Biogeochemistry of a Subalpine Ecosystem

Loch Vale Watershed

  • Jill Baron

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 90)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jill Baron
    Pages 1-11
  3. Jill Baron, A. Scott Denning
    Pages 28-47
  4. Jill Baron, A. Scott Denning, Paul McLaughlin
    Pages 48-75
  5. Mary A. Arthur
    Pages 76-92
  6. M. Alisa Mast
    Pages 93-107
  7. Jill Baron, P. Mark Walthall, M. Alisa Mast, Mary A. Arthur
    Pages 108-141
  8. Jill Baron
    Pages 142-186
  9. Sarah A. Spaulding, Mitchell A. Harris, Diane M. McKnight, Bruce D. Rosenlund
    Pages 187-217
  10. Jill Baron
    Pages 218-231
  11. Jill Baron
    Pages 232-236
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 237-249

About this book

Introduction

Rocky Mountain National Park was established in 1915, one year before the creation of the National Park Service. The mandate of the National Park Service is to preserve and protect areas of exquisite beauty and cultural value for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. National parks mean many things to many people, and, in often stirring words, a National Parks and Conservation Association report states the National Park System is a magnificent and uniquely American gift to the American people and the world. In the early years of the Service, park superintendents actively promoted and developed parks to accommodate visitors. Then, as now, parks represented a democratic ideal, that even the greatest treasures should be available to all. Seventy five years ago, however, park managers saw little need for active management of natural resources, unless it was to enhance visitors' experience. And few managers saw the need for a stable and independent research program on which to base management decisions. Thus began a legacy of erratic, often passive, resource management based more on politics and in-house studies than on validated scientific informa­ tion. The world is a different place than it was 75 years ago. Human population growth, changes in land use, and ever more sophisticated technology affect the very fabric of life on Earth. As local-, regional-, and global-scale changes occur from human tampering with the environment, the integrity of natural ecosystems is threatened worldwide.

Keywords

base chemistry ecosystem environment geochemistry natural resources poison vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Jill Baron
    • 1
  1. 1.National Park Service Water Resource Division Natural Resource Ecology LaboratoryColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-2788-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7670-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-2788-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
  • About this book