The Living Earth Book of North American Trees

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A richly illustrated--mostly in good color--celebration of forests and their products. Contains a brief section describing many species. A tiny bibliography of popular works. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Alice Joyce
Reverence for the land and an awareness of environmental issues provided the framework for this informative guide to North American trees. Conveying delight and wonder, Jonas describes the inner workings of trees while voicing concern for their threatened status in the overall ecosystem. Archival photographs, original artworks, and colorful botanical studies illustrate Native American traditions and the colonial American connection with logging. From the foreword, heralding trees as "the lungs of our planet," to the final pages and a discussion albeit a brief one of the greenhouse effect and acid rain, this handsome book presents an expansive view of the tree throughout history.
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The largest and oldest living organisms on earth, trees have a powerful presence all their own, separate and apart from their relationship with the rest of the natural world or their effect on human experience. This book examines the role of trees in the history of North America, a continent whose climactic conditions have encouraged such arboreal extremes as giant redwoods, massive sequoias, mysterious mangroves, scrappy scrub pines, and stately elms and birches. Despite the inclusion of a fact-filled identification guide crammed with full-color photos, readers will never mistake this one-volume reference for just another illustrated encyclopedia of trees. Author Gerald Jonas examines the biological balance involving forests, wildlife, and the environment; the "intimate partnership" between aboriginal natives and the wilderness; and the ways in which American attitudes have shifted from unrestrained consumption to thoughtful management and conservation of one of our most precious natural resources. 10 1/4" x 10 1/4". Color & b&w photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895774880
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Series: Reader's Digest Living Earth Book Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 10.26 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Ch. 1 The Presence of Trees 10
Ch. 2 What Is a Tree? 38
Ch. 3 An Intimate Partnership 66
Ch. 4 An Exploitable Resource 94
Ch. 5 Mining the Forest 124
Ch. 6 Trees - Present and Future 148
Tree Identification Guide 178
Index 210
Credits 214
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