Forest Forensics A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape

Forest Forensics  A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape Author Tom Wessels
ISBN-10 9781581578577
Release 2010-09-20
Pages 160
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Take some of the mystery out of a walk in the woods with this new field guide from the author of Reading the Forested Landscape. Thousands of readers have had their experience of being in a forest changed forever by reading Tom Wessels's Reading the Forested Landscape. Was this forest once farmland? Was it logged in the past? Was there ever a major catastrophe like a fire or a wind storm that brought trees down? Now Wessels takes that wonderful ability to discern much of the history of the forest from visual clues and boils it all down to a manageable field guide that you can take out to the woods and use to start playing forest detective yourself. Wessels has created a key—a fascinating series of either/or questions—to guide you through the process of analyzing what you see. You’ll feel like a woodland Sherlock Holmes. No walk in the woods will ever be the same.



Reading the Forested Landscape

Reading the Forested Landscape Author Tom Wessels
ISBN-10 0881504203
Release 1997
Pages 199
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Chronicles the forest in New England from the Ice Age to current challenges



The Myth of Progress

The Myth of Progress Author Tom Wessels
ISBN-10 9781611684643
Release 2013-04-09
Pages 176
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A provocative critique of Western progress from a scientific perspective



Exploring Stone Walls

Exploring Stone Walls Author Robert Thorson
ISBN-10 0802719260
Release 2009-05-26
Pages 208
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The only field guide to stone walls in the Northeast. Exploring Stone Walls is like being in Thorson's geology classroom, as he presents the many clues that allow you to determine any wall's history, age, and purpose. Thorson highlights forty-five places to see interesting and noteworthy walls, many of which are in public parks and preserves, from Acadia National Park in Maine to the South Fork of Long Island. Visit the tallest stone wall (Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island), the most famous (Robert Frost's mending wall in Derry, New Hampshire), and many more. This field guide will broaden your horizons and deepen your appreciation of New England's rural history.



Reading Rural Landscapes A Field Guide to New England s Past

Reading Rural Landscapes  A Field Guide to New England s Past Author Robert Stanford
ISBN-10 9780884483700
Release 2015-07-30
Pages 256
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William Faulkner once said, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." Nowhere can you see the truth behind his comment more plainly than in rural New England, especially Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and western Massachusetts. Everywhere we go in rural New England, the past surrounds us. In the woods and fields and along country roads, the traces are everywhere if we know what to look for and how to interpret what we see. A patch of neglected daylilies marks a long-abandoned homestead. A grown-over cellar hole with nearby stumps and remnants of stone wall and orchard shows us where a farm has been reclaimed by forest. And a piece of a stone dam and wooden sluice mark the site of a long-gone mill. Although slumping back into the landscape, these features speak to us if we can hear them and they can guide us to ancestral homesteads and famous sites. Lavishly illustrated with drawings and color photos. Provides the keys to interpret human artifacts in fields, woods, and roadsides and to reconstruct the past from surviving clues. Perfect to carry in a backpack or glove box. A unique and valuable resource for road trips, genealogical research, naturalists, and historians.



Granite Fire and Fog

Granite  Fire  and Fog Author Tom Wessels
ISBN-10 9781512600452
Release 2017-05-02
Pages 168
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Acadia National Park, on Maine's Mount Desert Island, is among the most popular national parks in the United States. From the road, visitors can experience magnificent vistas of summit and sea, but on a more intimate scale, equally compelling views abound along Acadia's hiking trails. Tom Wessels, an ecologist, naturalist, and avid hiker, attributes the park's popularity-and its unusual beauty-to the unique way in which earth, air, fire, and water-in the form of glacially scoured granite, winter winds, fire, and ocean fog-have converged to create a landscape that can be found nowhere else. In this beautifully illustrated book, Wessels invites readers to investigate the remarkable natural history of Mount Desert Island, along with the unique cultural story it gave rise to. This account of nature, terrain, and human interaction with the landscape will delight those who like to hike these bald summits, ride along the carriage roads, or explore the island's rugged shoreline. Wessels concludes with a guided tour of one of his favorite hikes, a ten-mile loop that will acquaint the reader with the diverse ecosystems described throughout his book.



A Landowner s Guide to Managing Your Woods

A Landowner s Guide to Managing Your Woods Author Anne Larkin Hansen
ISBN-10 9781603427302
Release 2011-09-01
Pages 256
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Whether you have a few acres of trees in the suburbs or a small commercial forest, you can encourage a healthy and sustainable ecosystem through proper woodland management. This introductory guide shows you how to identify the type, health, and quality of your trees and suggests strategies for keeping your woodland thriving.



A Natural History of North American Trees

A Natural History of North American Trees Author Donald Culross Peattie
ISBN-10 0618799044
Release 2007
Pages 490
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An informative overview of more than one hundred different tree species describes their physical characteristics, ranges, and the role they played in the history of America.



Forest Ecosystems

Forest Ecosystems Author David A. Perry
ISBN-10 9780801888403
Release 2008-06-19
Pages 606
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This acclaimed textbook is the most comprehensive available in the field of forest ecology. Designed for advanced students of forest science, ecology, and environmental studies, it is also an essential reference for forest ecologists, foresters, and land managers. The authors provide an inclusive survey of boreal, temperate, and tropical forests with an emphasis on ecological concepts across scales that range from global to landscape to microscopic. Situating forests in the context of larger landscapes, they reveal the complex patterns and processes observed in tree-dominated habitats. The updated and expanded second edition covers • Conservation• Ecosystem services • Climate change• Vegetation classification• Disturbance• Species interactions• Self-thinning• Genetics• Soil influences• Productivity• Biogeochemical cycling• Mineralization• Effects of herbivory• Ecosystem stability



Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England

Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England Author Kenn Kaufman
ISBN-10 9780618456970
Release 2012
Pages 416
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Presents an illustrated field guide to the plants, wildlife, night sky, and natural environments of New England.



Bark

Bark Author Michael Wojtech
ISBN-10 1584658525
Release 2011
Pages 264
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What kind of tree is that? From Maine to New York, you'll never be stumped again with this handy companion to the trees of the Northeast, either out in the woods or in your own backyard.



The Granite Landscape

The Granite Landscape Author Tom Wessels
ISBN-10 0881505285
Release 2002-09
Pages 208
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Chronicles and illustrates the natural history of North America's granite summits, introducing the origins of granite domes and mountains in Yosemite National Park, New York's Adirondack Mountains, and Maine's Acadia National Park.



Stone by Stone

Stone by Stone Author Robert Thorson
ISBN-10 0802719201
Release 2009-05-26
Pages 224
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There once may have been 250,000 miles of stone walls in America's Northeast, stretching farther than the distance to the moon. They took three billion man-hours to build. And even though most are crumbling today, they contain a magnificent scientific and cultural story-about the geothermal forces that formed their stones, the tectonic movements that brought them to the surface, the glacial tide that broke them apart, the earth that held them for so long, and about the humans who built them. Stone walls layer time like Russian dolls, their smallest elements reflecting the longest spans, and Thorson urges us to study them, for each stone has its own story. Linking geological history to the early American experience, Stone by Stone presents a fascinating picture of the land the Pilgrims settled, allowing us to see and understand it with new eyes.



Trees of New England

Trees of New England Author Charles Fergus
ISBN-10 0762737956
Release 2005
Pages 313
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"Trees of New England is a natural history of the more than seventy tree species that grow in New England. The book includes detailed illustrations and range maps"--Provided by publisher.



The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods

The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods Author Andrew M. Barton
ISBN-10 9781584658320
Release 2012
Pages 349
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The ecology of the ever-changing Maine forest



Naturally Curious

Naturally Curious Author Mary Holland
ISBN-10 1570764255
Release 2010
Pages 473
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Beginning in the month of March, presents a highly illustrated, month-by-month field guide to the plants, wildlife, and natural environments of New England.



Invasive Plant Medicine

Invasive Plant Medicine Author Timothy Lee Scott
ISBN-10 9781594779060
Release 2010-08-13
Pages 384
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The first book to demonstrate how plants originally considered harmful to the environment actually restore Earth’s ecosystems and possess powerful healing properties • Explains how invasive plants enhance biodiversity, purify ecosystems, and revitalize the land • Provides a detailed look at the healing properties of 25 of the most common invasive plants Most of the invasive plant species under attack for disruption of local ecosystems in the United States are from Asia, where they play an important role in traditional healing. In opposition to the loud chorus of those clamoring for the eradication of all these plants that, to the casual observer, appear to be a threat to native flora, Timothy Scott shows how these opportunistic plants are restoring health to Earth’s ecosystems. Far less a threat to the environment than the cocktails of toxic pesticides used to control them, these invasive plants perform an essential ecological function that serves to heal both the land on which they grow and the human beings who live upon it. These plants remove toxic residues in the soil, providing detoxification properties that can help heal individuals. Invasive Plant Medicine demonstrates how these “invasives” restore natural balance and biodiversity to the environment and examines the powerful healing properties offered by 25 of the most common invasive plants growing in North America and Europe. Each plant examined includes a detailed description of its physiological actions and uses in traditional healing practices; tips on harvesting, preparation, and dosage; contraindications; and any possible side effects. This is the first book to explore invasive plants not only for their profound medical benefits but also with a deep ecological perspective that reveals how plant intelligence allows them to flourish wherever they grow.