Changing Nature of the Maine Woods

ISBN-10: 1584658320
ISBN-13: 9781584658320
Edition: 2012
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Description: The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods is both a fascinating introduction to the forests of Maine and a detailed but accessible narrative of the dynamism of these ecosystems. This is natural history with a long view, starting with an overview of the  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 7/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods is both a fascinating introduction to the forests of Maine and a detailed but accessible narrative of the dynamism of these ecosystems. This is natural history with a long view, starting with an overview of the state's geological history, the reemergence of the forest after glacial retreat, and the surprising changes right up to European arrival. The authors create a vivid picture of Maine forests just before the impact of Euro-Americans and trace the profound transformations since settlement.The book is ambitious in its geographic range, conveying a clear sense of how and why Maine forests differ across the length and breadth of the state, from the top of Mount Katahdin to the coast. Deploying groundbreaking research as well as engaging narratives, the authors assess key ecological forces such as climate change, insects and disease, nonnative organisms, natural disturbance, and changing land use to create a dramatic portrait of Maine forests--past, present, and future.This book both synthesizes the latest scientific discoveries regarding the changing forest and relates the findings to an educated lay and academic audience.

Preface
The Maine Woods: Through Time and Across Space
An Ancient Forest in Portland
Moosehead Lake
Maine Forests in Time and Space
About This Book
Common and Scientific Names of Species Used in the Text
From Rocks to Ice to Forests: How Did the Land and Forests of Maine Form and Change over Geological Time?
The Bog in the Basin
The Dynamic Earth
Origin of the Bedrock of Maine
Climate Change
Deglaciation and the Emergence of Land in Maine
How Glaciation Shaped the Maine Landscape
Life in a New World: The Forest Reconstituted
15,000 Years: Changing Environments, Changing Forests
Postglacial Animals of Maine
Lessons Learned
The Presettlement Forest of Maine: What Were the Forests Like before European Settlement?
Explorers: Observers of Maine's Presettlement Forest
Land Surveys of Maine's Presettlement Forest
Paleoecology: Remains from the Past
The Remnant Old-Growth Landscape: "Still Stands the Forest Primeval"
Remnant Old-Growth Stands: Museums of the Past
Conclusion
Observations by Early Explorers of the Forests along the Maine Coast
Observations of Forests by Travelers and Surveyors in the Interior of Maine before Division into Towns
Equivalent Vernacular Names for Maine Trees in Old Records
From European Settlement to Modern Times: How Did Human Culture Transform Maine Forests?
The Perham Farm, Sandy River Valley, Maine
Changes in the Land, Changes in the Forest
Before 1781: Colonial Maine and Its Forests
1781-1840: Settlers Come, White Pine Goes
1840-1880: Into the Interior-Forest Clearing, Tree Harvesting
1880-1920: The Remaking of the Maine Forests
1920-1970: Well-Worn Patterns
1970-2010: Conflict and Change
Maine Forests Today
Appendix 4.1: Chronology of Important Events in the History of the Maine Woods from European Settlement to Today
The Length and Breadth and Height of Maine: How and Why Do Forests Vary across the State?
Six Maine Nature Snapshots
Making Sense of the Diversity of Maine Forests
Maine's Place in the Natural Geography of North America
Dividing Up the State: The Ecoregions of Maine
The Natural Communities of Maine
Why Is Maine Ecologically Diverse?
Putting Classification into Practice: Maine's Conservation Network
Ecoregional Frameworks in Maine
Seven Ecoregions of Maine
The Natural Community System of Maine
The Future of the Maine Woods: What Will Maine Forests Be Like in the Year 2100?
View from a Maine Woodlot
The Future: Changing Environments, Changing Forests
Changing Nutrient Cycles: Acid Rain and Nitrogen Saturation
Changing Enemies: Invasive Exotic Insects, Diseases, and Plants
Changing Disturbance: Land Use-Forestry and Housing Development
Changing Climate
Interacting Stresses and Forest Dieback
The Future of the Maine Woods: Forecasts and Uncertainty
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index

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