The Wild Heart of Florida: Florida Writers on Florida's Wildlands / Edition 1

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Eighteen of Florida’s best-loved writers here share with you their affection for Florida’s wild side—the beautiful heart of a state under siege from development.


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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The state of Florida has been loved almost to death. For generations, its diverse and striking natural beauty has attracted tourists, new residents, and, inevitably, speculators and developers who have destroyed or threatened much of the original landscape. Editors Ripple and Cerulean, both Florida-based nature writers, bring together 19 essays by authors who are united in their love and concern for Florida's wilderness. Contributors include novelists, journalists, poets, and scientists, as well as the editors themselves. Their eloquent essays offer elegies for the past and celebrations of what remains of Florida ecosystems, from the Panhandle pine forests to the overcrowded Keys. Appropriately, profits from the book will go to the Florida chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Florida libraries, as well as those interested in environmental writing at its finest, will find this a worthwhile purchase.--Kathleen Arsenault, Univ. of South Florida at St. Petersburg Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813016566
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 134
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author


Jeff Ripple, natural history writer and photographer, is the author of five books of interpretive natural history, including Sea Turtles, Florida—The Natural Wonders, and Southwest Florida’s Wetland Wilderness: Big Cypress Swamp and the Ten Thousand Islands (UPF, 1996). He lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Susan Cerulean, writer and biologist, is co-author of Florida Wildlife Viewing Guide. In 1997, the Governor’s Council for a Sustainable Florida honored her with an Individual Environmental Educator Award. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Forever Wild
Preface: Breaking the Silence
About The Nature Conservancy
"Restorying" Florida 1
From A Land Remembered 5
The Curse of the Medallion 10
A Florida Marriage 20
Through an Open Window 27
The Bird and the Behemoth 33
Islands in Time 43
A Life in the Scrub 51
The Sweet Scent of Pinewoods at Dawn 57
Borderland 69
Brooker Creek 76
The Wild Heart of Florida 82
The Ugliest Beach in Florida 86
Last of the Falling Tide 91
Where the Suwannee Meets the Sea 99
River of Dreams 105
A Valley of Inches: The Headwaters of the Upper St. Johns River 112
A Ribbon of Wilderness: The Savannas State Reserve 119
The Tallahassee - St. Marks Trail 126
Contributors 131
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