Forest Forensics

A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape
Author: Tom Wessels
Publisher: The Countryman Press
ISBN: 0881509183
Category: Nature
Page: 160
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This is a field guide that residents and visitors, landowners and foresters, students and hikers, and anyone who walks in the woods of the Northeast can use to discern the history of virtually any piece of land. What is the evidence: Are trees old or young? Are they standing or have they fallen? Did they snap mid-trunk or tip up with their roots? What is the human footprint on the land - stone walls, open fields - and how has it influenced the landscape? If you ever come across a place so unique, so damaged, or so lovely that it made you wonder how it arrived at that state and what it looked like a hundred years ago, you've finally go the key to deciphering that mystery in Forest Forensics.

Reading the Forested Landscape

A Natural History of New England
Author: Tom Wessels
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780881504200
Category: Nature
Page: 199
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Chronicles the forest in New England from the Ice Age to current challenges

Exploring Stone Walls

A Field Guide to New England's Stone Walls
Author: Robert Thorson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9780802719263
Category: Nature
Page: 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.

Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England

Author: Kenn Kaufman,Kimberly Kaufman
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 061845697X
Category: Nature
Page: 416
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Presents an illustrated field guide to the plants, wildlife, night sky, and natural environments of New England.

Reading the Landscape of America

Author: May Theilgaard Watts
Publisher: Nature Study Guild Publishers
ISBN: 9780912550237
Category: Science
Page: 354
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In this natural history classic, the author takes the reader on field trips to landscapes across America, both domesticated and wild. She shows how to read the stories written in the land, interpreting the clues laid down by history, culture, and natural forces. A renowned teacher, writer and conservationist in her native Midwest, Watts studied with Henry Cowles, the pioneering American ecologist. She was the first to explain his theories of plant succesion to the general public. Her graceful, witty essays, with charming illustrations by the author, are still relevant and engaging today, as she invites us to see the world around us with fresh eyes.

The Myth of Progress

Toward a Sustainable Future
Author: Tom Wessels
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 1611684161
Category: Science
Page: 155
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A provocative critique of Western progress from a scientific perspective

Forests in Time

The Environmental Consequences of 1,000 Years of Change in New England
Author: David R. Foster
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300115376
Category: History
Page: 477
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The Eastern Hemlock, massive and majestic, has played a unique role in structuring northeastern forest environments, from Nova Scotia to Wisconsin and through the Appalachian Mountains to North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. A "foundation species” influencing all the species in the ecosystem surrounding it, this iconic North American tree has long inspired poets and artists as well as naturalists and scientists. Five thousand years ago, the hemlock collapsed as a result of abrupt global climate change. Now this iconic tree faces extinction once again because of an invasive insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid. Drawing from a century of studies at Harvard University’s Harvard Forest, one of the most well-regarded long-term ecological research programs in North America, the authors explore what hemlock’s modern decline can tell us about the challenges facing nature and society in an era of habitat changes and fragmentation, as well as global change.


A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast
Author: Michael Wojtech,Tom Wessels
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781584658528
Category: Nature
Page: 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

A Natural History of America's Mountain Domes, from Acadia to Yosemite
Author: Tom Wessels,Brian D. Cohen
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780881505283
Category: Nature
Page: 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.

American Canopy

Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation
Author: Eric Rutkow
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439193584
Category: History
Page: 406
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Explains how the story of trees in America reflects the nation's history, discussing the use of pines for British warships, the California orange groves that lured pioneers, and the enduring symbolism of trees for communities.

Naturally Curious Day by Day

A Photographic Field Guide and Daily Visit to the Forests, Fields, and Wetlands of Eastern North America
Author: Mary Holland
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0811765598
Category: Nature
Page: 384
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This follow-up to Naturally Curious, a National Outdoor Book Award winner, is a day-by-day account of nature observations throughout the year. Daily entries include entertaining and enlightening observations about specific animal or plant activity happening in eastern North America on that date. Set up as a naturalist's journal, entries describe in detail sightings and events in the natural world and are accompanied by stunning color photographs of birds, animals, insects, plants, and more. Essays throughout describe specific events in nature happening during each month, while sidebars supply natural history facts and information pertinent to the topics of the month or the time of year.

The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods

Author: Andrew M. Barton,Alan S. White,Charles V. Cogbill
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 1611682959
Category: Nature
Page: 349
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The ecology of the ever-changing Maine forest

Granite, Fire, and Fog

The Natural and Cultural History of Acadia
Author: Tom Wessels
Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 1512600458
Category: Nature
Page: 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.

Reading Rural Landscapes: A Field Guide to New England's Past

Author: Robert Stanford
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers and Cadent Publishing
ISBN: 0884483703
Category: Nature
Page: 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.

Nature Guide to the Northern Forest

Exploring the Ecology of the Forests of New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine
Author: Peter J. Marchand
Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club
ISBN: 9781934028421
Category: Nature
Page: 173
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"Part field guide, part natural history narrative, this full-color guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club will help you identify and understand the complex influences that shape the flora and fauna of northern New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine."-back cover.

Weeds and Wildflowers in Winter

Author: Lauren Brown
Publisher: The Countryman Press
ISBN: 1581577575
Category: Nature
Page: 256
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The help you need identifying the dormant but visible vestiges of spring and summer wildflowers and other plants. When it was first published, Roger Tory Peterson said of Weeds and Wildflowers in Winter (originally published as Wildflowers and Winter Weeds), "this book will be a joy to those wood-walkers and strollers who have been puzzled by the skeletal remains of herbaceous plants that they see in winter." And indeed, it has been in print for decades, helping both wood-walkers and botanists identify and better understand the weeds we see in winter. This charming guide identifies more than 135 common species of wildflowers and weeds found in the northeastern United States. Each plant is superbly illustrated with a full-page drawing accompanied by an elegant description of the plant's key characteristics. In addition, a step-by-step key to plant identifications and an illustrated glossary of common plant parts and botanical terms make this book an even more valuable resource. If you've ever wanted to know what those plants you see sticking up out the snow are, you'll appreciate this lovely, useful book.

Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources

Author: Donald L. Grebner,Peter Bettinger,Jacek P. Siry
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0123869021
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 508
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Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources presents a broad overview of the profession of forestry. The book details several key fields within forestry, including forest health, economics, policy, utilization, and forestry careers. Chapters deal specifically with forest products and harvesting, recreation, wildlife habitats, tree anatomy and physiology, and ethics. These topics are ideal for undergraduate introductory courses and include numerous examples (mainly graphical) and questions for students to ponder. Unlike other introductory forestry texts, which focus largely on forest ecology rather than practical forestry concepts, Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources encompasses economic, ecological, and social aspects providing a uniquely balanced text. The wide range of experience of the contributing authors equips them especially well to identify missing content from other texts in the area and address topics currently covered in corresponding college courses. 300 original illustrations including line art, graphs, tables and maps Syllabus-planning assistance for adopting professors so that they can add the content to their course materials via the companion website's question-and-answer material for each chapter Contributors are experienced textbook authors with diverse professional backgrounds in forestry