Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests

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Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award

A natural history primer packed with travel ideas, this tour of 26 old-growth forests—one in each state east of the Mississippi River and all open to the public—aims to dispel the misconception that these forests are located only on the west coast. With intelligence and lyricism, the book highlights the adventure in getting to each forest and what visitors will find when they arrive. From giant hemlock groves in Pennsylvania to a lonely stand ...

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Overview

Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award

A natural history primer packed with travel ideas, this tour of 26 old-growth forests—one in each state east of the Mississippi River and all open to the public—aims to dispel the misconception that these forests are located only on the west coast. With intelligence and lyricism, the book highlights the adventure in getting to each forest and what visitors will find when they arrive. From giant hemlock groves in Pennsylvania to a lonely stand of pines in Wisconsin, each journey provides face-to-face experiences with forests containing majestic trees and a rich diversity of life. As an impassioned plea to preserve and support the few untouched stretches of forest that remain, the discussion touches upon the perseverance of these locations despite modern development, as well as the vital link between old-growth forests and humanity’s own survival.

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“This is a guide that could change your life, or at least the way you see America. Joan Maloof takes you on ecological, spiritual, and aesthetic tramps through the very best that remains of the eastern forest.”  —Tom Horton, author, An Island Out of Time and Turning the Tide: Saving the Chesapeake Bay

“A gift for people from all walks of life. It is a guidebook not only to beautiful, sacred places, but also to reconnecting to the reverence for our beautiful planet we call home.”  —Julia Butterfly Hill, author, The Legacy of Luna

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983011101
  • Publisher: Ruka Press
  • Publication date: 5/17/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 438,659
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Maloof is professor emeritus of biology and environmental studies at Salisbury University and director of the nonprofit Old Growth Forest Network. She lives in Quantico, Maryland.
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Table of Contents

Preface XIII

Southern Forests

Alabama: Sipsey Wilderness, William B. Bankhead National Forest The Tree…Being still and paying attention 2

Tennessee: Falls Branch, Cherokee National Forest Muir's footsteps…Yellow buckeye…A water fall…Floating 8

North Carolina: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Burials…Children…Tulip poplar trees…Ravenel's Woods 16

South Carolina: Congaree National Park Rain…A floodplain forest…Woodpeckers 24

Florida: Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park A rare type…Poisonwood…Wood of life…Butterflies and crab wood… Paul Ehrlich 30

Georgia: Moody Forest Natural Area The song of the pines…The Moody legacy…Wildflowers and beetles…Fire 38

Mississippi: Bienville Pines Scenic Area, Bienville National Forest A forest gone missing…Forest management…What could have been 46

Mid-Atlantic Forests

Virginia: Ramsey's Draft, George Washington National Forest The world has changed…Nettles…Adelgid…John Seed 56

West Virginia: Cathedral State Park Arrivals…Partridge berries…Funnel-web spiders…Caterpillars…Drought 62

Delaware: James Branch, Trap Pond State Park Tucker La Prade…Canoeing…The Patriarch…Dragonflies 72

Maryland: Swallow Falls State Park Henry Ford…White wood-sorrel…The uses of forest… Fred Besley 82

New Jersey: Saddler's Woods An urban tract…A freed stave…Land trusts…Near miracles 88

Pennsylvania: Cook Forest State Park Abundance…Chestnut blight…The family Cook…Bacteria 94

Central Forests

Kentucky: Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve Dog…Fraser magnolia…The maze vs. Serra…Smooth rocktripe 104

Illinois: Beall Woods State Park The Bealls…University of Trees…Pawpaw…Butterflies…Patent leather beetles 112

Indiana: Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest Sleeping…Song of the forest…Characteristics of old growth…Individuals 120

Ohio: Johnson Woods State Nature Preserve Death…Whitetail deer…May apples and rust fungus…Lucy Braun 126

Wisconsin: Sand Island, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Balsam fir…Arranging the excursion…Safety training…Where's the old growth? 134

Michigan: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Bluebead lily…The yurt…Hummingbirds, warblers, and thrushes…Phoebe nest…White pine 142

Northeast Forests

New York: Inwood Hill Park Manhattoes…Gingko…Nesting hawks 154

Rhode Island: Oakland Forest Infill…Perc test…Responsible forestry…Health 160

Connecticut: Cathedral Pines Crows…Estimates of natural rotation…Gardens…Controls 168

Massachusetts: Mohawk Trail State Forest Gypsy moth caterpillars…Ruffled grouse…Bob Leverett…Death comes to trees and humans 176

Vermont: Gifford Woods State Park Something wilder…Increment coring…Sugar maples…Slugs 186

New Hampshire: Nancy Brook Natural Area, White Mountains National Forest Red spruce…The hero's journey…The need for eco-reserves 192

Maine: Hermitage Preserve, Gulf Hagas Appalachian Trail…Roxanne Quimby…Baxter State Park…Howland Forest 198

Epilogue 207

Other Forests of Interest 211

Notes 213

Acknowledgments 231

Index 233

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Very interesting!

    I actually bought this after hearing Ms. Maloof speak at Longwood Gardens. Her passion for the Old Growth Forests really inspired me.
    The book brings forth her passion and the fact she gives such details
    (and directions) for the forests is wonderful - I hope I get to visit some!

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