Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See: A New Vision of North America's Richest Forest

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Longleaf forests once covered 92 million acres from Texas to Maryland to Florida. These grand old-growth pines were the "alpha tree" of the largest forest ecosystem in North America and have come to define the southern forest. But a complex web of factors has reduced those forests so that longleaf is now found only on 3 million acres. Fortunately, longleaf forests are once again spreading across the South. Blending a compelling narrative by writers Bill Finch, Rhett Johnson, and John C. Hall with Beth Maynor ...

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Overview

Longleaf forests once covered 92 million acres from Texas to Maryland to Florida. These grand old-growth pines were the "alpha tree" of the largest forest ecosystem in North America and have come to define the southern forest. But a complex web of factors has reduced those forests so that longleaf is now found only on 3 million acres. Fortunately, longleaf forests are once again spreading across the South. Blending a compelling narrative by writers Bill Finch, Rhett Johnson, and John C. Hall with Beth Maynor Young's breathtaking photography, Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See invites readers to experience the astounding beauty and significance of the majestic longleaf ecosystem.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
A fascinating and exquisite new world of astonishing biodiversity is opened up for the reader in Longleaf…I lost several hours paging through the evocative pictures in this book, and the text is equally absorbing.
—Dominique Browning
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"[Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See] pays tribute to a tree that's been a fixture in the Southern forest for centuries."—Garden & Gun blog

"I lost several hours paging through the evocative pictures in this book, and the text is equally absorbing."—The New York Times

"Longleaf is not a story of loss, but one of deep reverence for the grandeur and mystery of these regions."—American Scientist

"Longleaf makes an insightful and visually attractive read for the nature aficionado or wood enthusiast."—Austin American-Statesman

"The lush images and meticulously researched story combine to make the case that restoring longleaf pine is not only possible, but worthwhile."—Nature Conservancy

"This book by Finch and colleagues, with its many beautiful color photographs and well-written text, explains longleaf's history, ecology, and the reasons why it deserves a larger place in contemporary forests. . . . Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers."—Choice

"It deserves a place on the shelves of environmental historians and on the coffee tables of all those who care about the future of longleaf."—H-Net Reviews

"A rhapsodic argument in pictures and words."—Southern Spaces

"A truly lovely coffee table book, which anyone who loves the great outdoors will appreciate."—Doc Kirby, WTBF-AM/FM

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807835753
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/22/2012
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 302,527
  • Product dimensions: 12.50 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Finch is senior fellow at the Ocean Foundation and executive director of the Mobile Botanical Gardens.

Beth Maynor Young is a conservation photographer.

John C. Hall is curator of the Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama.

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