Longleaf: Far as the Eye Can See will be available October 1, 2012
$35.00 plus shipping and handling
Longleaf forests once covered 92 million acres from Maryland to Florida to Texas. These grand old-growth pines were the "alpha tree" of the largest forest ecosystem in North America and have come to define the southern forest. But logging, suppression of fire and a complex web of other factors reduced those forest so that longleaf is now found on only 3 million acres. Fortunately, the stately tree is enjoying a resurgence of interest, and longleaf forests are once again spreading across the South. Blending a compelling narrative by writers Bill Finch, Rhett Johnson, and John C. Hall with Beth Maynor Young’s breathtaking photography, Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See invites readers to experience the astounding beauty and significance of the majestic longleaf ecosystem.
The authors explore the interactions of longleaf with other species, the development of longleaf forests prior to human contact, and the influence of the tree on southern culture, as well as ongoing efforts to restore these forests. Part natural history, part conservation advocacy, and part cultural exploration, this book highlights the special nature of longleaf forests and proposes ways to conserve and expand them.
"The longleaf pine, presiding over the biologically richest region of North American, is well served by this beautifully written book."
-E.O. Wilson, from the Foreword.