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Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman : Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland (Hardcover) (Miriam Horn)

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Horn spotlights five people--stewards of the earth--including a Montana cowboy who brings together a band of longtime enemies to protect the epic ranches and untamed wilderness they all love. On the Kansas prairie a man is using “industrial-scale” farming to restore depleted soils cultivated by his family since homestead days. On the Mississippi a scion of an old aristocratic Southern family has joined an ambitious effort to reestablish the river’s natural land-building functions to protect mariners and New Orleans. On the Louisiana bayou, a woman is building alliances to rescue the estuary that harbor the ship and oysters and crabs her community relies on. In the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, beyond the river’s mouth, a commercial fisherman is tangling with fisheries regulators to bring back red snapper and keep his and his buddies’ small business afloat. The Mississippi River watershed is the third largest in the world behind only the Amazon and Congo. The connectivity provided by its thousands of miles of waterways--linking the heartland to the rest of the nation and the world--has been critical to America’s rise and reign as a global economic power. Reaching from the Rockies to the Appalachians and draining 40 percent of the continental U.S., it is central to the American story thanks to Thomas Jefferson. This basin holds most of the nation’s natural wealth and produces most of its mineral and food. This country depends on these grand working landscapes and they, in turn, depend on a small number of people--the families who live by harvesting their bounty. Farmers and ranchers make up just 1 percent of the U.S. population but manage two-thirds of the nation’s land; agriculture has greater impacts on water, land and terrestrial biodiversity than any other human enterprise. F Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 394
Genre: Nature, Technology
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Author: Miriam Horn
Language: English
Street Date: September 6, 2016
TCIN: 51527767
UPC: 9780393247343
Item Number (DPCI): 248-22-5668
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