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

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

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

A rhapsodic argument in pictures and words.--Southern Spaces

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807838099
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/22/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 20 MB
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Meet the Author

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