Recommended books

Ecological Disasters (Man-made)

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan


American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn by Ted Steinberg

The Lawn: A History of an American Obsession by Virginia Scott Jenkins


Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch by Dan O’Brien

The Forester’s Log: Musings from the Woods by Mary Stuever

Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors

Hard Scrabble: Observations on a Patch of Land by John Graves

Nature’s Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm – Steven I. Apfelbaum

The Prairie Keepers: Secrets of the Zumwalt by Marcy Houle

Natural History

After the Ice Age: The Return of Life to Glaciated North America by E.C. Pielou

The Cast Iron Forest: A Natural and Cultural History of the North American Cross Timbers – Richard V. Francaviglia

The Emerald Horizon: The History of Nature in Iowa by Cornelia F. Mutel

Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild by Michael Forsberg

Looking for Longleaf: The Rise and Fall of an American Forest by Lawrence S. Early.

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Paul Gruchow

Boundary Waters: The Grace of the Wild

Grass Roots: The Universe of Home

Journal of a Prairie Year

The Necessity of Empty Places


Prairie Time  by Matt White (concerns conservation of the critically endangered Blackland Prairie of Texas)

Where the Sky Began: Land of the Tallgrass Prairie by John Madson

Wildland Fire & Major U.S. Fires

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan

The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57 by John N. Maclean

Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire by John N. Maclean

The Thirtymile Fire: A Chronicle of Bravery and Betrayal by John N. Maclean