The Secret Life of the Forest The Secret Life of the Forest

The Secret Life of the Forest

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Publisher Description

In any given year, millions of people visit one or more of the 154 national forests in the United States, not to mention the hundreds of thousands who spend some time in the private forests of the nation. All of them - hikers, hunters, fishermen, campers, and canoeists - are drawn to the woods for some special reason. Yet few of them see the forest as a whole, as the web of life it truly is. Here, from New York Times bestselling author Richard M. Ketchum, is the extraordinary story of forests and the trees that comprise them.

GENRE
Science & Nature
RELEASED
2017
March 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
165
Pages
PUBLISHER
New Word City, Inc.
SELLER
New Word City
SIZE
11.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Jandbg15 ,

A WONDER-FILLED BOOK

I admit to being a bit of a tree nerd, not because I can name dozens of varieties, I can’t name more than a couple. I am a tree nerd because more than anything I can think of, trees represent the perfect order of nature, and beyond that, the mysterious nature of order.

This book is made up of a dozen short but sweet chapters which clearly explain not only how these wonders work, but how they both serve us and shame us.

I knew that the native Americans once lived in forests that carpeted almost all of the vast eastern half of the continent. Settlers arrived from a largely tree-barren Europe to the wonders of this place, most of which had to do with the flora and fauna that defines ancient forests.

Today we drive endless hours on land that once supported forests so heavy they were called dark forests, and it took a reemergence somewhere in today’s state of Illinois before they could see or feel the sun’s warm rays.

Sadly, the historical abuse of trees is connected directly to the progress of western civilization, so in the blink of an anthropological eye, this place as virtually neutered of trees and the wondrous habitat they supported.

It is estimated that simple tree removal to provide early pioneer fenceposts, cabins, furniture and firewood set into motion a dramatic change in the ecological balance of nature that created dust bowls, drought, deserts and dead prairies where
once mighty forests stood. It is estimated that to recreate the ecosystem of an acre of virgin forest cut down for lumber, or burned down for pasture land, takes 200 years.

Read this extremely reader friendly book to discover how all this works, and also, give yourself a chance to become a tree nerd who cherishes and understands the immense value of a single tree, much less our priceless protected forests. You will also learn how to appreciate modern efforts of the enlightened and responsible stewardship that has begun to protect and propagate this priceless gift in America. It’s not too late, but the clock is ticking.

I can’t recommend a book more than this.

JG

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