Green Phoenix: Restoring the Tropical Forests of Guanacaste, Costa Rica / Edition 1

Green Phoenix: Restoring the Tropical Forests of Guanacaste, Costa Rica / Edition 1

by William Allen, Samantha Burton
     
 

Can we prevent the destruction of the world's tropical forests? In the fire-scarred hills of Costa Rica, award-winning science writer William Allen found a remarkable answer: we can not only prevent their destruction—we can bring them back to their former glory.
In Green Phoenix, Allen tells the gripping story of a large group of Costa Rican and

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Can we prevent the destruction of the world's tropical forests? In the fire-scarred hills of Costa Rica, award-winning science writer William Allen found a remarkable answer: we can not only prevent their destruction—we can bring them back to their former glory.
In Green Phoenix, Allen tells the gripping story of a large group of Costa Rican and American scientists and volunteers who set out to save the tropical forests in the northwestern section of the country. It was an area badly damaged by the fires of ranchers and small farmers; in many places a few strands of forest strung across a charred landscape. Despite the widely held belief that tropical forests, once lost, are lost forever, the team led by the dynamic Daniel Janzen from the University of Pennsylvania moved relentlessly ahead, taking a broad array of political, ecological, and social steps necessary for restoration. They began with 39 square miles and, by 2000, they had stitched together and revived some 463 square miles of land and another 290 of marine area. Today this region is known as the Guanacaste Conservation Area, a fabulously rich landscape of dry forest, cloud forest, and rain forest that gives life to some 235,000 species of plants and animals. It may be the greatest environmental success of our time, a prime example of how extensive devastation can be halted and reversed.
This is an inspiring story, and in recounting it, Allen writes with vivid power. He creates lasting images of pristine beaches and dense forest and captures the heroics and skill of the scientific teams, especially the larger-than-life personality of the maverick ecologist Daniel Janzen. It is a book everyone concerned about the environment will want to own.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195161779
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
1,375,380
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

William Allen is an award-winning science writer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His reporting on tropical forests has appeared in such publications as The Sciences, BioScience, and Harvard. He lives in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Contrafuego
Part I: In the Place of the Tree with Ears
1. The Nucleus
2. Cañón del Tigre
3. The Ant and the Acacia
4. The Tree with Ears
5. The Fires of Guanacaste
6. The Living Dead
7. The Battle Plan
Part II: Advancing through the World of Wounds
8. A Tropical Christmas Catalogue
9. Earthquakes
10. Little Dances
11. The Clifftop and the Volcano
12. Home Runs
13. The Green Magician
14. Touch of the Money Spider
Part III: The Rising Phoenix
15. Area de Conservación Guanacaste
16. A Time of War
17. The Vigilant
18. Life Jackets
Epilogue: Lessons from a Tropical Kitty Hawk
Bibliography
Index

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