Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2004 - Nature - 322 pages
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Covering 92 million acres from Virginia to Texas, the longleaf pine ecosystem was, in its prime, one of the most extensive and biologically diverse ecosystems in North America. Today these magnificent forests have declined to a fraction of their original
 

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Contents

Land of the Longleaf Pine
1
Ecology
5
What Bartram Saw
7
Fire in the Cathedral
17
A Wondrous Diversity
32
Webs of Life
46
Exploitation
71
Tar Kilns and Tar Heels
85
Forestry Practice and Malpractice
175
Health Quail and Fire
190
Fools for Longleaf
208
Ecosystem Restoration
227
Woodpeckers and Forests
229
Restoring an Ecosystem
248
A Presence on the Land?
267
Notes
273

Getting Turpentine
97
A Reckless Destruction
131
Assault on the Southern Pines
150
Forest Management
173
Bibliography
289
Index
313
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Lawrence S. Earley, former editor of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine, is a writer and photographer living in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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