Platte River ecosystem resources and management, with emphasis on the Big Bend reach in Nebraska. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Grand Island, Nebraska

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Title Platte River ecosystem resources and management, with emphasis on the Big Bend reach in Nebraska. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Grand Island, Nebraska
Creator Sidle, John G. and Craig A. Faanes
Subject Ecosystem management; Habitat (Ecology)
Spatial Coverage Platte River (Neb.); Colorado; Nebraska; Wyoming
Description The Platte River and its tributaries drain over 86,000 square miles in Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Many habitats for wildlife, including montane pine forest, native grasslands, and eastern deciduous forest, exist in the Platte River ecosystem. The region is steeped in the history of the settlement of the West. The Mormon and Oregon trails, as well as the railroads played important roles in the early settlement of the region. Enactment of several federal laws to facilitate settlement of the region in the 1880s along with the opening of several railroad lines encouraged residents of the eastern United States to move to the region. Along with human settlement came changes in the character of the ecosystem. Wetlands were drained to accommodate intensified agricultural development. A vast acreage f tall grass prairie was converted to monotypic crop fields. Gravity and center-pivot irrigation systems accelerated the transformation of the native grassland communities. Intensified water withdrawal from the river was responsible for changing the character of riverine habitats. Ecological changes benefited some organisms at the expense of others. Enactment of several federal and state laws to conserve fish, wildlife, and ecosystems now plays a role to protect remaining Platte River system biodiversity. In this paper, we present an inventory of some of the ecosystem resources and describe some of the impacts to habitats and species that have occurred in the face of human development. We discuss a series of management alternatives that should be considered to maintain the integrity of the remaining biodiversity.
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributors US Fish and Wildlife Service
Date 1997
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Digitization Specifications pdf file copied from USGS website (http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/habitat/plrivmgt/plrivmgt.htm). Uploaded into CONTENTdm version 3.7.
Identifier http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/habitat/plrivmgt/plrivmgt.htm
Source Sidle, John G. and Craig A. Faanes, Platte River ecosystem resources and management, with emphasis on the Big Bend reach in Nebraska. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Grand Island, Nebraska, Jamestown, North Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online, 261p.
Language eng
Rights Management Public Domain, Courtesy of the USGS
Holding Institution University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Kristin Willmore
ARK ark:/87278/s6cr5s8h
Setname wwdl_er
Date Created 2005-08-23
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 1145795
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6cr5s8h
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