Something So Simple

Buffalograss from Pasture and Range Plants

The Rocky Mountain Land Library was recently surprised with the donation of an extremely thoughtful, and brilliantly conceived collection of books. This anonymous bequest celebrates the natural and cultural history of something so simple, yet so vital — the grasses of the world. Among the collection’s highlights: the vivid illustrations of the neglected classic Pasture and Range Plants, the comprehensive heft of Grasses of Colorado, and the eye-opening span of Grass: In Search of Human Habitat, plus many books on the rich variety of grassland cultures across the globe – from the wild rice waterways of Minnesota to the wind swept steppes of Mongolia. Many, many volumes focus on grassland fauna (especially grasshoppers!), and two distinctive volumes look at one of our most unique grasses: The Book of Bamboo, and the documentary film Trout Grass, which follows the evolution of the bamboo fishing rod, from the forests of China to the workshop of a Montana rod maker.


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