Cache LA Poudre: The Natural History of a Rocky Mountain by Howard Ensign Evans

By Howard Ensign Evans

The Cache l. a. Poudre River and its tributaries move in the course of the significant towns of north relevant Colorado. In 1986, a massive component to the pristine Cache los angeles Poudre and its south fork have been extra to the federal Wild and Scenic River method, the 1st river in Colorado to be included.

With its eloquent and infrequently poetic type, Cache los angeles Poudre explains the usual historical past of the river basin starting within the tundra of Rocky Mountain nationwide Park and tracing the river 80 miles via a number of existence zones earlier than becoming a member of the South Platte simply east of Greeley.

Arguing convincingly a philosophy of ecological accountability, the authors inform this tale with excellent wisdom of the balances in nature and the influence of human intrusion. beautiful element is paid to crops and animals: descriptions of the complicated meanings of birds’ songs, the sexual ritual of bugs, and the struggles among predators and prey elicit brilliant visualization and a thrilling feel of discovery.

An attractive and academic magazine of 2 modern day explorers, Cache l. a. Poudre may well sign up for the ranks of a few of the simplest environmental books written, together with works by way of Enos generators, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and Wendell Berry.

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After a somewhat laborious day, during which it had rained incessantly, we encamped near the end of the pass at the mouth of a small creek, in sight of the great Laramie Plains. Page 2 It is clear from Frémont's description, and from his sighting of the Laramie Plains, that after entering the canyon, he had followed not the main stem of the Cache la Poudre but some distance of the North Fork, before continuing to the north. Frémont called the stream Cache à la Poudre and was the first to provide a description of a portion of it, but he was not the first to visit it.

Almost all are perennials, growing each season from a rootstock containing food reserves. There would often not be time for seeds to germinate and plants to become established. While stems are short, flowers are often as large as those of lower altitudes. Alpine sunflowers, perhaps the showiest flowers of the tundra, have blossoms two to three inches across, though the stems rarely exceed six to eight inches. Perhaps Page 25 Alpine buttercups spring form the bare, rocky soil of the tundra. " Still another name for them is Rydbergia, after their discoverer, Per Axel Rydberg, a Swedish emigré who spent many years roaming the Rockies and in 1906 wrote the pioneering Flora of Colorado.

48-1984 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Evans, Howard Ensign. 1st ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index. ISBN 0-87081-188-6 (alk. , alk. paper) 1. Natural historyColoradoCache la Poudre River Region. 2. Stream ecologyColoradoCache la Poudre River. 3. ) I. Evans, Mary Alice. II. Title. 788'68dc2090-13076 CIP Page v Contents Preface vii 1. The Setting 1 2. The High Country 21 3. Through Mountain Meadows and Forests 37 4. A Canyon for Everyone 61 5. A Closer Look at the River 95 6.

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