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Mediterranean Oak Woodland Working Landscapes

Dehesas of Spain and Ranchlands of California

  • Pablo Campos
  • Lynn Huntsinger
  • Jose Luis Oviedo Pro
  • Paul F Starrs
  • Mario Diaz
  • Richard B Standiford
  • Gregorio Montero

Part of the Landscape Series book series (LAEC, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Setting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lynn Huntsinger, Pablo Campos, Paul F. Starrs, José L. Oviedo, Mario Díaz, Richard B. Standiford et al.
      Pages 3-23
    3. Peter S. Alagona, Antonio Linares, Pablo Campos, Lynn Huntsinger
      Pages 25-58
  3. Vegetation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Sonia Roig, Rand R. Evett, Guillermo Gea-Izquierdo, Isabel Cañellas, Otilio Sánchez-Palomares
      Pages 61-89
    3. Susanne Schnabel, Randy A. Dahlgren, Gerardo Moreno-Marcos
      Pages 91-121
    4. Fernando Pulido, Doug McCreary, Isabel Cañellas, Mitchel McClaran, Tobias Plieninger
      Pages 123-144
    5. Gerardo Moreno, James W. Bartolome, Guillermo Gea-Izquierdo, Isabel Cañellas
      Pages 145-179
    6. Walter D. Koenig, Mario Díaz, Fernando Pulido, Reyes Alejano, Elena Beamonte, Johannes M. H. Knops
      Pages 181-209
  4. Management, Uses, and Ecosystem Response

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Mario Díaz, William D. Tietje, Reginald H. Barrett
      Pages 213-243
    3. Richard B. Standiford, Paola Ovando, Pablo Campos, Gregorio Montero
      Pages 245-271
    4. Juan de Dios Vargas, Lynn Huntsinger, Paul F. Starrs
      Pages 273-310
    5. Luke T. Macaulay, Paul F. Starrs, Juan Carranza
      Pages 311-350
  5. Economics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. Alejandro Caparrós, Lynn Huntsinger, José L. Oviedo, Tobias Plieninger, Pablo Campos
      Pages 353-388
    3. José L. Oviedo, Paola Ovando, Larry Forero, Lynn Huntsinger, Alejandro Álvarez, Bruno Mesa et al.
      Pages 389-424
  6. Landscape

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 425-425
    2. Ramón Elena-Rosselló, Maggi Kelly, Sergio González-Avila, Alexandra Martín, David Sánchez de Ron, José M. García del Barrio
      Pages 427-459

About this book


The oak tree was a boon companion as humans expanded their presence across much of the globe. While oak woodlands (Quercus spp.) come today in stunningly diverse forms, the stately dehesas of Spain and the dramatic oak-dominated ranchlands of California are working landscapes where cultivation and manipulation for a couple of millennia have shaped Mediterranean-type ecosystems into a profoundly modified yet productive environment that is sought-after by every manner of species.

The grazing of wildlife and livestock in oak woodlands yields a remarkable plant and animal biodiversity, creating a mosaic of habitats and visually pleasing savannas. Added products unique to Spain such as Iberian pigs and cork, and in California multiple landowner benefits, include valued ecosystem services that allow owners, visitors, and conservation supporters to experience the benefits of woodland life. With its 15 chapters a decade in the making, this handsomely illustrated book covers key topics in oak woodland policy, ecology, and management in Spain and California, presenting new research results and reviewing an existing expert literature.


Biological and cultural diversity Ecosystem services Livestock and hunting management Long term integrative management Oak silviculture and ecology

Editors and affiliations

  • Pablo Campos
    • 1
  • Lynn Huntsinger
    • 2
  • Jose Luis Oviedo Pro
    • 3
  • Paul F Starrs
    • 4
  • Mario Diaz
    • 5
  • Richard B Standiford
    • 6
  • Gregorio Montero
    • 7
  1. 1., Institute of Public Goods and PoliciesSpanish National Research CouncilMadridSpain
  2. 2., Dept. Environ. Sci. Policy Manage.University of California at BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3., Institute of Public Goods and PoliciesSpanish National Research CouncilMadridSpain
  4. 4., Department of GeographyUniversity of Nevada at RenoRenoUSA
  5. 5., Biogeography and Global ChangeSpanish National Research CouncilMadridSpain
  6. 6., Dept of Environ Sci Policy and ManageUniversity of California at BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  7. 7., Centro de Investigación ForestalInst Nacl Invest Tecnol Agrar AlimentMadridSpain

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“This book builds on the notion of working landscapes - the idea that land-use and biodiversity conservation can be synergetic rather than generate conflicts. … A large number of color photographs adds to a beautiful book - it makes one want to travel through these woodlands on both sides of the Atlantic instantly. This book is a pleasure for those interested in human-nature relationships in Mediterranean-type environments!” (Tobias,, August, 2013)