Valuing Chaparral

Ecological, Socio-Economic, and Management Perspectives

  • Emma C.  Underwood
  • Hugh D. Safford
  • Nicole A. Molinari
  • Jon E. Keeley

Part of the Springer Series on Environmental Management book series (SSEM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Jon E. Keeley
    Pages 29-51
  3. Megan K. Jennings
    Pages 53-77
  4. M. Kat Anderson, Jon E. Keeley
    Pages 79-121
  5. G. Darrel Jenerette, Isaac W. Park, Holly M. Andrews, Jennifer R. Eberwein
    Pages 141-179
  6. Christopher W. Solek, Vince H. Resh
    Pages 207-244
  7. Emma C. Underwood, Allan D. Hollander, Patrick R. Huber, Charlie Schrader-Patton
    Pages 245-270
  8. Richard W. Halsey, Victoria W. Halsey, Rochelle Gaudette
    Pages 295-322
  9. Alexandra D. Syphard, Teresa J. Brennan, Jon E. Keeley
    Pages 323-346
  10. Edith B. Allen, Kimberlyn Williams, Jan L. Beyers, Michala Phillips, Stephanie Ma, Carla M. D’Antonio
    Pages 347-384
  11. Nicole A. Molinari, Emma C. Underwood, John B. Kim, Hugh D. Safford
    Pages 385-409
  12. Hugh D. Safford, Emma C. Underwood, Nicole A. Molinari
    Pages 411-448
  13. Hugh D. Safford, Emma C. Underwood, Nicole A. Molinari, Jon E. Keeley
    Pages 449-454
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 455-467

About this book


Chaparral shrubland ecosystems are an iconic feature of the California landscape, and a highly biodiverse yet highly flammable backdrop to some of the fastest growing urban areas in the United States. Chaparral-type ecosystems are a common element of all of the world’s Mediterranean-type climate regions – of which California is one – yet there is little public appreciation of the intrinsic value and the ecosystem services that these landscapes provide. Valuing Chaparral is a compendium of contributions from experts in chaparral ecology and management, with a focus on the human relationship with chaparral ecosystems. Chapters cover a wide variety of subjects, ranging from biodiversity to ecosystem services like water provision, erosion control, carbon sequestration and recreation; from the history of human interactions with chaparral to current education and conservation efforts; and from chaparral restoration and management to scenarios of the future under changing climate, land use, and human population. Valuing Chaparral will be of interest to resource managers, the research community, policy makers, and the public who live and work in the chaparral dominated landscapes of California and other Mediterranean-type climate regions.


Chapparral shrublands ecosystem services biodiversity carbon storage sediment erosion retention water quantity water quality recreation flood control Native American use habitat conversion fire return interval Mediterranean-type climate regions conservation

Editors and affiliations

  • Emma C.  Underwood
    • 1
  • Hugh D. Safford
    • 2
  • Nicole A. Molinari
    • 3
  • Jon E. Keeley
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Science and PolicyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  2. 2.USDA Forest ServicePacific Southwest RegionVallejoUSA
  3. 3.USDA Forest ServiceLos Padres National ForestGoletaUSA
  4. 4.U.S. Geological SurveyWestern Ecological Research CenterThree RiversUSA

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