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

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

by Bill Finch, Beth Maynor Young, Rhett Johnson, John C. Hall
     
 

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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 logging, suppression of fire, destruction by landowners, and a complex web of other factors reduced those forests so that longleaf is now…  See more details below

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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 logging, suppression of fire, destruction by landowners, and a complex web of other factors reduced those forests so that longleaf is now found only on 3 million acres. Fortunately, the stately tree is enjoying a resurgence of interest, and 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.
The authors explore the interactions of longleaf with other species, the development of longleaf forests prior to human contact, and the influence of the longleaf on southern culture, as well as ongoing efforts to restore these forests. Part natural history, part conservation advocacy, and part cultural exploration, this book highlights the special nature of longleaf forests and proposes ways to conserve and expand them.

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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
From the Publisher
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807838099
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/22/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
20 MB
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From the Publisher
Bill Finch's ineffable voice, his passions for plants and place evoke southern place that, paired with Beth Maynor Young's inspiring photographs, create in Longleaf a near-elegiac, clarion call for action. Longleaf, Far As the Eye Can See is the finest natural history of this and the last century, setting a new standard for the genre.—Patricia Adair Gowaty, University of California, Los Angeles

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.
Rhett Johnson is cofounder and president of the Longleaf Alliance, Inc.
John C. Hall is curator of the Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama.

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