The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods

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The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods is both a fascinating introduction to the forests of Maine and a detailed but accessible narrative of the dynamism of these ecosystems. This is natural history with a long view, starting with an overview of the state’s geological history, the reemergence of the forest after glacial retreat, and the surprising changes right up to European arrival. The authors create a vivid picture of Maine forests just before the impact of Euro-Americans ...

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Overview

The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods is both a fascinating introduction to the forests of Maine and a detailed but accessible narrative of the dynamism of these ecosystems. This is natural history with a long view, starting with an overview of the state’s geological history, the reemergence of the forest after glacial retreat, and the surprising changes right up to European arrival. The authors create a vivid picture of Maine forests just before the impact of Euro-Americans and trace the profound transformations since settlement.

Ambitious in its geographic range, this book explores how and why Maine forests differ across the state, from the top of Mount Katahdin to the coast. Through groundbreaking research and engaging narratives, the authors assess key ecological forces such as climate change, insects and disease, nonnative organisms, natural disturbance, and changing land use to create a dramatic portrait of Maine forests—past, present, and future.

This book both synthesizes the latest scientific discoveries regarding the changing forest and relates the findings to an educated lay and academic audience.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Barton’s detailed, 304-page text offers a dynamic look at the ever-changing landscape of the state’s expansive forests, following its unique evolution over thousands of years. . . . Touching on diverse, in-depth scientific pursuits, Barton’s book aims to be a true resource for naturalist and nature lover alike."—Daily Bulldog, Franklin, ME

“A wealth of historical and scientific information.”—Kennebec Journal

“What is clear after reading the book is that these forests and the landscape of Maine have never been truly stable but have been influenced by natural events – some in the deep past and some more recently – as well as by the direct and indirect presence of humans. The book is special because, in a single heavily sourced treatment, readers can get an overview of the complex interactions that determine the fate of the forests in this particular spot on the globe." —Choice

“Writing such a work as this is nearly a lost art. It is neither a technical monograph aimed at a specialist audience nor a broad primer for a lay audience; nor is it a textbook. A willingness and ability to attempt a multifaceted, multidisciplinary set of stories about a forest region is rare. A fairly extensive rummage of the bookshelf is needed to find peer works. . . . Barton, White, and Cogbill have earned their place on this list.”—Environmental History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584658320
  • Publisher: University of New Hampshire Press
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,514,659
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ANDREW M. BARTON is a professor of biology at the University of Maine at Farmington. ALAN S. WHITE is a professor of forest ecology at the University of Maine. CHARLES V. COGBILL is a historical ecologist in Vermont.

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Table of Contents

Preface
THE MAINE WOODS: THROUGH TIME AND ACROSS SPACE
An Ancient Forest in Portland
Moosehead Lake
Maine Forests in Time and Space
About This Book – Appendix 1.1: Common and Scientific Names of Species Used in the Text
FROM ROCKS TO ICE TO FORESTS: HOW DID THE LAND AND FORESTS OF MAINE FORM AND CHANGE OVER GEOLOLGICAL TIME?
The Bog in the Basin
The Dynamic Earth
Origin of the Bedrock of Maine
Climate Change
Deglaciation and the Emergence of Land in Maine
How Glaciation Shaped the Maine Landscape
Life in a New World: The Forest Reconstituted
15, Years: Changing Environments, Changing Forests
Postglacial Animals of Maine
Lessons Learned
THE PRESETTLEMENT FOREST OF MAINE: WHAT WERE THE FORESTS LIKE BEFORE EUROPEAN SETTLEMENT?
Explorers: Observers of Maine’s Presettlement Forest
Land Surveys of Maine’s Presettlement Forest
Paleoecology: Remains from the Past
The Remnant Old-Growth Landscape: “Still Stands the Forest Primeval”
Remnant Old-Growth Stands: Museums of the Past
Conclusion
Appendix 3.1: Observations by Early Explorers of the Forests along the Maine Coast
Appendix 3.2: Observations of Forests by Travelers and Surveyors in the Interior of Maine before Division into Towns
Appendix 3.3: Equivalent Vernacular Names for Maine Trees in Old Records
FROM EUROPEAN SETTLEMENT TO MODERN TIMES: HOW DID HUMAN CULTURE TRANSFORM MAINE FORESTS?
The Perham Farm, Sandy River Valley, Maine
Changes in the Land, Changes in the Forest
Before 1781: Colonial Maine and Its Forests
1781–1840: Settlers Come, White Pine Goes
1840–1880: Into the Interior—Forest Clearing, Tree Harvesting
1880–1920: The Remaking of the Maine Forests
1920–1970: Well-Worn Patterns
1970–2010: Conflict and Change
Maine Forests Today
Appendix 4.1: Chronology of Important Events in the History of the Maine Woods from European Settlement to Today
THE LENGTH AND BREADTH AND HEIGHT OF MAINE: HOW AND WHY DO FORESTS VARY ACROSS THE STATE?
Six Maine Nature Snapshots
Making Sense of the Diversity of Maine Forests
Maine’s Place in the Natural Geography of North America
Dividing Up the State: The Ecoregions of Maine
The Natural Communities of Maine
Why Is Maine Ecologically Diverse?
Putting Classification into Practice: Maine’s Conservation Network
Appendix 5.1: Ecoregional Frameworks in Maine
Appendix 5.2: Seven Ecoregions of Maine
Appendix 5.3: The Natural Community System of Maine
THE FUTURE OF THE MAINE WOODS: WHAT WILL MAIN FORESTS BE LIKE IN THE YEAR 2100?
View from a Maine Woodlot
The Future: Changing Environments, Changing Forests
Changing Nutrient Cycles: Acid Rain and Nitrogen Saturation
Changing Enemies: Invasive Exotic Insects, Diseases, and Plants
Changing Climate
Interacting Stresses and Forest Dieback
The Future of the Maine Woods: Forecasts and Uncertainty
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index

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