological Systems

Mark T. Bryer, Kathleen Maybury, Jonathan S. Adams, and Dennis H. Grossman

8 Leading Threats to Biodiversity: What’s Imperiling U.S. Species

David S. Wilcove, David Rothstein, Jason Dubow, Ali Phillips, and Elizabeth Losos

10 Owning Up to Our Responsibilities: Who Owns Lands Important for Biodiversity?

Craig R. Groves, Lynn S. Kutner, David M. Stoms, Michael P. Murray, J. Michael Scott, Michael Schafale, Alan S. Weakley, and Robert L. Pressey

11 Safeguarding Our Precious Heritage

Mark L. Shaffer and Bruce A. Stein