The Nature of New Hampshire: Natural Communities of the Granite State

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This illuminating and instructive book explores New Hampshire’s stunning mosaic of natural communities. In photos, drawings, and accessible text, The Nature of New Hampshire takes you on a tour of landscapes as varied as alpine meadows, tidal marshes, riverbanks, forests, ponds, dunes, and cliffs. Readers will gain a new understanding and appreciation for the state’s exceptional natural heritage. Natural communities are recurring associations of plants and animals found in particular physical environments. They ...
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Overview

This illuminating and instructive book explores New Hampshire’s stunning mosaic of natural communities. In photos, drawings, and accessible text, The Nature of New Hampshire takes you on a tour of landscapes as varied as alpine meadows, tidal marshes, riverbanks, forests, ponds, dunes, and cliffs. Readers will gain a new understanding and appreciation for the state’s exceptional natural heritage. Natural communities are recurring associations of plants and animals found in particular physical environments. They are the dynamic habitats in which native species live. Based on more than twenty years of ecological research, the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau developed the classification of the nearly 200 natural community types presented in this essential guide. The communities are organized into eight categories: alpine and subalpine, rocky ground, forests, peatlands, swamps, marshes, river channels and floodplains, and seacoast.

With gorgeous photographs, informative text, and recommended places to visit, The Nature of New Hampshire provides an important common language for conservation planning and informed land stewardship. Whether used as a field guide or an at-home resource, this book will help readers reconnect with their surroundings, and understand the places they value.

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“Can you compress New Hampshire’s natural beauty into book form? Perhaps not, but a new guide, The Nature of New Hampshire, makes a gorgeous attempt. The volume includes photos, drawings and text describing the state’s incredible diversity.” —Concord Monitor

“A comprehensive guide to the diverse terrain of the Granite State, from seacoast to mountains to marshes and rivers. Treats each region as a whole, looking at geology, flora and fauna. Handsomely illustrated with color photographs.”—Valley News

“Each chapter covers one of eight distinct biophysical natural community groupings in the state, complete with photos, drawings and well-written text.”—Kearsarge Magazine

“The numerous excellent photographs of the habitats and of the plants within them, nearly all of which were taken by the authors, greatly enhance the written habitat descriptions. . . . Recommended.”—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584658986
  • Publisher: University of New Hampshire Press
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 783,472
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

DAN SPERDUTO served as Senior Ecologist for the New Hampshire chapter of The Nature Conservancy and now operates Sperduto Ecological Services LLC in Canterbury. BEN KIMBALL is Senior Conservation and GIS Manager for the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau in Concord.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
About the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau
INTRODUCTION
Natural Communities
The Biophysical Environment
Ecological Patterns and Regions
ALPINE AND SUBALPINE
Alpine Tundra
Subalpine
ROCKY GROUND
Rocky Ridges
Cliffs
Talus
FORESTS
Acadian Spruce - Fir Forests
Laurentian Mixed Forests
Appalachian Oak and Pine Forests
Rich Woods
PEATLANDS
Bogs and Poor Fens
Medium and Rich Fens
SWAMPS
Poor Swamps
Rich Swamps
MARSHES
Drainage Marshes
Sand Plain Basin and Sandy Pond Shore Marshes
RIVER CHANNELS AND FLOODPLAINS
River Channels
Floodplain Forests
SEACOAST
Estuaries
Sand Dunes
Rocky Shores
Appendixes
Global and State Rank Codes for Natural Communities
Natural Communities of New Hampshire (with State Rank)
Glossary
References
Illustration credits
Index
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