I'm ordering it from my library tonight. The format of the book is unique, and extremely well-suited to its purpose. Connecting pieces and patterns, giving us a broader and deeper understanding of our earth, its history, and perhaps, its future. One of my big questions is how accurate is the information provided. Is that stone wall likely to have bounded a pasture or cropland? Finally, he rounds out the chapter with a historical discussion of the particular disturbance factor fire, wind storms, human interaction, etc.
He is the director of the Environmental Biology program at Antioch New England Graduate School. There is so many wonderful pieces of information contained in this book that it was impossible to take it all in a single pass. In 1978 he became an adjunct faculty member at and was instrumental in developing numerous courses in the yet very young Environmental Studies Department. The book is a series of chapters focusing on different topics. As I sit at my dinner table, I view 180 degrees of such a forested landscape. It's language is a bit abstract for the ninth graders I look at it with, but it brims with content.
Book Summary: The title of this book is Reading the Forested Landscape and it was written by , ,. Each chapter begins with an illustration and as the illustrations are discussed, questions arise. I feel a connection, a reverence, an enhancement and an inclusion that was not part of my previous walks. An intrepid sleuth and articulate tutor, Wessels teaches us to read a landscape the way we might solve a mystery. But I guess that there no other way but to guess. For a New Englander interested in natural history and without much of an ecology background, it sheds light on many of the landscape features and processes that may be missed or misunderstood. How do you tell the age of a beaver pond and determine if beavers still live there? Abstract: Landscape is much more than scenery to be observed or even terrain to be traveled, as this fascinating and many-layered book vividly shows us.
Publisher's Summary An intrepid sleuth and articulate tutor, Wessels teaches us to read a landscape the way we might solve a mystery. I feel grateful for this illuminating and beautifully written book. By learning about how these species have reacted to significant historical events, Wessels helps us interpret the forests at present, and possibly predict what may become of these specialized ecosystems in the future. Books that have entertained me. I can't give this book five stars because the illustrations were not as helpful as I would have liked. As we hiked the ought he woods, I had repeated questions about the ecology: how long does it take for a fallen tree to decompose? Look at this other clue here. Why were so many trees down is a particular area? What happened to the American chestnut? Why are pine trees dominant in one patch of forest and maples in another? He then guides us to understanding what one can learn from the etching through asking key questions and making more detailed observations.
I'd prefer to see photographs, particularly detailed closeups of some of the things discussed. I now have some basic methods to apply and just enough confidence to keep pushing forward, adding a new dimension to my enjoyment of the outdoors. What exactly is the meaning of all those stone walls in the middle of the forest? The book will help even beginners understand more about the forests surrounding them, although it helps if readers can at least recognize a beech tree from a maple or a pine before they start. How do you tell the age of a beaver pond and determine if beavers still live there? How do you tell the age of a beaver pond and determine if beavers still live there? As a Forrest roamer myself, I can hardly wait to put my new knowledge to use. And Lake Vermont, some 700 feet higher than today's Lake Champlain, was five times larger than present day Lake Champlain. I repeat: I Loved this but the last chapter left me suspended in the past.
There is so much to learn from this book! Then in the 1700's, the British started cutting large straight pines, for ship masts, and by the early 1800's, huge numbers of sheep had been introduced which is why most of the stone walls you see remnants of today were built. Wessels has since written an associated field guide Forest Forensics , complete with dichotomous key, even! We're trees with elevated roots avoiding wet soil, or did their up used to be something under them? Landscape is much more than scenery to be observed or even terrain to be traveled, as this fascinating and many-layered book vividly shows us. The book answered questions that I never dreamed could be answered. The writing and language was very easy to follow and stay engaged in. How do you tell the age of a beaver pond and determine if beavers still live there? The last section is in someways the most important, albeit the briefest. Fascinating read for anyone who wants to look more deeply into the forests they are walking through.
What can we infer from the presence of multi-stemmed maples? Etched into the land is the history of how we have inhabited it, the storms and fires that have shaped it, and its response to these and other changes. Connecting pieces and patterns, giving us a broader and deeper understanding of our earth, its history, and perhaps, its future. However, I found the natural history part of this book to be most interesting. Disturbances might include weather events like blowdowns, building of beaver dams, clearing of land for pasture, and fire. We're trees with elevated roots avoiding wet soil, or did their up used to be something under them? Each chapter focuses on a single form of disturbance - either man made or natural - that impacts the region's forests. SummaryA portrait of New England's forests chronicles their development from the pre-colonial era to the present through a study of natural patterns, explaining how readers can come to understand landscape mysteries by exploring animal habitats, the growths of native trees, and the disappearance of specific natural elements.
The last chapter tells of Wessels' concerns about the effects of global warming, and atmospheric deposition of acids, heavy metals, ozones, and pesticides. I plan to re-read this book again and again. His detective work is truly amazing and I left with so much new and exciting information. Turn to this book for the answers, and no walk in the woods will ever be the same. What exactly is the meaning of all those stone walls in the middle of the forest? Why are pine trees dominant in one patch of forest and maples in another? This is a wonderful book to read and then put into practice as you ramble around the wonderful landscapes of New England. Budding naturalists will find use for this text in schools and colleges, and the seasoned forester, woodland owner, and curious hiker will use it for insight and inspiration. After reading this book, you'll never look at a stump the same way.