Title: Natural Treasures of the Great Plains: An Ecological Perspective
Editors: Tom Lynch, Paul A. Johnsgard, Jack Phillips
Publisher: Prairie Chronicles Press in partnership with the Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition
This anthology gathers essays originally published from 2007–14 in the regional journal Prairie Fire into a volume designed to encourage ecotourism. The phrase “natural treasures” in the title describes what visitors, newcomers, and longtime residents alike might encounter and learn to love in the Great Plains (especially in Nebraska): indigenous and pioneer human cultures, fossils and rocks, grasslands and forests, watersheds and wetlands, plants and animals. Although the book’s twenty-six essays are grouped into four sections based on their topics, their writers collectively take an “ecological perspective” that emphasizes connections between creatures, habitats, and larger forces.