Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 1999


Published in Great Plains Research 9 (Spring 1999). Copyright © 1999 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


In language accessible to the lay public, Arlene Kwasniak's Reconciling Ecosystem and Political Borders: A Legal Map provides an overview of the bewildering array of legal rights and legislative dictates that influence the ability of land managers to develop scientifically rational programs for ecosystem protection. The book's stated purposes are "to identify and describe all of the numerous ways those with legal rights to affect an ecosystem may affect it, and to try to figure out how to coordinate these numerous ways to maintain and restore ecosystems." The volume focuses deliberately on the use of law to protect ecosystems and largely restricts itself to details of law in the Canadian province of Alberta in the northwest extreme of the Great Plains.