Forest Forensics

Author: Tom Wessels
Publisher: The Countryman Press
ISBN: 9780881509182
Release Date: 2010-09-20
Genre: Nature

This is a field guide that residents and visitors, landowners and foresters, students and hikers, and anyone who walks in the woods of the Northeast can use to discern the history of virtually any piece of land. What is the evidence: Are trees old or young? Are they standing or have they fallen? Did they snap mid-trunk or tip up with their roots? What is the human footprint on the land - stone walls, open fields - and how has it influenced the landscape? If you ever come across a place so unique, so damaged, or so lovely that it made you wonder how it arrived at that state and what it looked like a hundred years ago, you've finally go the key to deciphering that mystery in Forest Forensics.

Reading the Forested Landscape

Author: Tom Wessels
Publisher:
ISBN: 0881504203
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Nature

Chronicles the forest in New England from the Ice Age to current challenges

Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England

Author: Kenn Kaufman
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618456970
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Nature

Presents an illustrated field guide to the plants, wildlife, night sky, and natural environments of New England.

Exploring Stone Walls

Author: Robert Thorson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802719260
Release Date: 2009-05-26
Genre: Nature

The only field guide to stone walls in the Northeast. Exploring Stone Walls is like being in Thorson's geology classroom, as he presents the many clues that allow you to determine any wall's history, age, and purpose. Thorson highlights forty-five places to see interesting and noteworthy walls, many of which are in public parks and preserves, from Acadia National Park in Maine to the South Fork of Long Island. Visit the tallest stone wall (Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island), the most famous (Robert Frost's mending wall in Derry, New Hampshire), and many more. This field guide will broaden your horizons and deepen your appreciation of New England's rural history.

Reading the Landscape of America

Author: May Theilgaard Watts
Publisher: Nature Study Guild Publishers
ISBN: 0912550236
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Science

In this natural history classic, the author takes the reader on field trips to landscapes across America, both domesticated and wild. She shows how to read the stories written in the land, interpreting the clues laid down by history, culture, and natural forces. A renowned teacher, writer and conservationist in her native Midwest, Watts studied with Henry Cowles, the pioneering American ecologist. She was the first to explain his theories of plant succesion to the general public. Her graceful, witty essays, with charming illustrations by the author, are still relevant and engaging today, as she invites us to see the world around us with fresh eyes.

Common Sense Forestry

Author: Hans W. Morsbach
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781931498210
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Common Sense Forestry relates thirty years' experience of an environmentally conscious woodland owner. Much of the book is devoted to starting a forest and how to maintain it. It answers such questions as: What seedlings to buy? Should your forest be monoculture or a mixed forest? What is the payback for planting and maintaining a forest? Is seeding a good way to start a forest? What kind of seeds work best? Does it pay to hire a consultant? What should he/she do for you? Does it pay to do much maintenance in your forest? How should I prune? Is timberland improvement worthwhile? How, when and whether to thin? How to herbicide and when? Can the damage done to nature by chemicals be justified by the benefits to your seedlings? What are the economics of woodland ownership? Although intended for private woodland owners, the book is used as a classroom text in universities. The book is more practical than technical, yet still imparts knowledge of basic forestry, explaining terms such as succession and shade tolerance and how to apply these concepts in practice. Even sophisticated concepts are covered in plain, non-technical terms.

The Myth of Progress

Author: Tom Wessels
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 9781611684162
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Science

A provocative critique of Western progress from a scientific perspective

Stone by Stone

Author: Robert Thorson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802719201
Release Date: 2009-05-26
Genre: History

There once may have been 250,000 miles of stone walls in America's Northeast, stretching farther than the distance to the moon. They took three billion man-hours to build. And even though most are crumbling today, they contain a magnificent scientific and cultural story-about the geothermal forces that formed their stones, the tectonic movements that brought them to the surface, the glacial tide that broke them apart, the earth that held them for so long, and about the humans who built them. Stone walls layer time like Russian dolls, their smallest elements reflecting the longest spans, and Thorson urges us to study them, for each stone has its own story. Linking geological history to the early American experience, Stone by Stone presents a fascinating picture of the land the Pilgrims settled, allowing us to see and understand it with new eyes.

Bark

Author: Michael Wojtech
Publisher:
ISBN: 1584658525
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Nature

What kind of tree is that? From Maine to New York, you'll never be stumped again with this handy companion to the trees of the Northeast, either out in the woods or in your own backyard.

Reading Rural Landscapes A Field Guide to New England s Past

Author: Robert Stanford
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers and Cadent Publishing
ISBN: 9780884483700
Release Date: 2015-07-30
Genre: Nature

William Faulkner once said, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." Nowhere can you see the truth behind his comment more plainly than in rural New England, especially Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and western Massachusetts. Everywhere we go in rural New England, the past surrounds us. In the woods and fields and along country roads, the traces are everywhere if we know what to look for and how to interpret what we see. A patch of neglected daylilies marks a long-abandoned homestead. A grown-over cellar hole with nearby stumps and remnants of stone wall and orchard shows us where a farm has been reclaimed by forest. And a piece of a stone dam and wooden sluice mark the site of a long-gone mill. Although slumping back into the landscape, these features speak to us if we can hear them and they can guide us to ancestral homesteads and famous sites. Lavishly illustrated with drawings and color photos. Provides the keys to interpret human artifacts in fields, woods, and roadsides and to reconstruct the past from surviving clues. Perfect to carry in a backpack or glove box. A unique and valuable resource for road trips, genealogical research, naturalists, and historians.

The Granite Landscape

Author: Tom Wessels
Publisher:
ISBN: 0881505285
Release Date: 2002-09
Genre: Nature

Chronicles and illustrates the natural history of North America's granite summits, introducing the origins of granite domes and mountains in Yosemite National Park, New York's Adirondack Mountains, and Maine's Acadia National Park.

A Sierra Club Naturalist s Guide to Southern New England

Author: Neil Jorgensen
Publisher: Random House (NY)
ISBN: WISC:89031190291
Release Date: 1978
Genre: Science

Identifies characteristic plants and animals in diverse ecological communities in New England, exploring the interrelationships among flora, fauna, and geology