192 pp., 12 x 10, 160 color plates., 7 halftones, 1 maps, index
A New Vision of North America's Richest Forest
Longleaf forests once covered 92 million acres from Texas to Maryland to Florida. These grand old-growth pines were the "alpha tree" of the largest forest ecosystem in North America and have come to define the southern forest. But logging, suppression of fire, destruction by landowners, and a complex web of other factors reduced those forests so that longleaf is now found only on 3 million acres. Fortunately, the stately tree is enjoying a resurgence of interest, and longleaf forests are once again spreading across the South. Blending a compelling narrative by writers Bill Finch, Rhett Johnson, and John C. Hall with Beth Maynor Young's breathtaking photography, Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See invites readers to experience the astounding beauty and significance of the majestic longleaf ecosystem.
The authors explore the interactions of longleaf with other species, the development of longleaf forests prior to human contact, and the influence of the longleaf on southern culture, as well as ongoing efforts to restore these forests. Part natural history, part conservation advocacy, and part cultural exploration, this book highlights the special nature of longleaf forests and proposes ways to conserve and expand them.
"[Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See] pays tribute to a tree that's been a fixture in the Southern forest for centuries."
--Garden & Gun blog
“I lost several hours paging through the evocative pictures in this book, and the text is equally absorbing.”
--The New York Times
"Longleaf is not a story of loss, but one of deep reverence for the grandeur and mystery of these regions."
“Longleaf makes an insightful and visually attractive read for the nature aficionado or wood enthusiast."
"The lush images and meticulously researched story combine to make the case that restoring longleaf pine is not only possible, but worthwhile."
"This book by Finch and colleagues, with its many beautiful color photographs and well-written text, explains longleaf's history, ecology, and the reasons why it deserves a larger place in contemporary forests. . . . Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers."
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