A History of Florida Forests / Edition 1

A History of Florida Forests / Edition 1

by Barry Walsh
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University Press of Florida


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A History of Florida Forests / Edition 1

Five hundred years ago, when Ponce de Leon landed on the shores of Florida, 27 million acres of virgin timber—chiefly longleaf, slash pine and large areas of cypress, loblolly pine, sand pine, palms, and oaks—covered the land that constitutes the state today. Of the 15 million acres now forested, 12 million are privately held. This lively, 500-year history of Florida’s forests begins before the Spaniards colonized the state, when Native American tribes felled trees to build shelters and canoes, carve ritual masks and weapons, and make firewood. These tribes revered Florida’s forests; they understood the dangers of wildfires set by lightning and were careful when burning underbrush to improve forage or aid in the hunt. Their closeness to nature and dependence on forests for their way of life made Native Americans Florida’s first “forest managers.”
Florida historian Baynard Kendrick offers first-person accounts by the people who explored, logged, reforested, and managed Florida’s forests. His chapters feature correspondence from conquistadors as well as memoirs by early settlers, loggers, and mill operators whose work triggered a forest conservation movement in the 1920s. Commissioned by the Florida Board of Forestry in 1966 on the eve of the environmental era, Kendrick’s manuscript—titled “Florida’s Perpetual Forests”went unpublished for four decades. Barry Walsh has picked up where Kendrick left off, making this the first book to fully document Florida’s forest history through the modern day. Enlightening and accessible to a broad audience, this book will appeal to historians, conservationists, foresters, agricultural leaders, archaeologists, anthropologists, legislators, and many more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813030227
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 06/28/2007
Edition description: First
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Baynard Kendrick (1894-1977) was author of Florida Trails to Turnpikes. Organizer of the Mystery Writers of America, he wrote a series of detective novels, adapted several to movies and TV, and served on the board of Florida Historical Quarterly.
Barry Walsh is a freelance writer and editor who contributes to environmental journals. A columnist for The Longboat Observer, she has served as an editor with the Journal of Forestry and with Selby Botanical Gardens Press in Sarasota, Florida.

Table of Contents

Foreword   L. Earl Peterson     vii
List of Abbreviations     xiii
Florida's Perpetual Forests   Baynard Kendrick, 1967
Introduction     3
Cumbersome with Woods and Bogs     11
Live Oak Plantation at Santa Rosa     31
Heroes of Conservation     55
Native American Timberlands     81
Naval Stores: "Hard Pitche, Tare, Turpentine, and Rozens"     97
Mills, Stills, and Factors     133
Forest Families: Generation after Generation     147
Memoirs of Martin Hoban     167
Water-Powered Sawmills: Down by Ye Olde Mill Stream     187
Putnam Lumber Company     215
Brooks-Scanlon     237
Last of the Giants     257
Towns that Logs Built     287
Wilson Cypress Company     305
Pine Tree Prosperity: Lo, The Lowly Pine Tree!     319
Hardwoods: Coming Full Cycle     339
Busy Acres: Pulp and Paper Tree Farms     359
Forty Years of Forestry: 1927-1967     387
Florida Forestry: Into the New Millennium   Barry Walsh, 2007
Public Forestry: Federal, State, and Local     445
Private Forestry: Nonprofits, Industries, and Family Forests     503
Bibliography     549
Index     563

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