This book celebrates the natural history of the Klamath Mountains of northwest California and southwest Oregon through stories of diversity and resilience over deep time.
Shaped by geology, these mountains form an ancient jigsaw puzzle and topographic mosaic dissected by big-shouldered river canyons and sharp ridgelines that create localized climatic gradients. Within the geomorphic province, the rocks are much older than in surrounding regions. This dichotomy has allowed many distinct evolutionary lineages of plants and animals to adapt, survive, and sometimes speciate where elsewhere they became extirpated long ago.
The Klamath Mountains: A Natural History
- Describes and documents one of the most biodiverse temperate mountain ranges on Earth.
- The first comprehensive Natural History written for this region.
- 34 contributing authors–all experts in their fields.
- Chapters including Mammals, Birds, Amphibians, Plant Communities, First Peoples, Geology, Climate, Fire Ecology, and much more.
- Full color, rich illustrations, and well-curated photographs bring 496 pages to life!
Table of Contents
- Prologue • David Rains Wallace
- Klamath as a Teacher • Keith Parker, Matt Johnson, Dawn Blake, & Charley Reed
- First Peoples • Frank Lake
- Western Science Arrives • Jim Agee
- Geology • Mark Bailey
- Climate • Rosemary Sherriff, Justin Garwood, & Michael Kauffmann
- Water • Tim Palmer & Justin Garwood
- Fire Ecology • Jeffrey Kane
- Cryptogams • Michael Kauffmann, Jordan Mayor, Dana York, Tom Carlberg, Eric Peterson, and Lucy Kerhoulas
- Plant Communities • Michael Kauffmann, Julie Evens, Julie Kierstead, Michael Murray
- Forest Pests • Chris Lee
- Invertebrates • Michael Kauffmann, Justin Garwood, Len Mazur, Brian Dykstra, Rod Crawford, Dana Ross, and Paul Hammond
- Fishes • Justin Garwood & Andrew P. Kinziger
- Amphibians • Justin Garwood
- Reptiles • Chris Feldman & Justin Garwood
- Birds • Greg Gray, Michael Kauffmann, Dan Barton, & Tiana Williams-Claussen
- Mammals • Karen Reiss, Michael Kauffmann, and Chris Feldman
- Change and Stewardship