Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England

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Countryman Press, 1999 - Nature - 200 pages
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An intrepid sleuth and articulate tutor, Wessels teaches us to read a landscape the way we might solve a mystery. What exactly is the meaning of all those stone walls in the middle of the forest? Why do beech and birch trees have smooth bark when the bark of all other northern species is rough? How do you tell the age of a beaver pond and determine if beavers still live there? Why are pine trees dominant in one patch of forest and maples in another? What happened to the American chestnut? Turn to this book for the answers, and no walk in the woods will ever be the same.

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Review: Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England

User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

I plan to re-read this book again and again. There is so many wonderful pieces of information contained in this book that it was impossible to take it all in a single pass. The writing and language ... Read full review

Review: Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England

User Review  - Perez Malone - Goodreads

I only have one quibble. the title should indicate that the book focuses on central new england. other than that, it was interesting, approachable, and useful. Read full review

About the author (1999)

Tom Wessels is an ecologist and the author of Reading theForested Landscape and Forest Forensics .He is the director of the Environmental Biology program at Antioch New England Graduate School.

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