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Book Release Celebration Wednesday

October 30, 2014
view of valley, creek and mountains
Among the many images in “Mountains and Plains,” this landscape shows Gannett Peak with Dinwoody Creek in the foreground. It was buried in ice from about 21,000 to 16,000 years ago. (Scott Copeland Photo)

The release of the second edition of "Mountains and Plains: The Ecology of Wyoming Landscapes" will be celebrated Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 5-8 p.m. at the University of Wyoming’s Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center at 10th and Lewis streets.

Written by Dennis Knight, George Jones, William Reiners and William Romme, the book is a popular resource for land managers, teachers, scientists, students and enthusiasts. It is enhanced with color illustrations, additional chapters and new maps. 

Celebration activities include a welcome reception and concert featuring cello and guitar by Julian Saporiti and Stephanie Flores at 5 p.m., followed at 6 p.m. with comments by the authors. A book sale and signing by the authors is scheduled for 7 p.m., with appetizers and beverages provided.

“Mountains and Plains” (October 2014, Yale University Press) synthesizes research done during the last 20 years on topics such as the effects of climate change, fire management, habitat fragmentation and wolf reintroduction.

Knight, former chair of the UW Department of Botany, published the first edition in 1994. Jones, associate director of the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, has expertise in wetlands and sagebrush ecology; Reiners is professor emeritus in the UW Department of Botany with expertise in ecosystem dynamics; and Romme is professor emeritus at Colorado State University with expertise in forest ecology and the greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

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