Trees in Paradise A California History

ISBN-10: 0393078027

ISBN-13: 9780393078022

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jared Farmer

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Brown was the dominant hue of California, a largely treeless landscape in the 1850s. American settlers quickly began to “improve” the scene, planting millions of trees to creategroves, wooded suburbs, and landscaped cities. A century later eucalypts defined the look of lowland California; profitable citrus colonies dominated the Southland; and graceful palms spoke of Los Angeles style. Meanwhile, the old-growth redwood forests of the North Coast became infrastructure, transformed by the saw teeth of American enterprise.This new landscape was no paradise: eucalypts exploded in fire; orange groves froze on cold nights; palms harbored rats and dropped heavy fronds on streets below. Disease, infestation, and sprawl all spelled decline for these nonnative evergreens. In the north, however, a new forest of second-growth redwood took root, nurtured by public and private action. In this dazzling account, history and nature combine to yield a rich new perspective on the Golden State.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 592
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.45" long x 1.62" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Jared Farmer, a Utah native and former Californian, is the author of On Zion's Mount, a landscape history awarded the prestigious Parkman Prize for literary excellence. He teaches history at Stony Brook University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Redwoods: The Value of Longevity
Twilight of the Giants
Debut of the Big Tree
American Remains
Land Going to Waste
Consuming the Redwoods
The Perpetual Last Stand
Saving the Redwoods
Clean Logging
Park Politics
Old-Growth Crusade
Eucalypts: The Taxonomy of Belonging
Immigration and Naturalization Acclimatizing with Blue Gum
New Varieties, New Authorities
Boom and Bust
Sense of Place
Natives, Aliens, and (Bio)diversity
Putting Out Fires
Tree Hazards
California Native Plants
Invasion of the Nonnatives
Sense of Place, Again
Citruses: The Industry of Growth
Orange Revolution
Special Fruit
The Citrus Belt
Problems of Plenty
Tree Workers
Managerial Control
Cultural Costs
Laboratories in the Grove
To Smudge Or Not to Smudge
Subdivide and Uproot
Bugs in the System
Palms: The Ecology of Style
Cosmopolitan Fronds
Domestic Exotica
Street Trees and City Boosters
Flora of the Stars
Aesthetic Infrastructure
Sunbelt Design
Wilted Crowns
The Plasticity of Trees
Beyond L.A.
Appendix: Common and Scientific Names of Species
Further Reading
Illustration Credits
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