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Proposed Standards And Guidelines For Private Nature Reserves In The Northern Great Plains, Curtis Freese, Dawn Montanye, Steve Forrest 2010 Independent Researcher and Writer

Proposed Standards And Guidelines For Private Nature Reserves In The Northern Great Plains, Curtis Freese, Dawn Montanye, Steve Forrest

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

More than three-quarters of the land in the Northern Great Plains is privately owned and less than 2% of the region is in public protected areas; therefore, sound private-land management is critical for restoring and conserving the region’s biodiversity. Although considerable progress has been made in recent years in fostering and assembling nature reserves on private lands in various regions of the world, this approach has received little attention in North America, including the Northern Great Plains. We review here recommendations, trends and issues related to private protected areas globally and in Canada and the United States. We then ...


Great Plains Research Spring 2010 Front Matter, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Great Plains Research Spring 2010 Front Matter

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Saving the World’s Grasslands: An Introduction Richard Edwards and Richard P. Reading, Guest Editors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Global Trends in Private Protected Areas and Their Implications for the Northern Great Plains Jeff Langholz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Lessons Learned from Biodiversity Conservation in the Private Lands of Laikipia, Kenya Siva R. Sundaresan and Corinna Riginos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Conservation and Economic Lessons Learned from Managing the NamibRand Nature Reserve Nils Odendaal and Danica Shaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Cattle Ranching and Biodiversity Conservation as Allies in South America’s Flooded Savannas Almira Hoogesteijn and Rafael Hoogesteijn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

The Role of Conservation Research and Education Centers in ...


Grasslands Of The World Great Plains Research (Spring 2010), 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Grasslands Of The World Great Plains Research (Spring 2010)

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

Grasslands of the World Map

Plate 1. Grasslands discussed in this special issue are highlighted and illustrated. Figure produced by N. Bragin, Denver Zoological Foundation. Sources: ESRI World Robinson template and Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World, 2001; World Wildlife Fund – US, 2004; and Olson et al. 2001, Terrestrial ecoregions of the world: A new map of life on earth, BioScience 51:933-38.


Toward A Strategy For The Conservation And Protection Of The World’S Temperate Grasslands, William D. Henwood 2010 International Union for Conservation of Nature

Toward A Strategy For The Conservation And Protection Of The World’S Temperate Grasslands, William D. Henwood

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

Temperate grasslands are one of the world’s great biomes and were once home to some of the largest assemblages of wildlife the earth has ever known. Today these grasslands are considered the most altered terrestrial ecosystem on the planet and are recognized as the most endangered ecosystem on most continents. While species and habitat declines continue, temperate grasslands have the lowest level of protection of the world’s 14 biomes. With only 4% of the biome under protected status, considerable effort will be required to increase this level of protection. Several international bodies have suggested that achieving at least ...


Cattle Ranching And Biodiversity Conservation As Allies In South America’S Flooded Savannas, Almira Hoogesteijn, Rafael Hoogesteijn 2010 Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN

Cattle Ranching And Biodiversity Conservation As Allies In South America’S Flooded Savannas, Almira Hoogesteijn, Rafael Hoogesteijn

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

Cattle ranching in Latin America supports wildlife conservation. Ranching probably represents one of the few land uses in which we can advance conservation goals. The approximately 950,000 km2 of Bolivian, Brazilian, Paraguayan, Colombian, and Venezuelan savannas that are privately owned and dedicated to meat production provide a model for conservation programs. We present a geographic and historical description that covers several centuries and ends with descriptions of seven successful cattle ranches (three in the Venezuelan Llanos and four in the Brazilian Pantanal) where cattle ranching, ecotourism, and wildlife conservation coexist. These three activities support each other: tourism creates additional ...


Global Trends In Private Protected Areas And Their Implications For The Northern Great Plains, Jeff Langholz 2010 Monterey Institute of International Studies

Global Trends In Private Protected Areas And Their Implications For The Northern Great Plains, Jeff Langholz

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

Like many parts of the world, the Northern Great Plains faces immense challenges to sustainable land use. Privately owned conservation areas have emerged as a potential solution. This article reviews five global trends in so-called private protected areas and discusses their implications for the Northern Great Plains. The trends point to five recommendations to the Northern Great Plains community: (1) act now to tap rapidly growing policy support; (2) combine many models, including private protected areas that are owned by individuals and groups, formal and informal, large and small, and are dedicated to strict protection as well as sustainable use ...


News And Notes Great Plains Studies (Spring 2010), 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

News And Notes Great Plains Studies (Spring 2010)

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

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Conservation And Economic Lessons Learned From Managing The Namibrand Nature Reserve, Nils Odendaal, Danica Shaw 2010 NamibRand Nature Reserve

Conservation And Economic Lessons Learned From Managing The Namibrand Nature Reserve, Nils Odendaal, Danica Shaw

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

The NamibRand Nature Reserve, located in southern Namibia, is a private nature reserve established to protect and conserve the unique ecology and wildlife of the southwest Namib Desert. At 172,200 ha, NamibRand is one of the largest private conservation areas in southern Africa. The reserve consists of 13 former livestock farms rehabilitated into a continuous natural conservation area and shares a 100 km border with the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The reserve is a model for private conservation in southern Africa, as it demonstrates holistic biodiversity conservation balanced with financial sustainability. Innovative approaches to resource management ensure that this critical ...


Lessons Learned From Biodiversity Conservation In The Private Lands Of Laikipia, Kenya, Siva R. Sundaresan, Corinna Riginos 2010 Denver Zoological Foundation

Lessons Learned From Biodiversity Conservation In The Private Lands Of Laikipia, Kenya, Siva R. Sundaresan, Corinna Riginos

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

Increasingly, private land around the world is being set aside for conservation. The Laikipia District in Kenya is one area where wildlife conservation has been relatively successful on privately owned lands. This region supports a higher diversity of large mammals than any other region in East Africa, yet only 2% of the district is formally protected. Land is mostly owned and managed by private ranchers or groups of Maasai families on “group ranches.” In most private ranches, wildlife conservation and tourism have become important sources of revenue over the last two decades. Wildlife, once merely tolerated, are now considered desirable ...


The World’S Temperate Grasslands Conservation Priorities Great Plains Studies (Spring 2010), 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

The World’S Temperate Grasslands Conservation Priorities Great Plains Studies (Spring 2010)

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

Plate 2. Identified priorities for conservation of the world’s temperate grasslands. Figure produced by Department of Geography, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2009.


Book Review: Prairie Dogs: Communication And Community In An Animal Society By C.N. Slobodchikoff, Bianca S. Perla, And Jennifer L. Verdolin, Daniel T. Blumstein 2010 University of California Los Angeles

Book Review: Prairie Dogs: Communication And Community In An Animal Society By C.N. Slobodchikoff, Bianca S. Perla, And Jennifer L. Verdolin, Daniel T. Blumstein

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

Prairie dogs (genus Cynomys) are midsized ground squirrels and a sentinel of the Great Plains’ health. Where there are prairie dogs, there are predators. Where there are prairie dogs, the soil is turned over and aerated. Where there are prairie dogs, plant biodiversity is maintained by their intermittent disturbance. Sadly, prairie dogs are vilified by humans: they are shot, poisoned, drowned, sucked out of their burrows with high powered vacuums, and their habitats paved over and converted to housing and shopping centers. In this book, the authors tell us about their studies of social behavior and communication in Gunnison’s ...


Book Review: North For The Harvest: Mexican Workers, Growers, And The Sugar Beet Industry By Jim Norris, Maria S. Arbelaez 2010 University of Nebraska at Omaha

Book Review: North For The Harvest: Mexican Workers, Growers, And The Sugar Beet Industry By Jim Norris, Maria S. Arbelaez

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

From its origins at the end of the 19th century, the American sugar beet industry has been linked to Mexican immigrant labor. Moreover, the painstaking job of thinning, topping, and harvesting the large and heavy beets became an almost entirely Mexican labor specialty by the turn of the 20th century. Betabeleros, as the Mexican and Mexican-American laborers were and are known, sojourned north from the borderlands to Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, South and North Dakota, Michigan, and Minnesota fields. In each of these states, the sugar beet industry willingly pursued immigrant labor to do the work while immigrant networks did much ...


Book Review: The Power Of The Texas Governor: Connally To Bush By Brian Mccall, Sean P. Cunningham 2010 Texas Tech University

Book Review: The Power Of The Texas Governor: Connally To Bush By Brian Mccall, Sean P. Cunningham

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

According to Brian McCall, a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives since 1991, the governorship of Texas is an office designed for individuals with the ability to project power in creative ways—beyond the mere execution of expressed authority, and with the complementary skill of a strong vision-casting and agenda-setting leadership style. Put another way, in The Power of the Texas Governor: Connally to Bush, McCall, who equates power to “a social game,” boldly claims that the Texas governorship stands as among the best laboratories for any study of human behavior. McCall attempts to use that laboratory to ...


Book Review: James Lovelock: In Search Of Gaia By John Gribbin And Mary Gribbin, R.F. Diffendal Jr. 2010 University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Book Review: James Lovelock: In Search Of Gaia By John Gribbin And Mary Gribbin, R.F. Diffendal Jr.

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

My book review editor asked me what might be relevant to the Great Plains in a biography of James Lovelock, a book I’d suggested as worth reviewing in Great Plains Research. I assured him that much in it either is or should be relevant to the Great Plains and to science researchers working on studies of aspects of the Great Plains.

James Ephraim Lovelock, born on July 26, 1919, of fairly humble origins, did not do well in school, partly because he was dyslexic. In spite of this and other health problems over the years, he went on to ...


Book Review: One Hundred Summers: A Kiowa Calendar Record By Candace S. Greene, Phillip Earenfight 2010 Dickinson College

Book Review: One Hundred Summers: A Kiowa Calendar Record By Candace S. Greene, Phillip Earenfight

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

In One Hundred Summers, Candace Greene examines a recently discovered bundle of heavily worn Kiowa calendar drawings by one of the great Kiowa calendar keepers, Silver Horn, now in the collections of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (SNOMNH). The loose drawings, once bound in a ledger book, document events from 1828 to 1929, a period that brought unprecedented change to the Kiowas.

Greene opens her study with an introduction to the Kiowa calendar tradition, followed by two shorter chapters dealing specifically with Silver Horn’s calendar at the SNOMNH. Chapter 4 presents the 64 surviving sheets that ...


Book Review: Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration: Five Case Studies From The United States Edited By Mary Doyle And Cynthia A. Drew, Rich Walters 2010 The Nature Conservancy

Book Review: Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration: Five Case Studies From The United States Edited By Mary Doyle And Cynthia A. Drew, Rich Walters

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

This book focuses on how the adaptive management process is driving watershed-wide, science-based collaborative restoration efforts in the Everglades, the Platte River Basin, the California Bay-Delta, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Upper Mississippi River. The adaptive management process, driven by a federal mandates, is used in each restoration project to resolve scientific uncertainties as well as conflicts among diverse local stakeholders. All five case studies deal with the overarching issue of water quality and quantity. Restoring historic hydrologic regimes in areas where human developments have altered hydrology is the ecological goal of each of these projects. This conflict between consumptive ...


The Role Of Conservation Research And Education Centers In Growing Nature-Based Tourism, Richard Edwards, Eric Thompson 2010 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Role Of Conservation Research And Education Centers In Growing Nature-Based Tourism, Richard Edwards, Eric Thompson

Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences

There are increasing numbers of private (nonprofit and for-profit) centers that carry out conservation research and education in locations of environmental concern. Such centers generate revenue streams that directly support conservation programs and also sustain surrounding human communities. This paper assesses the size of the centers’ economic impacts. We conducted separate studies of the economic impacts of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (Namibia) and (jointly) the Rowe Bird Sanctuary and Whooping Crane Trust (central Nebraska, USA). We collected data on direct expenditures and surveyed visitors and volunteers on their spending. For the Cheetah Conservation Fund, we estimate total economic impact using ...


Kink On Tap: Sexuality Netcast, Margot Weiss 2010 Wesleyan University

Kink On Tap: Sexuality Netcast, Margot Weiss

Margot Weiss

No abstract provided.


The Cultural Politics Of Human Rights: Comparing The Us And Uk, James Dawes 2010 Macalester College

The Cultural Politics Of Human Rights: Comparing The Us And Uk, James Dawes

James Dawes

No abstract provided.


It's Enouch To Make You Die Laughing, Michael I. Niman Ph.D. 2010 Buffalo State College

It's Enouch To Make You Die Laughing, Michael I. Niman Ph.D.

Michael I Niman Ph.D.

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