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Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England (Nature) Contributor(s): Wessels, Tom (Author) , Zwinger, Ann H (Foreword by) , Cohen, Brian D (Illustrator)

Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England (Nature) Contributor(s): Wessels, Tom (Author) , Zwinger, Ann H (Foreword by) , Cohen, Brian D (Illustrator)

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Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England (Nature)
Contributor(s): Wessels, Tom (Author) , Zwinger, Ann H (Foreword by) , Cohen, Brian D (Illustrator)

ISBN: 0881504203    EAN: 9780881504200
Publisher: Countryman Press    
US SRP: $22.95 USD
Binding: Paperback
Copyright Date: 1999
Pub Date: September 20, 2005
Physical Info: 0.52" H x 8.03" L x 9.04" W (1.14 lbs) 200 pages

A full and wholly original portrait of New England's forests, tracing their evolution from pre-colonial days to the present through a study of the patterns we see today. Read this book, is many fans have said, and no walk in the woods will ever be the same.

Most books and courses on natural history focus on the identification of one small aspect of the complex world outside our doors. We may know how to identify our neighborhood trees but not know why pine are dominant in one place and maple in another; we may notice fungus growing on a beech trunk but not know the devastating impact of blights on our forests over the centuries. Tom Wessels, who has spent more than twenty years interpreting New England's landscape and teaching others to see "the forest for the trees," argues that by coming to a fuller understanding of our home ground, we achieve a greater sense of place.

An intrepid sleuth and articulate tutor, Wessels teaches us to read a landscape the way we might solve a mystery. Each chapter addresses a form of forest disturbance common in New England--fire, logging, and blight are examples--and depicts it in an extraordinary, full-page etching. Studying Wessels's descriptions of forest scenes in conjunction with Cohen's visual portraits teaches us to identify disturbance patterns and, in turn, to take our discoveries outside and read the history written in the character of the land.


Review Quotes:
The etchings in Reading the Forested Landscape are fabulous and the text is more entertaining than The Disney Channel.--Brian Downey "Peterborough, NH Transcript"


Tom Wessels evokes ancient logging roads from the weathered scars on trees deep in the New England forest.....he brings alive the intricate, interwoven, and ever-changing story of his region. I feel grateful for this illuminating and beautifully written book.--John Elder, author of Reading the Mountains of Home
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