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RMRS-GTR-5: From the Rio to the Sierra: An environmental history of the Middle Rio Grande Basin


Scurlock, Dan. 1998. From the Rio to the Sierra: An environmental history of the Middle Rio Grande Basin. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-5. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 440 p.

Various human groups have greatly affected the processes and evolution of Middle Rio Grande Basin ecosystems, especially riparian zones, from A.D. 1540 to the present. Overgrazing, clear-cutting, irrigation farming, fire suppression, intensive hunting, and introduction of exotic plants have combined with droughts and floods to bring about environmental and associated cultural changes in the Basin. As a result of these changes, public laws were passed and agencies created to rectify or mitigate various environmental problems in the region. Although restoration and remedial programs have improved the overall "health" of Basin ecosystems, most old and new environmental problems persist.

Keywords: environmental impact, environmental history, historic climate, historic fauna, historic flora, Rio Grande


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Chapter 1: Introduction
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Chapter 2: Modern and Historical Climate
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Chapter 3: Human Settlement Patterns, Populations, and Resource Use
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Chapter 4: The Middle Rio Grande Basin: Historical Descriptions and Reconstruction
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Chapter 5: Historical Impacts and Changes: Biotic Resources and Humanpopulations
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Chapter 6: Overview Of Early Scientific Work, Resource Data Collection, Management, And Conservation 1812 - 1982
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Chapter 7: Summary, Conclusions, and Considerations
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Title: RMRS-GTR-5: From the Rio to the Sierra: An environmental history of the Middle Rio Grande Basin
Electronic Publish Date: January 9, 2003
Last Update:
August 15, 2008

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