The Northeast's changing forests

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Author: Lloyd C. Irland

Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 401

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The Northeast's Changing Forest reviews the history and conditions of the forest in the nine northeastern states. This diverse region stretches from the shores of Lake Erie to Passamaquoddy Bay and from Cape May, New Jersey to northern Maine. The forests range from the dune forest of the New Jersey beaches to subalpine forests in the White Mountains and the Adirondacks. Heavily cleared for agriculture in the nineteenth century, the region's forests have increased in area since 1909 by an amount equal to the entire forest area of Maine, which is 17 million acres. The region's forests can be thought of as five "forests," each playing a distinct economic role. In the Industrial Forest, the growing and harvesting of industrial wood is the primary use, accompanied by substantial use for hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and wilderness canoeing. In the Suburban Forest, the general emphasis on "green backdrop" roles belies the importance of casual recreation, firewood cutting, and industrial wood uses. In the Rural Forest of the region's farming and thinly settled rural areas, traditional forest uses continue. In the Recreational Forest, heavily developed areas for skiing, lakeside camps and resorts, and coastal developments set the tone. Finally, in the Wild Forest, preservation of nature is dominant. After generations when few aside from the landowner and technical communities paid the forests much attention, they have now become focal points for policy conflicts. Proposals for large additions to the Adirondack Park's Forever Wild lands, for creating a Maine Woods National Park, and for eliminating all timber harvesting on the region's National Forests are prominent examples. The legislatures of every state in the region deal annually with issues of forest taxation, forest practices regulation, public ownership, and land uses affecting forests. The Northeast's Changing Forest gives readers an historic, geographic, and ecological background for understanding the condition of the forests of the Northeast and the outlook for their future.

Katahdin, an Historic Journey

Legends, Explorations, and Preservation of Maine's Highest Peak Mountain

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Author: John W. Neff

Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 354

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Maine historian John Neff's compelling and comprehensive narrative traces the history, legend, and legacy of Mount Katahdin--the spectacular peak that looms over Maine's Great North Woods--from the earliest Native American stories to colonial exploration through the logging industry's peak to today's conservation successes and opportunities.

Settled in the Wild

Notes from the Edge of Town

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Author: Susan Hand Shetterly

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 9781565129733

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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Whether we live in cities, suburbs, or villages, we are encroaching on nature, and it in one way or another perseveres. Naturalist Susan Shetterly looks at how animals, humans, and plants share the land—observing her own neighborhood in rural Maine. She tells tales of the locals (humans, yes, but also snowshoe hares, raccoons, bobcats, turtles, salmon, ravens, hummingbirds, cormorants, sandpipers, and spring peepers). She expertly shows us how they all make their way in an ever-changing habitat. In writing about a displaced garter snake, witnessing the paving of a beloved dirt road, trapping a cricket with her young son, rescuing a fledgling raven, or the town's joy at the return of the alewife migration, Shetterly issues warnings even as she pays tribute to the resilience that abounds. Like the works of Annie Dillard and Aldo Leopold, Settled in the Wild takes a magnifying glass to the wildness that surrounds us. With keen perception and wit, Shetterly offers us an education in nature, one that should inspire us to preserve it.

The Stranger in the Woods

The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

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Author: Michael Finkel

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101875690

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality—not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own. A New York Times bestseller In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life—why did he leave? what did he learn?—as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.

The Maine Woods

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Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Maine

Page: 442

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A Year in Thoreau's Journal

1851

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Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140390858

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 339

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A complete year from Thoreau's journal offers an incisive look at the author's writing and thoughts.

Granite, Fire, and Fog

The Natural and Cultural History of Acadia

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Author: Tom Wessels

Publisher: University Press of New England

ISBN: 1512600458

Category: Nature

Page: 168

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Acadia National Park, on Maine's Mount Desert Island, is among the most popular national parks in the United States. From the road, visitors can experience magnificent vistas of summit and sea, but on a more intimate scale, equally compelling views abound along Acadia's hiking trails. Tom Wessels, an ecologist, naturalist, and avid hiker, attributes the park's popularity-and its unusual beauty-to the unique way in which earth, air, fire, and water-in the form of glacially scoured granite, winter winds, fire, and ocean fog-have converged to create a landscape that can be found nowhere else. In this beautifully illustrated book, Wessels invites readers to investigate the remarkable natural history of Mount Desert Island, along with the unique cultural story it gave rise to. This account of nature, terrain, and human interaction with the landscape will delight those who like to hike these bald summits, ride along the carriage roads, or explore the island's rugged shoreline. Wessels concludes with a guided tour of one of his favorite hikes, a ten-mile loop that will acquaint the reader with the diverse ecosystems described throughout his book.

My Life In The Maine Woods

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Author: Annette Jackson

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1787202232

Category: History

Page: 157

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My Life in the Maine Woods recounts Annette Jackson’s North Woods experiences during the 1930s when she, her husband and their children lived in a small cabin on the shore of Umsaskis Lake. Jackson, an avid sportswoman and nature lover, writes of hunting, fishing, campfire cooking, and the sounds of the wilderness through the seasons. She visits trappers and woodsmen, and tells what it’s like to sleep on a bed of pine boughs under the stars that shine on the legendary Allagash.

Woodswoman

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Author: Anne LaBastille

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781439508909

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 277

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A wildlife ecologist recounts her personal and professional observations and adventures in the wilderness of New York's Adirondack Mountains

Facing the Change

Personal Encounters with Global Warming

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Author: Steven Pavlos Holmes

Publisher: Torrey House Press

ISBN: 193722628X

Category: Nature

Page: 173

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"Steven Pavlos Holmes offers a rich, refreshing, and much-needed collection of personal responses to climate change. Though the volume is slender, its selections of poetry and prose—written over the past ten years by a variety of mostly lesser–known authors—provide a tonal and emotional diversity that makes the collection accessible." —ISLE "One puts down this book…with a real sense of hope for the future. It is also a book worth dipping into from time to time, yielding enough variety to sustain a re–reading, enough urgency in its many voices to remind us why we need to act, and enough wisdom in its insights to persuade us that we can each make a difference." —GREEN LETTERS: STUDIES IN ECOCRITICISM "Amidst the current deluge of statistics about global warming, this book provides a refreshing look at how individuals are affected. This is a beautiful book to keep near, open at random, and share the words of gifted writers as they prepare for the coming changes." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "Holmes, a scholar in environmental humanities, has assembled a rich, varied collection of personal accounts and poems...An artistic and intimate approach to the problem that humanizes our concerns." —BOOKLIST "Steven Holmes has gathered compelling testimonies about the ways our earthly home is changing in the short space of our own lifetimes. They beg us to pay attention and act. We are wise to heed these passionate voices.” —CHIP WARD, author of Hope's Horizon "These earnest and heartfelt poems, essays, and imaginings change our discourse from data to personal testimony, channeling ‘care and concern.’ Maybe, just maybe, these authors who call us to ‘unheroic’ action ‘on life’s behalf’ will steer us away from tragedy and chaos. ‘Emerging from denial is like moving from blindness to light.’ As the refrain from one writer puts it, ‘Good Lord! Good luck!'" —STEPHEN TRIMBLE, author of Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America "Facing the Change shares the stories of some of the many people in the US and the world who are already witnessing climate change here and now. They are giving us early warning signs; it's up to all of us to act now." —MAE BOEVE, executive director of 350.org "Facing the Change registers the impact of climate destabilization, not only on the sky above us and the earth beneath our feet, but also within our hearts. The voices in this eloquent and original book convey the dread and grief, the anger, but also the experiences of love and community that are intensified by the defining ecological challenge of our time." —JOHN ELDER, author of Reading the Mountains of Home, editor of The Norton Book of Nature "These eloquent stories, essays, and poems by scores of 'emotional and cultural first responders' to the effects of climate change are sure to deliver a powerful wake-up call to anyone who has supposed that nothing an individual person can say or do will affect this impending disaster." —LAWRENCE BUELL, author of The Environmental Imagination "...the contributors to Facing the Change have begun to reveal the experiential heart of a planetary process. This is a truly important project." —SCOTT SLOVIC, editor of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment

Ecology and Recovery of Eastern Old-Growth Forests

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Author: Andrew M. Barton,William S. Keeton

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1610918908

Category: Nature

Page: 368

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The landscapes of North America, including eastern forests, have been shaped by humans for millennia, through fire, agriculture, hunting, and other means. But the arrival of Europeans on America’s eastern shores several centuries ago ushered in the rapid conversion of forests and woodlands to other land uses. By the twentieth century, it appeared that old-growth forests in the eastern United States were gone, replaced by cities, farms, transportation networks, and second-growth forests. Since that time, however, numerous remnants of eastern old growth have been discovered, meticulously mapped, and studied. Many of these ancient stands retain surprisingly robust complexity and vigor, and forest ecologists are eager to develop strategies for their restoration and for nurturing additional stands of old growth that will foster biological diversity, reduce impacts of climate change, and serve as benchmarks for how natural systems operate. Forest ecologists William Keeton and Andrew Barton bring together a volume that breaks new ground in our understanding of ecological systems and their importance for forest resilience in an age of rapid environmental change. This edited volume covers a broad geographic canvas, from eastern Canada and the Upper Great Lakes states to the deep South. It looks at a wide diversity of ecosystems, including spruce-fir, northern deciduous, southern Appalachian deciduous, southern swamp hardwoods, and longleaf pine. Chapters authored by leading old-growth experts examine topics of contemporary forest ecology including forest structure and dynamics, below-ground soil processes, biological diversity, differences between historical and modern forests, carbon and climate change mitigation, management of old growth, and more. This thoughtful treatise broadly communicates important new discoveries to scientists, land managers, and students and breathes fresh life into the hope for sensible, effective management of old-growth stands in eastern forests.

The Snoring Bird

My Family's Journey Through a Century of Biology

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Author: Bernd Heinrich

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061977837

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

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Although Gerd Heinrich, a devoted naturalist, specialized in wasps, Bernd Heinrich tried to distance himself from his "old-fashioned" father, becoming a hybrid: a modern, experimental biologist with a naturalist's sensibilities. In this extraordinary memoir, the award-winning author shares the ways in which his relationship with his father, combined with his unique childhood, molded him into the scientist, and man, he is today. From Gerd's days as a soldier in Europe and the family's daring escape from the Red Army in 1945 to the rustic Maine farm they came to call home, Heinrich relates it all in his trademark style, making science accessible and awe-inspiring.

Cabin

Two Brothers, a Dream, and Five Acres in Maine

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Author: Lou Ureneck

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 0143122088

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 243

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Describes the author's determination, after a period of personal setbacks, to construct a post-and-beam cabin in the woods of western Maine with his younger brother, an effort that was marked by unexpected challenges and memories of his childhood.

The Poacher's Son

A Novel

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Author: Paul Doiron

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781429926393

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Set in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive---his own father. Game warden Mike Bowditch returns home one evening to find an alarming voice from the past on his answering machine: his father, Jack, a hard-drinking womanizer who makes his living poaching illegal game. An even more frightening call comes the next morning from the police: They are searching for the man who killed a beloved local cop the night before---and his father is their prime suspect. Jack has escaped from police custody, and only Mike believes that his tormented father might not be guilty. Now, alienated from the woman he loves, shunned by colleagues who have no sympathy for the suspected cop killer, Mike must come to terms with his haunted past. He knows firsthand Jack's brutality, but is the man capable of murder? Desperate and alone, Mike strikes up an uneasy alliance with a retired warden pilot, and together the two men journey deep into the Maine wilderness in search of a runaway fugitive. There they meet a beautiful woman who claims to be Jack's mistress but who seems to be guarding a more dangerous secret. The only way for Mike to save his father now is to find the real killer---which could mean putting everyone he loves in the line of fire. The Poacher's Son is a sterling debut of literary suspense. Taut and engrossing, it represents the first in a series featuring Mike Bowditch.

Reading the Forested Landscape

A Natural History of New England

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Author: Tom Wessels

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780881504200

Category: Nature

Page: 199

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Chronicles the forest in New England from the Ice Age to current challenges

Walden

150th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of the American Classic

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Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547345496

Category: Nature

Page: 352

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Henry David Thoreau was just a few days short of his twenty-eighth birthday when he built a cabin on the shore of Walden Pond and began one of the most famous experiments in living in American history. Originally he was not, apparently, intending to write a book about his life at the pond, but nine years later, in August of 1854, Houghton Mifflin's predecessor, Ticknor and Fields, published Walden; or, a Life in the Woods. At the time the book was largely ignored, and it took five years to sell out the first printing of two thousand copies. It was not until 1862, the year of Thoreau's death, that the book was brought back into print. Since then It has never been out of print. Published in hundreds of editions and translated into virtually every modern language, it has become one of the most widely read and influential books ever written, not only in this country but throughout the world. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is proud to present the most beautiful edition ever published of Thoreau's masterpiece. This new edition features spectacular color photographs by Scot Miller that capture Walden as vividly as Thoreau's words do. The book is being published in association with the Walden Woods Project, which is dedicated to preserving the lands Thoreau wrote about. For each copy sold, Houghton Mifflin and Scot Miller are making a donation to the Walden Woods Project.

Thoreau's Book of Quotations

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Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486159310

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 64

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In more than 600 striking, thought-provoking excerpts, grouped under 17 headings, Thoreau rails against injustice, gives voice to his love of nature, and advocates simplicity and conscious living. Note.

A Walk in the Woods

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Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Anchor Canada

ISBN: 0385674546

Category: Travel

Page: 304

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God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake a gruelling hike along the world's longest continuous footpath—The Appalachian Trail. The 2,000-plus-mile trail winds through 14 states, stretching along the east coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine. It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in North America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas. With his offbeat sensibility, his eye for the absurd, and his laugh-out-loud sense of humour, Bryson recounts his confrontations with nature at its most uncompromising over his five-month journey. An instant classic, riotously funny, A Walk in the Woods will add a whole new audience to the legions of Bill Bryson fans.

Maine's Favorite Birds

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Author: Jeffrey V. Wells,Allison Childs Wells

Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers and Cadent Publishing

ISBN: 0884483533

Category: Nature

Page: 72

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From lush forests and rocky coastlines to lakes, mountains, and rolling fields, spectacular natural beauty and diverse habitats make Maine a wonderful place for seeing and hearing some of North America's most iconic birds. This fresh new book highlights the birds that are loved by Mainers and essential to why millions of tourists visit each year. Written by well-known birders and native Mainers, and based on their years of experience answering questions, leading bird walks, and teaching people about birds, Maine's Favorite Birds puts the focus on Maine's most-loved and best-known birds. This makes the book uniquely suited to bird enthusiasts who want to identify and learn more about the birds around them without the expense and confusion of more advanced field guides. Maine's Favorite Birds features each bird beautifully illustrated in large format, accompanied by clear and concise identification tips, habitat references, and easy-to-remember song descriptions. It also includes birding hot spots and ways birders can put their observations to use for science and conservation. Maine's Favorite Birds is perfect for everyone from kids to grandparents, parents to teachers, Mainers and tourists alike anyone who wants to know and better appreciate the birds they see in backyards, parks, wild areas, and nature preserves.