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Life Sciences - Ecology | Mediterranean Oak Woodland Working Landscapes - Dehesas of Spain and Ranchlands of California

Mediterranean Oak Woodland Working Landscapes

Dehesas of Spain and Ranchlands of California

Series: Landscape Series, Vol. 16

Campos, P., Huntsinger, L., Oviedo, J.L., Starrs, P.F., Diaz, M., Standiford, R., Montero, G. (Eds.)

2013, XI, 508 p. 228 illus., 176 illus. in color.

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  • Multidisciplinary, integrative approach considering ecological, biological, economic, human factors in the analysis of two similar ecosystems in different continents
  • Extensive review of common topics with accessible language and contents allowing the reader to increase knowledge of these ecosystems
  • Innovative approach for ecosystem services integration in diverse disciplines, resulting in different messages with implications for conservation, management of two Mediterranean oak woodland ecosystems

The oak tree was a boon companion as humans expanded their presence across much of the globe. While oak woodlands (Quercus spp.) come today in stunningly diverse forms, the stately dehesas of Spain and the dramatic oak-dominated ranchlands of California are working landscapes where cultivation and manipulation for a couple of millennia have shaped Mediterranean-type ecosystems into a profoundly modified yet productive environment that is sought-after by every manner of species.

The grazing of wildlife and livestock in oak woodlands yields a remarkable plant and animal biodiversity, creating a mosaic of habitats and visually pleasing savannas. Added products unique to Spain such as Iberian pigs and cork, and in California multiple landowner benefits, include valued ecosystem services that allow owners, visitors, and conservation supporters to experience the benefits of woodland life. With its 15 chapters a decade in the making, this handsomely illustrated book covers key topics in oak woodland policy, ecology, and management in Spain and California, presenting new research results and reviewing an existing expert literature.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Biological and cultural diversity - Ecosystem services - Livestock and hunting management - Long term integrative management - Oak silviculture and ecology

Related subjects » Ecology - Environmental / Development / Agricultural Economics - Environmental Management - Forestry - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity

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