Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-358) and index.
The author is a strong critic of ecological practices in the national parks and provides an assessment of the ecological history of Yellowstone's northern range since before the park existed, showing the impact of US Park Service policies on the health of the areas they oversee.
pt. 1. A Yellowstone synthesis. History of the Northern-Range dispute -- pt. 2. Elk population changes and the synthesis design. The census period: 1923-2003 -- Prehistory to the 1880s -- The first "experiment": 1878-1923 -- The 132-year population trajectory and associated synthesis design -- pt. 3. Elk effects on ecosystem structure and function. Influences on upland system structure I: aspen woodland -- Influences on upland system structure II: The sagebrush-steppe subsystem -- Influences on upland system structure III: conifers and deciduous shrubs -- Influences on upland system structure IV: The ungulate guild -- Influences on riparian system structure -- Influences on ecosystem function. I: erosion / Frederic H. Wagner and Richard C. Keigley -- Influences on ecosystem function. II: historical perturbations in small lake basins / Wayne L. Hamilton -- Influences on ecosystem function III: bioenergetics -- Influences on ecosystem function IV: nitrogen biogeochemistry -- Synthesis -- pt. 4. The role of science in policy process. Why the science missed the mark -- The science-policy interface.
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