Last Stands: A Journey Through North America's Vanishing Ancient Rainforests

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The remarkable Pacific temperate rainforest has become an endangered landscape, rarer than even the embattled tropical rainforest. In Last Stands, environmental writer Larry Pynn plunges into coastal forests from California to Alaska to explore this unique ecosystem and the complex factors that threaten it." "Whether standing with new-age loggers as they toil beneath the churning blades of a heli-logging operation, witnessing the wolverine's legendary ferocity, bouncing along in the back of a pickup with a couple...
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Overview

The remarkable Pacific temperate rainforest has become an endangered landscape, rarer than even the embattled tropical rainforest. In Last Stands, environmental writer Larry Pynn plunges into coastal forests from California to Alaska to explore this unique ecosystem and the complex factors that threaten it." "Whether standing with new-age loggers as they toil beneath the churning blades of a heli-logging operation, witnessing the wolverine's legendary ferocity, bouncing along in the back of a pickup with a couple of bear hunters, or embarking on a week-long solo hike through an uncharted wilderness, Pynn's approach to understanding North America's temperate rainforest - and the creatures and people connected to it - is as diverse and unconventional as the forest itself. The result is a fascinating book, one part impassioned travelogue and one part natural history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870710278
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 3
1 Seabirds on the Edge: The Sunshine Coast's Marbled Murrelets 11
2 Written in the Wood: The Western Red Cedars of Cascadia 29
3 Winter of the Devil Bear: Wolverines of the Columbia Mountains 43
4 The Cruelest Cut: The Tlingits of Southeast Alaska 57
5 Through the Eyes of the Nitinat Chief: Logging British Columbia's Central Coast 71
6 The Land of Bleeding Giants: California's Redwoods 97
7 Bear Country: Fight at the Top of the Food Chain 109
8 The Secret World of Mushrooms: Oregon's Mushroom Mafia 129
9 The Interior Rainforest: Seven Days Solo in the Granby Wilderness 147
10 On Your Knees for Alaska Man: Prince of Wales Island's Limestone Caves 161
11 The Sky Loggers: Harvesting by Helicopter 175
12 The Salmon Forest: Death and Rebirth on Chichagof Island 189
Epilogue 205
Index 208
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