USDA Books

  • Air Pollution, Global Change and Forests in the New Millenium

    The chapters in this book present a snapshot of the state of knowledge of air pollution effects at the beginning of the 21st century. From their different disciplines, a distinguished collection of authors document their understanding of how leaves, trees, and forests respond to air pollutants and climate change. Scenarios of global change and air ...

  • Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

    The goal of the book is to examine scientific advances since 2000 that may have increased understanding and options in three general areas related to hypoxia: Characterization the Cause(s) of Hypoxia. The physical, biological and chemical processes that affect the development, persistence and extent of hypoxia in the northern Gulf of ...

  • Responses of Northern U.S. Forests to Environmental Change

    The physical and chemical environmental changes associated with global change have increasingly affected the health and productivity of forest ecosystems. Among the important environmental changes manifested by intensive land use and natural disturbances in the Northeastern and North Central United States are escalating levels of atmospheric ...

  • Forest Landscape Ecology

    The discipline of landscape ecology has matured rapidly over the past few decades, generating a wealth of knowledge that can be used to enhance forest policy development and management. However, much of this knowledge has yet to be applied in practice.Forest Landscape Ecology: Transferring Knowledge to Practice is the first book to introduce ...

  • Forest Landscape Ecology

    The discipline of landscape ecology has matured rapidly over the past few decades, generating a wealth of knowledge that can be used to enhance forest policy development and management. However, much of this knowledge has yet to be applied in practice.Forest Landscape Ecology: Transferring Knowledge to Practice is the first book to introduce ...

  • Environmental Management of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)

    Clean and environmentally sound disposal of animal waste in the quantities that Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) produce can only be described as a challenge. Designed to provide practical information, Environmental Management of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) covers the concepts and practices involved in the ...

  • Environmental Benefits of Conservation on Cropland

    This book is a product of two important changes in U.S. agricultural conservation policy: (1) the advent of the environmental movement and (2) major increases in funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation programs. For decades, the primary purpose of agricultural conservation programs was to improve the productivity of ...

  • The Longleaf Pine Ecosystem

    The longleaf pine ecosystem, once one of the most extensive ecosystems in North America, is now among the most threatened. Over the past few centuries, land clearing, logging, fire suppression, and the encroachment of more aggressive plants have led to an overwhelming decrease in the ecosystem’s size, to approximately 2.2% of its original ...

  • Managing Agricultural Landscapes

    The “Managing Agricultural Landscapes for Environmental Quality: Strengthening the Science Base” workshop was one of a series of activities the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) has undertaken in support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP). The purpose of CEAP can be ...

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