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Habitats and Ecological Communities of Indiana: Presettlement to Present

Habitats and Ecological Communities of Indiana: Presettlement to Present
John O. Whitaker, Jr. and Charles J. Amlaner, Jr. (editors)
Indiana University Press
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cloth, 493 pp., $35.00

The goal of this reference work is to develop an understanding of the state’s habitats and ecological communities in Indiana. Experts assess the health and diversity of eight areas, provide a detailed analysis of data relating to the flora and fauna, and describe the impact of agriculture and developed lands on flora and fauna over time. Based on its conclusions, this book will serve as a guide to expenditures for federal wildlife conservations funds. The text was written and interpreted by experts in various fields. Beginning with a statewide perspective on a history of land use, distinguished authorities then reflect on the variety of soils in Indiana before considering broad overviews of the diversity of plants and vertebrate animals. Various maps display the progress of settlement, land clearance, and finally the most recent representation of land cover for the entire state. Supplementary materials include a glossary, bibliography, index, tables of data, and photographs of landscapes, plants, and animals, including exotic and invasive species.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden