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Hill Country Ecology

Paperback – July 14th, 2017

Paperback | $27.95Ebook | $9.95

“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot.”
-Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

The Texas Hill Country is a special place. It is its ecology-the combination of the climate, the topography, the creeks and rivers, the plants and animals-that make it so.

This book describes the Hill Country ecology for current, as well as for new and prospective, residents. It seeks to teach readers about the Hill Country, including the native habitat, the land, the water, the plants, the animals, the people, and the myriad interactions among them. It is a series of brief, easy-to-read essays that have originally appeared in the Kerrville Daily Times under his weekly column, “Hill Country Naturalist;’ for the past seven years.

From discovering the lyricism in the grasslands and picturesque creeks to discussions of the issues and concerns of managing rural lands so as to preserve and improve the native habitat, Hill Country Ecology: Essays on Plants, Animals, Water, and Land Management instills a greater love and respect for nature for anyone who cares to read even one essay.

Readers will experience the joy only one can find in observing and interacting with nature-and they’ll find they’re delightfully entertained along the way.


Title: Hill Country Ecology: Essays on Plants, Animals, Water, and Land Management
Author: Jim Stanley
ISBN – Paperback : 978-1-936449-74-3
LOCCN: 2017948518
Pages: 288
Price: Paperback – $27.95. eBook UPDF – $9.95
Trim: Standard Color 8 x 10 in or 254 x 203mm Perfect Bound on
Standard 70 White w/Gloss Lam (Weight: 1.706#)
Publication date: July 14th, 2017

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Editorial Review

"Jim Stanley's longtime experience makes his book the ideal resource for factual, practical, and dependable wisdom about the Texas Hill Country's ecology, and how we should understand and care for all our natural resources." Hill Country Ecology is a pleasurable read, and a valuable resource to everyone who appreciates this special region of our state."
-David K. Langford, Vice President Emeritus, Texas Wildlife Association

"This book is an interesting and informative collection of essays about the Hill Country from a highly qualified and deeply committed conservationist. It will give you a greater understanding and deeper appreciation of nature and how we can become better stewards of the lands, waters and wildlife of this region."
-Steve Nelle, Natural Resource Specialist, USDA/NRCS, Retired