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Precious Heritage: The Status of Biodiversity in the United
Edited by Bruce A. Stein, Lynn S. Kutner, and Jonathan S. Adams
Oxford University Press. Published March 2000.
"Two conservation groups have produced the most comprehensive look yet
at the United States' creatures, plants, and biomes in a richly illustrated,
400-page tome . . . Included is a first-ever topography showing 'hostpots' of
species richness and rarity."
Science, 17 March 2000
"This landmark book lays the groundwork for protecting
the rich biodiversity found in the United States."
Audubon, September/October 2000
"The study says that new species are being discovered
all the time, and that the United States may actually contain double the number
documented so far. But as new species appear, so old ones disappear. The study
found that 500 native American species had gone extinct or missing, and that
one-third of the remainder are at risk . . ."
Editorial, the New York Times, 17 March 2000
"The book-length study reports that the United States
is a wealthy nation, biologically speaking. It has a greater variety of large-scale
ecosystems (such as prairies, swamps, and tundra) than any other nation, and
is home to many aquatic species found nowhere else."
Popular Science, June 2000
"While the United States has many more native species
of plants and animals than once believed, many could be forever lost if nothing's
done to protect them, a new study says. The findings were based on a review
of 25 years of information compiled, in many cases, by state agencies as part
of natural heritage programs. It is the first time an attempt has been made
to compile the state data into one report."
Associated Press, 17 March 2000
"The inventory of species was conducted over the last
25 years by the conservancy's Natural Heritage Network, made up of survey centers
in all 50 states, most of them parts of state governments and universities.
The network's database on species and ecosystems is widely viewed as the most
complete and detailed in the nation, and is the country's leading source of
biological information for conservation planners, government agencies and land
the New York Times, 16 March 2000
"As a result of this impressive systematic effort, people
in the United States have access to a wealth of information about their biological
heritage, including data on the locations of threatened species and habitats
and the tools to determine what the priorities should be for safeguarding them.
. . . Surely, this marvelous U.S. effort should be extended to other parts of
Editorial, Environment, September 2001
Interview with Bruce
Stein, co-editor of Precious Heritage, National Public Radio's Morning
Edition, March 16, 2000. (Search audio archives for story).