Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast

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Many people know how to identify trees by their leaves, but what about when those leaves have fallen or are out of reach? With detailed information and illustrations covering each phase of a tree’s lifecycle, this indispensable guidebook explains how to identify trees by their bark alone.

Chapters on the structure and ecology of tree bark, descriptions of bark appearance, an easy-to-use identification key, and supplemental information on non-bark characteristics—all enhanced by ...

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Overview

Many people know how to identify trees by their leaves, but what about when those leaves have fallen or are out of reach? With detailed information and illustrations covering each phase of a tree’s lifecycle, this indispensable guidebook explains how to identify trees by their bark alone.

Chapters on the structure and ecology of tree bark, descriptions of bark appearance, an easy-to-use identification key, and supplemental information on non-bark characteristics—all enhanced by over 450 photographs, illustrations, and maps—will show you how to distinguish the textures, shapes, and colors of bark to recognize various tree species, and also understand why these traits evolved.

Whether you’re a professional naturalist or a parent leading a family hike, Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast is your essential guide to the region’s 67 native and naturalized tree species.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This reviewer always assumed that bark was too variable to use as a primary characteristic for tree identification, but natural history/tree researcher Wojtech has proven him wrong . . . Recommended.” —Choice

“Periderm and lenticels are generally not topics to inspire poetry or jump-start conversations, but naturalist Michael Wojtech’s Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast may change that. Packed with cocktail-party ready facts and an easy-to-use identification guide for 67 Northeastern species, the surprisingly readable text is a must-have for both tree nerds and new-to-nature types.”—Adirondack Life

“This book will be a great addition to other tree books that we use in the field. No native tree shall go unidentified!”—New York Flora Association Blog

“Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast provides a unique look at some of the most majestic components of the northeastern flora and is a wonderful alternative to more traditional keys based on leaf or twig traits.”—Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584658528
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 195,387
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL WOJTECH edited the journal Whole Terrain and now researches, writes, and teaches about trees and other aspects of natural history. He lives with his family in the woods of western Massachusetts. His website is www.knowyourtrees.com.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
How to Use This Field Guide
Bark Structure
Bark Types
Secondary Identification Keys 1–7
Bark Ecology
Species
Acknowledgments
Suggested Reading
Bibliography
Index
See inside front and back covers for the Primary Identification Key.
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    Posted January 11, 2012

    Highly recommended

    I gave this book to my husband as a gift and he loved it.
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