Looking for Longleaf The Fall and Rise of an American Forest

ISBN-10: 0807856991
ISBN-13: 9780807856994
Edition: 2006
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Description: Covering 92 million acres from Virginia to Texas, the longleaf pine ecosystem was, in its prime, one of the most extensive and biologically diverse ecosystems in North America. Today these magnificent forests have declined to a fraction of their  More...

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List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Covering 92 million acres from Virginia to Texas, the longleaf pine ecosystem was, in its prime, one of the most extensive and biologically diverse ecosystems in North America. Today these magnificent forests have declined to a fraction of their original extent, threatening such species as the gopher tortoise, the red-cockaded woodpecker, and the Venus fly-trap. Conservationists have proclaimed longleaf restoration a major goal, but has it come too late? InLooking for Longleaf, Lawrence S. Earley explores the history of these forests and the astonishing biodiversity of the longleaf ecosystem, drawing on extensive research and telling the story through first-person travel accounts and interviews with foresters, ecologists, biologists, botanists, and landowners. For centuries, these vast grass-covered forests provided pasture for large cattle herds, in addition to serving as the world's greatest source of naval stores. They sustained the exploitative turpentine and lumber industries until nearly all of the virgin longleaf had vanished. Looking for Longleafdemonstrates how, in the twentieth century, forest managers and ecologists struggled to understand the special demands of longleaf and to halt its overall decline. The compelling story Earley tells here offers hope that with continued human commitment, the longleaf pine might not just survive, but once again thrive.

Lawrence S. Earley, former editor of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine, is a writer and photographer living in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Acknowledgments
Prologue: Land of the Longleaf Pine
Ecology
What Bartram Saw
Fire in the Cathedral
A Wondrous Diversity
Webs of Life
Exploitation
Piney Woods People
Tar Kilns and Tar Heels
Getting Turpentine
A Reckless Destruction
Assault on the Southern Pines
Forest Management
Forestry Practice and Malpractice
Health, Quail, and Fire
Fools for Longleaf
Ecosystem Restoration
Woodpeckers and Forests
Restoring an Ecosystem
Epilogue: A Presence on the Land?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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