Discovering Alabama Forests

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A visually stunning portrait of Alabama’s precious and majestic forests.
  
Green woodlands dress more than 22 million acres of the Alabama landscape, roughly two-thirds of the state. (Only Oregon and Georgia have a comparable abundance of forested acreage). Moreover, forest diversity in Alabama is greater than in any other region in the United States, with more than 200 kinds of native trees. These mixed forests consist of a great ...

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Overview

A visually stunning portrait of Alabama’s precious and majestic forests.
  
Green woodlands dress more than 22 million acres of the Alabama landscape, roughly two-thirds of the state. (Only Oregon and Georgia have a comparable abundance of forested acreage). Moreover, forest diversity in Alabama is greater than in any other region in the United States, with more than 200 kinds of native trees. These mixed forests consist of a great many hardwoods often thought of as emblematic of other regions: oaks, maples, hollies, elms and five species of buckeyes (Ohio has just two). Also abundant are softwoods and conifers—juniper, hemlock, cypress, and eight distinctive species of pine. As the official state tree, the longleaf pine was once among the most widespread species but decades of over-harvesting have reduced this graceful, fire-resistant tree to a mere remnant of its historical range.
 
In Discovering Alabama Forests, ecologist-educator Doug Phillips and photographer Robert Falls celebrate the current health and diversity of Alabama woodlands while sounding a call for their wise management and protection in the future. As population growth and urban development place new demands on forest communities, Phillips warns, advocates will succeed only if joined by a public spirit of appreciation for the state’s rich forest heritage.
 
With 100 beautiful color photographs illustrating the meticulous text, Discovering Alabama Forests provides an informed and accessible introduction to the ecological, geological, and biological richness of Alabama’s forests, their evolution through history, their contribution to the state’s economy, and the modern perils they face.
  

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Turn around in Alabama and chances are, you'll see nothing but miles and miles of woodlands. These mixed forests cover two-thirds of the state -- more than 22 million acres of greenery. Residents of the Yellowhammer State can boast of more than 200 varieties of native trees, from hearty hardwoods to endangered conifers. Discovering Alabama Forests by ecologist/educator Doug Phillips introduces residents and visitors to the evolution, richness, and diversity of these lush environs. Nature photographer Robert Falls contributes 100 color photographs of this attractive volume.
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“Here in the Deep South, disturbance events are a part of our lives. We have grown accustomed to, if not accepting of, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, pine beetles, floods, and droughts, and so have our forests. That may be the most singular strength of Alabama’s forests. They are amazingly resilient, withstanding the ravages of man and nature. They have generally persevered through repeated assaults from Mother Nature, saws and axes, and even the plow. . . . Discovering Alabama Forests uses the past as prologue, fostering an appreciation of what we have now and might have in the future, and what the loss of our forests would mean for us all. It is a powerful testament to the legacy of our landscape.”—From the Foreword by Rhett Johnson

“This book is an excellent educational resource and overview history of Alabama forests . . . valuable to lay readers but also to professional resource managers, educators, and students.”—Dean Gjerstad, Auburn University and The Longleaf Alliance

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817315252
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2006
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 415,732
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Phillips is Coordinator for Environmental Information and Education with the Alabama Museum of Natural History, producer of the award-winning Public Television series Discovering Alabama, and author of Discovering Alabama Wetlands. Robert P. Falls Sr. is a professional photographer specializing in wildlife and nature whose work has been featured in many national publications and whose book Exploring Gulf Islands National Seashore was published by Globe Pequot Press. Rhett Johnson is Director of the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center in Auburn.

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