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The Once and Future Great Lakes Country
An Ecological History

Riley, John L.
Publisher:  McGill-Queen's University Press, Canada
Date Written:  15/12/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Pages:  516pp   Price:  $29.95   ISBN:  9780773543881

A passionate, wide-ranging history of the landscapes around the Great Lakes.

The Once and Future Great Lakes Country is a history of environmental change in the Great Lakes region, looking as far back as the last ice age, and also reflecting on modern trajectories of change, many of them positive. John Riley chronicles how the region serves as a continental crossroads, one that experienced massive declines in its wildlife and native plants in the centuries after European contact, and has begun to see increased nature protection and re-wilding in recent decades. Yet climate change, globalization, invasive species, and urban sprawl are today exerting new pressures on the region’s ecology.
Covering a vast geography encompassing two Canadian provinces and nine American states, The Once and Future Great Lakes Country provides both a detailed ecological history and a broad panorama of this vast region. It blends the voices of early visitors with the hopes of citizens now.

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