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Dying of the Trees: The Pandemic in America's Forests

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Most of us remember the magic of a certain forest, or a favorite tree. Our children, says writer and conservationist Charles E. Little, probably won't. The forests are declining. The trees are dying. Little shows how logging in the Northwest is far from the whole story, how virtually everywhere in this country our trees are mortally afflicted - even before they are cut. From the "sugarbush" of Vermont and the dogwoods of Maryland's Catoctin mountains to the forests of the "hollows" in Applachia, the oaks and ...
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Overview

Most of us remember the magic of a certain forest, or a favorite tree. Our children, says writer and conservationist Charles E. Little, probably won't. The forests are declining. The trees are dying. Little shows how logging in the Northwest is far from the whole story, how virtually everywhere in this country our trees are mortally afflicted - even before they are cut. From the "sugarbush" of Vermont and the dogwoods of Maryland's Catoctin mountains to the forests of the "hollows" in Applachia, the oaks and aspens of northern Michigan, and the mountainsides and deserts of the West, a whole range of human-caused maladies - from fatal ozone, ultraviolet rays, and acid rain to the disastrous aftermath of clear-cutting - has brought tree death and forest decline in its wake. In his journeys to America's forests and woodlands, Little exhaustively explores this phenomenon with scientists, government officials, and citizen leaders and recounts how they have responded (and in many cases failed to respond) to this threat to global ecological balance.

From the sugarbush of Vermont and the dogwoods of Maryland to the hollows in Appalachia and the mountainsides of the West, a whole range of human-caused maladies--acid rain, ultraviolet rays, and other eco-hazards--has been the cause of major forest decline. Little explores the phenomenon with scientists and government officials, and recounts their respondes to this threat to global ecological balance.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a thoroughly researched book, Little (Hope for the Land) documents the depressing state of U.S. forests. Individual trees are dying at unprecedented rates, numerous woody species are at risk of extinction and the country's forests are disappearing as intact ecosystems. The devastation stretches across the land and is eerily similar to losses observed in Europe. Although the immediate cause of death varies, Little and the numerous ecologists and foresters whom he interviewed argue convincingly that the best explanation is ultimately the environmental havoc humans have wrought. Acid rain, heavy metal contamination, smog, increased ultraviolet rays streaming through the growing hole in the ozone layer and atrocious management of forests-from clear-cutting to fire suppression-have so weakened individual trees, as well as ecosystems, that once-routine pests may now be responsible for destruction on an unprecedented scale. This book should significantly alter the way we think about our relationship to the natural world. (Aug.)
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Environmentalist and journalist Charles Little argues that the present-day phenomenon of widespread tree death in America has less to do with normal rhythms of decline and regeneration than it has to do with the accumulated consequences of some 150 years of headlong economic development and industrial expansion. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140158724
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.94 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2001

    the death of our forests

    All around us a cataclysmic aleration of the Earth's ecosystem is occuring. A significant indicator of this is the state of our forests. Once vast and seemingly limitless, they have now become, through centuries of exploitation and mismanagement, shattered, isolated fragments. And, as environmentalist Charles E. Little points out, our forests are dying as a result. It is a slow and, to the untrained eye, almost imperceptable process. Yet it is occurring, and for this reason Little set out to explore the phenomena, although, as he states in the Preface, he 'did not set out to be an alarmist in this book.' But with the dire state of our forests, Little's discussion of the various problems facing our forests is nothing but alarming. In the end, you will learn, as Little admits, 'that the trees are dying. And that the more trees die, the more will die. I have learned that we have crossed the threshold. And I simply do not know how we can get back safely to the other side.'

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