Reading the Forested Landscape

A Natural History of New England

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Author: Tom Wessels

Publisher: Nature

ISBN: 9780881504200

Category: Nature

Page: 199

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

The Myth of Progress

Toward a Sustainable Future

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Author: Tom Wessels

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 1611684161

Category: Science

Page: 155

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A provocative critique of Western progress from a scientific perspective

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.

The Nature of Vermont

Introduction and Guide to a New England Environment

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Author: Charles W. Johnson

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 1611681316

Category: Nature

Page: 372

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An up-to-date overview of Vermont's geological, natural, and land use histories, in the context of past, present, and future human interactions with the landscape

Hikes in Southern New England

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont

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Author: David Emblidge

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811748650

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 292

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A guide to 27 great day hikes and overnight backpacking trips on the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont Includes elevation profiles, topographic maps, itineraries, and full descriptions of the sights and landmarks along the trail Directions and information on available parking given for each hike Completely revised and updated to reflect recent trail changes

Henry Knox and the Revolutionary War Trail in Western Massachusetts

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Author: Bernard A. Drew

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786489650

Category: History

Page: 348

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During the winter of 1776, in one of the most amazing logistical feats of the Revolutionary War, Henry Knox and his teamsters transported cannons from Fort Ticonderoga through the sparsely populated Berkshires to Boston to help drive British forces from the city. This history documents Knox’s precise route—dubbed the Henry Knox Trail—and chronicles the evolution of an ordinary Indian path into a fur corridor, a settlement trail, and eventually a war road. By recounting the growth of this important but under appreciated thoroughfare, this study offers critical insight into a vital Revolutionary supply route.

The Common Pot

The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast

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Author: Lisa Tanya Brooks

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816647836

Category: Social Science

Page: 346

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Literary critics frequently portray early Native American writers either as individuals caught between two worlds or as subjects who, even as they defied the colonial world, struggled to exist within it. In striking counterpoint to these analyses, Lisa Brooks demonstrates the ways in which Native leadersa including Samson Occom, Joseph Brant, Hendrick Aupaumut, and William Apessa adopted writing as a tool to reclaim rights and land in the Native networks of what is now the northeastern United States.

Forest Leaves

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Forest management

Page: N.A

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Thoreau's Country

Journey through a Transformed Landscape

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Author: David R. Foster,Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674037151

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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In 1977 David Foster took to the woods of New England to build a cabin with his own hands. Along with a few tools he brought a copy of the journals of Henry David Thoreau. Foster was struck by how different the forested landscape around him was from the one Thoreau described more than a century earlier. The sights and sounds that Thoreau experienced on his daily walks through nineteenth-century Concord were those of rolling farmland, small woodlands, and farmers endlessly working the land. As Foster explored the New England landscape, he discovered ancient ruins of cellar holes, stone walls, and abandoned cartways--all remnants of this earlier land now largely covered by forest. How had Thoreau's open countryside, shaped by ax and plough, divided by fences and laneways, become a forested landscape? Part ecological and historical puzzle, this book brings a vanished countryside to life in all its dimensions, human and natural, offering a rich record of human imprint upon the land. Extensive excerpts from the journals show us, through the vividly recorded details of daily life, a Thoreau intimately acquainted with the ways in which he and his neighbors were changing and remaking the New England landscape. Foster adds the perspective of a modern forest ecologist and landscape historian, using the journals to trace themes of historical and social change. Thoreau's journals evoke not a wilderness retreat but the emotions and natural history that come from an old and humanized landscape. It is with a new understanding of the human role in shaping that landscape, Foster argues, that we can best prepare ourselves to appreciate and conserve it today. From the journal: "I have collected and split up now quite a pile of driftwood--rails and riders and stems and stumps of trees--perhaps half or three quarters of a tree...Each stick I deal with has a history, and I read it as I am handling it, and, last of all, I remember my adventures in getting it, while it is burning in the winter evening. That is the most interesting part of its history. It has made part of a fence or a bridge, perchance, or has been rooted out of a clearing and bears the marks of fire on it...Thus one half of the value of my wood is enjoyed before it is housed, and the other half is equal to the whole value of an equal quantity of the wood which I buy." --October 20, 1855

Where the mountain stands alone

stories of place in the Monadnock Region

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Author: Howard Mansfield,Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture

Publisher: Univ Pr of New England

ISBN: 9781584655565

Category: History

Page: 369

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The mountain-haunted dreams and lives of small-town New England