Richard Brewer is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University. His books include The Science of Ecology (1994) and The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Michigan (1991).
Brewer (biological sciences, emeritus, Western Michigan Univ.; The Science of Ecology) takes a panoramic view of land conservancy in the United States. Previous works on this topic-almost all of which are out of print-focus on either specific regions or the activities of a specific group. The author lays out a uniquely American movement of preserving natural land through its acquisition by private nonprofit organizations. He presents a bit of its history, dating from the mid-1800s, and insight into the various incarnations that have evolved. Most of the land conservancy activities fall under the sponsorship of more than 1300 small local groups (although Brewer also discusses three major national trusts: the Nature Conservancy, the Trust for Public Land, and Farmland Protection). Having served as president of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, he holds these "small" groups in high esteem, and to that end his book is also a how-to manual on establishing land trusts. Recommended for public and academic libraries supporting environmental policy or ecology programs.-Margaret F. Dominy, Drexel Univ. Lib., Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"A must-read for people interested in land conservation! Written for land trust members, volunteers and supporters - as well as anyone concerned about land use and the environment. This is the first comprehensive treatment of land trusts that combines a historical overview of the movement with more specific information on the different kinds of land trusts that exist and the problems they face." - Land Trust Alliance "Brewer... takes a panoramic view of land conservancy in the United States... [and] his book is also a how-to manual on establishing land trusts. Recommended for public and academic libraries supporting environmental policy or ecology programs." - Library Journal "If you are concerned about your community, or the future of your local trail system, this book would make an excellent addition to your personal library." - American Hiker"