Green Phoenix Restoring the Tropical Forests of Guanacaste, Costa Rica

ISBN-10: 0195161777
ISBN-13: 9780195161779
Edition: N/A
Authors: William Allen
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Book details

List price: $53.00
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/9/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Can we prevent the destruction of the world's tropical forests? In the fire-scarred hills of Costa Rica, award-winning science writer William Allen found a remarkable answer: we can not only prevent their destruction--we can bring them back to their former glory. In Green Phoenix, Allen tells the gripping story of a large group of Costa Rican and American scientists and volunteers who set out to save the tropical forests in the northwestern section of the country. It was an area badly damaged by the fires of ranchers and small farmers; in many places a few strands of forest strung across a charred landscape. Despite the widely held belief that tropical forests, once lost, are lost forever, the team led by the dynamic Daniel Janzen from the University of Pennsylvania moved relentlessly ahead, taking a broad array of political, ecological, and social steps necessary for restoration. They began with 39 square miles and, by 2000, they had stitched together and revived some 463 square miles of land and another 290 of marine area. Today this region is known as the Guanacaste Conservation Area, a fabulously rich landscape of dry forest, cloud forest, and rain forest that gives life to some 235,000 species of plants and animals. It may be the greatest environmental success of our time, a prime example of how extensive devastation can be halted and reversed. This is an inspiring story, and in recounting it, Allen writes with vivid power. He creates lasting images of pristine beaches and dense forest and captures the heroics and skill of the scientific teams, especially the larger-than-life personality of the maverick ecologist Daniel Janzen. It is a book everyone concerned about the environment will want to own.

Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Contrafuego
In the Place of the Tree with Ears
The Nucleus
Canon del Tigre
The Ant and the Acacia
The Tree with Ears
The Fires of Guanacaste
The Living Dead
The Battle Plan
Advancing through the World of Wounds
A Tropical Christmas Catalogue
Earthquakes
Little Dances
The Clifftop and the Volcano
Home Runs
The Green Magician
Touch of the Money Spider
The Rising Phoenix
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
A Time of War
The Vigilant
Life Jackets
Epilogue: Lessons from a Tropical Kitty Hawk
Bibliography
Index

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