Northwest California: A Natural History

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University of California Press, Aug 15, 2006 - Nature - 264 pages
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Northwestern California is mainly known for its majestic redwood forests and incomparable coastline, but there is much more in its rich biota and scenery. The forests are part of the most diverse temperate coniferous forest in the world. Rugged mountains, numerous lakes, wilderness areas, and wild rivers attract outdoor enthusiasts and geologists came here to refine the theory of plate tectonics. Distilling a vast amount of knowledge, this book is the starting point for anyone who wants to explore the biological and geographical richness of northwestern California. John O. Sawyer describes the famous forests and varied landscapes from a geographic perspective. He explains its long geological history and the changing roles of fire and land use. The result of a lifetime of work, his rich narrative illustrates how the region, in many ways the least modified portion of the state, is a place where plants and animals have been shielded from extinction. Sawyer documents the restoration of dunes and forests, the control of nonnative plant invasions, and innovative approaches to restoring rivers so they can support thriving fisheries.
 

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An invaluable resource for anyone interested in the complex natural history of the region.

Contents

Land of Mountains and Canyons
1
Land of Towering Trees
28
Looking for Patterns in Vegetation
51
Beyond the Ancient Meeting Ground
85
Regimes of Fire
106
Agents of Change
125
Plates
129
The Status of Northwest California Today
149
Northwest Californias Biological Future
187
Selected Readings
197
Index of Plant Names
211
General Index
229
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John O. Sawyer is Professor of Botany, Emeritus, at Humboldt State University. Among his books is Trees and Shrubs of California, from UC Press.

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